Another summer, another Tour de France. The Tour started on July 4th and, as it has become tradition, we are here all set up to watch with you. Please join us every morning in July, at 6am, for a cup of coffee from the Bean and some fierce cheering and ranting. Beware of the two rest days (July 13 and 21).
Also, invite everyone for the Tour Neighbourhood Pancake Breakfast on July 25th. The viewing will start at 6am. Breakfast will be served at 7:30am.
Stage 1: Utrecht – Utrecht (Time Trial)
Rohan Dennis takes the yellow jersey. Tony Martin takes the points (green) jersey. Also, the best young rider competition (white jersey) is being led by Tom Dumoulin (born in 1990!). Although the day’s winner is from team BMC, the leading team is Lotto. Next stage, of course, anything can change.
Stage 2: Utrecht – Zeland (Flat)
In an epic windy and nasty stage, Greipel beats Cavendish and wins not only the stage, but also takes the green jersey. Cancellara (third) is now in the yellow jersey. Dumoulin keeps the white. Meanwhile the gaps start to open in the general classification, but still with over thirteen riders within a minute of the leader.
Stage 3: Anvers – Huy (Hills)
Gnarly crashes, broken bones and surprises reigned on the third day of the Tour. After the race was neutralized because of one of such crashes, many riders didn’t come back and, some of the ones who did, could not race the next day. Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez “sprinted” the 19% gradient uphill finish, with Rodriguez taking the stage. Froom took the yellow jersey though. The green jersey stayed with Greipel, but Sagan snagged the white(again!). The first polka dot was deservingly given to Rodriguez.
Stage 4: Seraing – Cambrai (Flat)
Cancellara, with 3 broken vertebrae, abandoned the tour together with a few more riders involved in the terrible crashes from the day prior. The main GC contenders kept the group together for as long as they could. Tony Martin – who was one second away from the yellow jersey the day before –
flatted with less than 20km to go. Martin continued the race with his teammate bicycle and, when everybody was expecting a sprint finish, Martin attacked with 3km to go and won the stage and the yellow jersey. The other jerseys remained where they were: Greipel with the green, Rodriguez with the polka dot and, Sagan with the white.
Stage 5: Arras Commonaute Urbaine – Amiens Metropole (Flat)
Light rain made for slippery roads and the riders seemed to “take it easy” and wait for a sprint finish. Cavendish was ahead of the bunch, but Greipel came, seemingly out of nowhere, and took the win. Sagan was a close second. All jerseys standings remain the same, but increasing gaps in the overall standings.
Will see you tomorrow at 6am for more Tour Viewing.