01 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 3

Stage 3 Results and Stage 4 Race Day Planning

Photo of the Day
The scenery was spectacular in today's final stage on Corsica. Watch a leTour scenic video here: http://dai.ly/x11frvg

Three stages down and no wins for Sagan - yet.
Gerrans takes the sprint from Sagan on Stage 3
Stage 3 Race Results - full results at letour.com

Last Km of Stage 3 (01:00 English, restricted to Europe)eurosport
Orica GreenEdge Backstage Pass video
Tour Talk with Frankie and James
 
Stage 3 Results
AUS  1  GERRANS, Simon (ORICA GREENEDGE)                  3:41:24
SVK  2  SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING)             
ESP  3  ROJAS GIL, Jose Joaquin (MOVISTAR TEAM)           
POL  4  KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)   
BEL  5  GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING)                    
ESP  6  FLECHA GIANNONI, Juan Antonio (VACANSOLEIL-DCM)   
ITA  7  GAVAZZI, Francesco (ASTANA PRO TEAM)              
FRA  8  BOUET, Maxime (AG2R LA MONDIALE)                  
FRA  9  SIMON, Julien (SOJASUN)                           
ESP  10 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Gorka (EUSKALTEL EUSKADI) 
General Classification after Stage 3
BEL  1  BAKELANTS, Jan (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)               12:21:27
FRA  2  SIMON, Julien (SOJASUN)                                + 1
AUS  3  GERRANS, Simon (ORICA GREENEDGE)                  
POL  4  KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)   
NOR  5  BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY PROCYCLING)            
RSA  6  IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GREENEDGE)                    
GBR  7  MILLAR, David (GARMIN SHARP)                      
UZB  8  LAGUTIN, Sergey (VACANSOLEIL-DCM)                 
AUS  9  EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING)                         
FRA  10 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE)    
Points Classification Update
1. SAGAN Peter 11 CANNONDALE 74 pts
2. KITTEL Marcel 197 TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 57 pts
3. KRISTOFF Alexander 103 KATUSHA TEAM 48 pts
4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 153 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 41 pts
5. BOOM Lars 161 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 40 pts
6. VAN POPPEL Danny 208 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 39 pts
7. ROJAS José Joaquin 129 MOVISTAR TEAM 36 pts
8. GERRANS Simon 181 ORICA GREENEDGE 32 pts
9. FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio 204 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 32 pts
10. BAKELANTS Jan 42 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 30 pts

Classification Jersey - after Stage 3
YELLOW - Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard Trek)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
WHITE -  Michael Kwiatkowski, (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) 
COMBATIVE - Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge)
LANTERNE ROUGE - Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

Stage 3 Withdrawals:
#132 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis)
#66 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana)

Recommended 

Have you checked out the very good daily Live Coverage by Brian Holcombe et al, at VeloNews. Check their Facebook page daily or Twitter handle @velonews for the link, it is very hard to find on their website. These are race journalists giving updates (which matters), also their feed is 6 or more kilometers ahead of the NBC Live Tracker (which means don't read it in the last 1km!).
Stage 4 - Race day plans

Load the boats and planes - we are getting off this island!
Chris Froome boarding the plane to Nice
Which Mark Cavendish reports was quite delayed in departing.
Exit Strategy.  Photo © ASO/P.Perreve

The team time trial races through the streets of Nice across 25 km of flatness on basically what is an out and back course. We should receive halfway times for each teams. Expect very face speeds upwards of 55/km/h. Team Omega Pharma Quickstep won the World Champion TTT last September with an average speed of 50.532km/h. I look forward to seeing the fastest time for tomorrow's Stage 4. One thing is for certain - the 22 teams won't be on course for long.

There have been 2 withdrawals among the 198 riders, so 20 of the 22 teams should have a full squad of 9 each. The TTT is speed and pageantry of the Tour de France at its best. Each team fully kitted can represent close to $95,000 in gear racing down the boulevard at full speed.

