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At Last.

Commentator Phil Liggett often reminded viewers throughout the past three weeks that there’s no shame in finishing last in Le Tour de France. Of course, surviving 21 stages to finish in Paris is always a feat for any rider. This year’s last-place finisher in particular has shown himself to be the most respected recipient of the “lanterne rouge” in recent cycling history.

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Only five Americans competed in this year’s Tour de France out of 176 riders to start. The U.S. needed to make its mark on Le Tour once again, and, well… it happened. While the amazing Peter Sagan took three stages and survived a third-week crash to finish with his sixth green jersey, Philippe Gilbert climbed back up the wall over which he flew to complete the day with a broken kneecap, and the consistent-yet-cracking Chris Froome squeaked his way onto the final podium alongside his maillot jaune-winning teammate Geraint Thomas, the most impressive display of sportsmanship in my opinion, and that of many, came from this year’s holder of that lanterne rouge. My hat– or rather, my helmet– is off to Lawson Craddock, not only the first American in Tour de France history to earn this final designation, but also an inspiring fighter in the face of overwhelming physical, mental and emotional challenge.

At last, three typically grueling yet glorious weeks have seen their end.  At last, it’s a very special viewpoint. And at last, good can come. C’est Le Tour, encore!

 
 

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When It’s July In France…

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Le Tour de France is underway once again, this year almost entirely in France!

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2018 in Current Events, Cycling

 

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Joyeux Jour de la Bastille!

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The French National Day is made all the more joyous, as a French cyclist wins the day’s stage of Le Tour de France for the first time in 12 years.  Warren Barguil takes stage 13 on Bastille Day!

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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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The Harsh Reality.

The biggest headline of the 2017 Tour de France thus far is not a happy one. In what many people, including myself, consider an overly harsh and undeserved decision, Peter Sagan has been ejected from the race. At the same time, Mark Cavendish is injured and out.

Barely halfway through the first week, two of cycling’s biggest names– my two favorite riders in fact– are gone. Suffice to say this Tour will not be the same, but as always it goes on without hesitation. Like it or not, the harsh reality of professional cycling prevails.

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The controversial, fateful elbow moment came just before the stage 4 finish.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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July, Encore!

The month of July has come once again, which of course means there’s a certain cycling race getting underway in France.  (Actually, it starts in Germany this year, but French soil isn’t far off.)  Starting today in Dusseldorf, here we go with the 104th Tour de France!

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Posted by on July 1, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Cycling, News

 

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Another One, Come and Gone!

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Luckily for France, the one and only French stage win of this year’s Tour finally came on the third-to-last day, as young Romain Bardet climbed to victory on stage 19.  Even luckier for France, this significant time gain pushed the 25-year-old Frenchman up into second place overall.  As it turns out two days later, as a record 174 of the starting 198 riders crossed the final finish line of stage 21, and while Peter firmly retained the green jersey for his fifth consecutive year, France saw one of their own on the podium in Paris, right behind now three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome. Another one, come and gone. C’est Le Tour, encore!

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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in 2016 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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Off to Memorable Starts…

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The day after stage 1 puts yellow on the back of Mark Cavendish, a brilliant stage 2 finish transfers that yellow onto Peter Sagan.  For the former this marks his 27th career TDF stage win, while the latter finally enjoys his first such TDF victory du jour since 2013. Plus, both have now worn le maillot jaune for their first times in any Tour de France!

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Then comes stage 3, and a second, photo-finish win for Cavendish! This brings him to 28 total TDF stage wins, surpassed only by the legendary Eddy Merckx.  Meanwhile, Sagan gets to enjoy yellow for at least another day across relatively flat central France.

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Altogether, my two favorites are off to memorable starts.  Three down, 18 to go.  Vive Le Tour!  And Happy 4th of July to the mere five competing Americans!

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in 2016 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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