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Thinking Fast.

As the sprinters raced to the finish line of today’s primarily flat stage, my own thoughts sped along with them.  Would this finally be Peter Sagan’s day, giving him a well-deserved first Tour win of the year?  Or rather, would “The Missile” take back-to-back stage victories and up his magic number to 25?  As usual, they got to the front of the peloton in those key final moments today, after both having to do some unusual– for them at least– catching-up.  Bike trouble delayed Sagan momentarily, while Cavendish picked himself up from a crash.  From there– impressive as always– it was all about teamwork and rolling mechanics to put them back in position.

Talk about thinking fast.  It turns out my speeding thoughts couldn’t keep up, because I was wrong on both questions.  The Missile had to settle for the number four spot today, while the 23-year-old Slovakian saw his THIRD second-place finish of the year thus far.  After all these “seconds”, I’m really looking forward to a stage win for Sagan.  For now I’m glad he holds onto the sprinter’s green jersey.

In any case, another day in France is done, now with four more rider losses unfortunately.  Today’s accolades for stage 6 go to– in addition to the impressive teamwork of Sagan’s Cannondale and the valiant yet unsuccessful effort of Nacer Bouhanni– the big winner du jour of course, the always-powerful Andre Greipel.

It’s Greipel’s Day!


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Narrowly Enough.

Click to watch video of this incident

Why on earth does this continue to happen?  It’s happened before, causing disaster.  Fortunately THIS time disaster was averted, narrowly enough, as stage 2 of the 100th Tour de France rolled to an exciting and non-injurious finish on the Island of Corsica today.  Still, this unforgivable moment had to be suffered, one that makes me more angry than anything else at those responsible for easily preventing such an occurrence.

Meanwhile, here on this last day of the first half of 2013– in my own modest fraction of road cycling– I’ve hit my easy mark.  With the help of Strava, I’m right on course to hit 5,000 miles this year, narrowly enough.

My first half of 2013 in the saddle

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France, Cycling


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As Usual… But Most UN-usual.

The stage one finish line, just minutes before riders crossed it.

So THIS is how the 100th Tour de France gets underway?  Really?  Well, yes.  Really.  I mean, a big crash of riders less than two miles from the finish– as happened today involving Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish– is one thing, unfortunate yet par for the course.  However, a team bus stuck under the finish line’s timing banner, with leading riders just minutes away, is quite something else.  As this downright ridiculous situation unfolded on live television early this morning, I couldn’t help but brace for imminent disaster.

Fortunately the unlucky coach was dislodged and removed in just the nick of time, rendering the intended finish line open for business.  All the last-minute chaos and temporary moving of stage one’s ending spot surely caused confusion among at least some of the riders however.  And this seems to have led to that crash that ultimately produced a different stage 1 winner than presumably would have been.

As usual, I suppose we must again say, “C’est Le Tour.”  However, today’s crazy circumstances proved most UN-usual.  So begins Le Tour de France for 2013.  Let’s hope tomorrow ends a little more smoothly.

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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France, Cycling


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L’autre Tour…

Sail trumps pedal in this regard.  “The other Tour” takes place at the same time, this one at sea!

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in 2013 Tour de France, Cycling, News, Travel


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