Because most of the teams head into Stage 4 with the exact same time in current team standings (37h 04' 24"), tomorrow's TTT should definitely create some time gaps and affect the overall team and GC standings (not the green or polka-dot).

Stage 4  Tuesday, July 2nd  Nice-Nice  Team Time Trial!

Profile of TTT - Stage 4
TTT route in the city of Nice, France
 
 
Nice

Nice, the tourist center of the French Riviera, will host the Tour de France for it's 36th time (the last time was in 1981). It's not cheap to be a tourist in these parts, but aside from a quick visit to Castle Hill and Musee National Marc Chagall, we are really just here to witness excruciating pain in the legs and faces of the riders in what will be a very fast TTT.

I remember Nice as the first city where my brother Mike introduced me to illy coffee sitting outside a bar in the Vielle Ville (old town) section of the city, it was love at first sip. Also the first time I swam in the Mediterranean, looking out across the blue sea and back at a castle along the coast and the old town with it's villas rising onto the hillside.

Remember all time trials begins later than road stages, with the first team on course at 15:15 CET, last team should finish by 17:06 CET. Coverage begins Live on ITV4 between 1430-1630 and on British Eurosport HD between 1345-1615. Highlights on ITV4 between 1900 to 2000. NBC 9am (EDT)

Official Start order of Teams for the Tour de France Team Time Trial: start every 4 minutes

Keep track of the times and progress live at leTour.com: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/us/live/aso/

The last 10 teams to roll down the start ramp will be:
10. Astana
9. Movistar
8. Saxo-Tinkoff
7. Europcar
6. AG2R
5. Orica GreenEdge
4. Lampre-Merida
3. Vancansoleil  (start time 16h31)
2. BMC (16h35)
1. RadioShack Leopard (start time 16h39)

The first team will be:
22. Argos-Shimano

The current standing of Teams can be viewed at this link: LeTour Team Classification. Team Garmin won the last TTT in the TDF in 2011. The first team time trial in the Tour de France was in 1935.

UCI Chapter V - Rules of the Team Time Trial  (All 9 riders will race as 1 team)
  • The starting order of the team time trial shall be in reverse order of the general team classification, to the exception of the leaders team which starts first. 
  • The maximum length allowed for an Elite TTT is 100km. Stage 4 will be a very fast 25km.
  • Every 10km must be signed, with the final 1 km marked with the red flag (red kite).
  • The organizers must provide a warm-up circuit of at least 800m within the vicinity of the start.
  • The teams must start at identical intervals, the intervals may be increased with the teams starting last.
  • The riders of each team shall present at the bike check point no less than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. (don't be late or your team can leave without you or begin with your deducted time!).
  • At the start line, the riders will be held side by side at the starting line and then released.
  • The organizers of an event shall specify on which rider of a team crossing the finish line the classification of teams will be timed for the finish. (In the Tour de France the team's time is based on the time of the 5th rider. Where the time was taken on the 4th rider at the World Championships).
  • If a team is caught it may neither lead or take advantage of riding in the slipstream of the team that catches it. There must be at least a 2 meter gap between any 2 teams, and more than 25m away after 1km has passed after being caught.
  • A rider that has dropped behind may not join another team or receive assistance.
  • Riders may not push one another.
  • Teammates can exchange food, drinks, equipment, wheels, and bikes.
  • Following teams vehicles must follow at least 10m behind the last rider. Technical support can be rendered only if both the vehicle and rider are both stationary. 
  • A vehicle following a team that catches up another may not take position between the teams unless there are at least 60 meters between them. 
  • Mega-phones or loud-hailers may be used (2.5.027).
  • If a rider is disqualified, his team is disqualified.
The glamorous life of international cuisine at the Tour de France. The hungry Garmin team snacking post Stage 3 with an even hungrier looking Ted King (Cannondale) looking for scraps, or so it appears. click image to enlarge
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