Tour de France 2014

July 14th, 2014

Regular readers know I am a cycling nut. I love the big grand tours like the Giro d’ Italia and the Tour de France. Each year I stay up late and watch as much as I can.

So what about the first week or so of the Tour de France? To be honest I haven’t enjoyed it as much this year so far.

I looked at the course a few weeks ago and saw it had a few more hilly stages than usual in the first week and a stage with cobble stones which is always dangerous if wet… and wet it was! Most of the riders hit the pavement at some stage.

I have to admit that I prefer the first week to be more flatter so the sprinters and their teams can come out and show their stuff. I like seeing teams like GreenEdge get their “trains” going to deliver their sprinter to the line. I love the precision and skill of it all.

I also like the way the teams slowly get into the race and the top contenders in the General Classification (GC) feel each other out in the first week and the tension builds until the mountains start. Then the cream rises to the top.

Tonights stage should be interesting. It has four category 1 climbs (very steep), two cat 2 and one cat 3. There are seven mountains in the space of 130kms. This might start to show some of the CG contenders.

I am interested to see if Alberto Contador will try to get some time back off the other GC contenders. He is 4:08 behind the race leader. I am also interested to see how Aussie Richie Porte goes now he is number 1 at Team Sky since last years winner Chris Froome has pulled out.

So bring on the mountains for me. Go GreenEdge and go Aussie riders.

Update: Overnight since this post Alberto Contador has crashed out and Ritchie Porte is up to second overall. The podium opens up even more.