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Very exciting Tour de France so far; Do not miss today’s stage.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by  
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July
9
2014

The 2014 Tour de France has been absolutely amazing so far this year. We’re only 4 Stages into the 21 Stage/3,664 kilometer race, and there’s already been an incredible amount of drama, action and exciting racing!

Here are just a few of the more memorable moments so far. Spoilers below…

– During the sprint finish of Stage 1, Mark Cavendish caused a crash that took him out of this year’s Tour with a shoulder injury. While Mark admitted fault, this crash has created a lot of controversy: Some say Mark is a highly dangerous rider and his actions could have seriously injured other riders, while others claim that what happened is just part of racing. What do you think?

Mark Cavendish after hitting the deck hard during the sprint finish of Stage 1.

Mark Cavendish after hitting the deck hard during the sprint finish of Stage 1.

 

– The route has been incredibly scenic. The Tour began in England this year, and the English countryside is jaw-dropping in its beauty. Here’s Jens Voigt on his very familiar looking Trek. 😉

The first three stages of this year's TDF were in England. This is Jens Voigt flying through the stunning Yorkshire countryside.  Does that bike look familiar to JSF readers? :)

The first three stages of this year’s TDF were in England. This is Jens Voigt flying through the stunning Yorkshire countryside. Does that bike look familiar to JSF readers?

 

– Speaking of Jens, he was part of a small breakaway in Stage 1, and later he took off on his own earning the polka dot (King Of the Mountain) jersey after an absolutely incredible effort. At almost 43 years of age, Jens is not only the oldest rider in the tour, he’s one of the toughest. Jens is one of my favorite cyclists, and a true inspiration:

Jens celebrating his Stage 1 KOM victory.

Jens celebrating his Stage 1 KOM victory.

 

– Team Giant-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel is proving to be unbeatable in the sprint. The big German has now won three of the first four Tour Stages with mind-boggling sprints to the line! Yesterday’s win (Stage 4) was particularly close and impressive. I would give anything to see the power output numbers from his sprints. Cannondale’s Peter Sagan must be getting a little tired of this view:

Marcel Kittel celebrating after another incredible sprint finish victory.

Marcel Kittel celebrating after another incredible sprint finish victory.

 

– While most of the fans have been enthusiastic and respectful of the riders, some of them have been acting like complete morons and endangering the cyclists. Some of the riders, understandably, are becoming increasingly annoyed. This idiot fan came out on the road during an intermediate sprint, and could have caused a bad crash. He got what he deserved:

 

– A few disrespectful fans lost their cell phone privileges, courtesy of Garmin-Sharp’s Ramunas Navardauskas:

Some of the fans have been ignoring rider safety and creating a very dangerous situation for the athletes. This Garmin-Sharp cyclist (in blue, left) is clearly frustrated, and I don't blame him.

Some of the fans have been ignoring rider safety and creating a very dangerous situation for the athletes. Garmin-Sharp cyclist Ramunas Navardauskas (in blue, left) is clearly frustrated, and I don’t blame him.

 

– 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome hit the deck hard at the very beginning of yesterday’s Stage 4 when another rider veered into him. Chris jumped back on his bike and received medical attention while he rode the remaining 160 kilometers. Chris suffered some road rash and perhaps a wrist injury, but that’s not going to stop the defending champion:

Defending champion Chris Froome crashed early in Stage 4 (not his fault), and then rode the remaining 160 kilometers, finishing in the main pack.

Defending champion Chris Froome crashed early in Stage 4 (not his fault), and then rode the remaining 160 kilometers, finishing in the main pack.

 

– Today’s stage (Stage 5) is not to be missed. This stage has 9 very tricky and technical cobbled sections that will test even the most seasoned TDF riders. Added to that, the forecast is calling for rain and wind. While I love exciting racing, seeing riders go down makes me sick to my stomach (I’ve been there). I hope all the riders stay safe out there today, as this is going to be a potentially very dangerous stage:

This is a younger Jens Voigt after his first  Paris Roubaix in 1999. Stage 5 of the 2014 TDF is a cobbled stage, and there is rain and high wind in the forecast. This is going to be a very difficult stage.

This is a younger Jens Voigt after his first Paris Roubaix in 1999. Stage 5 of the 2014 TDF is a cobbled stage, and there is rain and high wind in the forecast. This is going to be a very difficult stage.

This is what's in store for Stage 5 today.

This is what’s in store for Stage 5 today.

 

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “Very exciting Tour de France so far; Do not miss today’s stage.”
  1. Thanks for the shout-out for the amazing, unparalleled Jens Voigt, whose infamous quote sums up riding better than any other: “Shut up legs!” The man’s riding his 17th Tour, a record matched only by George Hincapie and Stuart O’Grady. The dude’s a legend.

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