2012 Tour de France - The First Week

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07/6/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

2012 Tour de France - The First Week

Tour de Crash.

straight section of the road brought down about thirty to forty riders about 25 kilometers from the finish. In the pile of torn lycra was the broken dreams of a high placing in the general classification.

Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson abandoned - he was the team's highest placed rider in last year's Tour at 8th place. His teammate Ryder Hesjedal lost 13 minutes. Frank Schleck of RadioShack-Nissan lost a little over two minutes to put him out of contention for the overall.

Not surprisingly both Sky and BMC Racing Team had their leaders at the front and out of trouble. That is going to separate them from the rest of the contenders - the ability and luck to stay out of trouble and having the resources to do so.

The yellow jersey battle has been boring as the prologue determined the leader for almost a week. But let's also remember the last 5 kilometers of the stages have been exciting. That said, I'm looking forward to the stages that will finally reshape the G.C. of the Tour.

Tour de Random

  • Sagan's stage 1 victory he posted up doing the "flapping chicken" and he said he came up with that salute after talking to friends. His stage 3 victory salute of the "running man" was because his teammates refer to him as Forrest Gump. Stage 6's "Incredible Hulk" salute was a reference to wearing the green jersey.
  • After picking himself off the ground in stage 5 Tyler Farrar tried to storm the Argos-Shimano team bus to have some words with Tom Veelers whom he blamed for the crash in the last two kilometers. Looks like Farrar's Tibetan "inner peace" tattoo wasn't working for him. I say it's time for "Love" on one set of knuckles and "Hate" on the other as a tattoo replacement.
  • According to the Eurosport commentators the most bottles a rider has transported from the team car to his teammates in one try is 19.

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