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