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No Yellow Change (Yet?)

Train stops riders in their tracks. (Click for video)

Rarely does the peloton come to a standstill, but today it did so momentarily for a passing train!

Stage 16 victory 

In a single-man breakaway from the breakaway, Team Movistar’s Rui Costa scored a solo stage 16 win, 42 seconds ahead of his closest threats and more than 11 minutes ahead of the yellow jersey group.  This does nothing however to change Chris Froome’s overall standing– his more than four-minute hold on le maillot jaune– despite apparently increasing efforts by his biggest rival, two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador.  Even with the Alps to come, it’s obvious the leading riders are beginning to see Le Tour’s end.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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Looking Good…

On this Bastille Day, some 300 thousand die-hard spectators lined the path of what’s considered cycling’s most difficult climb.  The fact it came at the end of Le Tour’s longest stage didn’t make the feat any easier.

Froome takes Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day.

As it happened, overall leader Chris Froome ascented to a first-for-Britain win atop the feared Mont Ventoux, not only retaining le maillot jaune which he snagged a week ago, but also earning the polka dot jersey while re-stretching his lead time to more than four minutes.  Paris is clearly looking good for him, though of course an entire week remains.  In any case, after the collective exhaustion of reaching this stage 15 summit finish, tomorrow’s second rest day must for everyone look as good as Froome did today.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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Getting Real.

Stage 8: Let The Climbing Begin!

One down, two to go– referring to weeks, that is!  And some will say the real Tour began today, if of course you equate “real” with the battle for le maillot jaune as intense climbing got underway with stage 8 in the Pyrenees.

A suspenseful, spectator-filled climb it was to the high point of Le Tour 2013, Col de Pailheres.  Silly me for turning away from the television for a few minutes this morning to get ready for my own 70-mile ride, because before I knew it the leader of the day’s biggest climb was overtaken on the final climb to the finish.

In the end, we’re left with another stage winner and another passing of said maillot.  Way to go Froome!

Chris Froome wins stage 8 and takes yellow!

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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Enough With Second.

No sooner did I wish for it yesterday than now it happened.  After his series of second-place finishes, and thanks to incredible teamwork, Peter Sagan finally got his win today in stage 7!

By more than a bike length!

 Meanwhile, what I hoped against two days ago came today after another crash and without much surprise.  That is, Christian Vande Velde is out, his last Tour cut short under less-than-desirable circumstances.

Then of course, the maillot jaune that yesterday went for the first time in Tour history to a South African rider remains with him today, having been passed among teammates from Simon Gerrans to Daryl Impey.  And from here we move on to the Pyrenees, where it could quickly change shoulders yet again!

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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