29 June 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France Stage 1, 2, 3

Stages 1, 2, 3 -  on the island of Corsica

About the Stages

The Tour de france begins on the Island of Corsica for the first time in Tour de France history. If the Grand Depart has managed anything beyond proving that the folks at ASO are mastermind organizers, it has been to teach the world that Corsica belongs to France.

Stage 1 begins with 3 geographical lessons:

1) Corsica is French territory 
2) Chris Froome is South African, not British
3) You can make a sprinter cross a sea but he will still cross the finish line first. 

The first three stages of the Tour de France on Corsica
Saturday, June 29thPorto-Vecchio > Bastia

Sunday, June 30thBastia > Ajaccio

Monday, July 1stAjaccio > Calvi - a must see stage!
Porto Vecchio
About the Race

A sprinter is expected to win Stage 1 of the Tour de France for the first time in 40 years. There are a number of guys who want that win badly. Who will emerge in the yellow jersey after day one? Will it be Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel, Matt Goss, Marcel Kittel or an unknown.  

Rules of the Green Jersey (Points Classification)

Prize money: € 25,000 for the overall winner (€ 125,000 in total winnings distributed throughout the Tour). The Green Jersey has been sponsored by PMU since 1992.

Points classification Points will be awarded in the following way:

Intermediate sprints: 20, 17,15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first 15 riders. (Each Stage has 1)

Finishes on flat stages: 45, 35, 30, 26, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points awarded to the first 15 riders. (Officially there are 7 "flat stages")

Finishes on medium-mountain stages: 30, 25, 22, 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 points awarded to the first 15 riders. (There are 5 "hilly stages")

Finishes on high-mountain stages: 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first 15 riders. (There are 6 "Mountain stages")

Individual time trials: 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the fastest 15 riders. (This year there are 2 ITTs) (TTTs do not count for points)

Who will wear what jersey?

?: What if Cavendish wins the sprint (green jersey) and the first stage (yellow jersey) and he is current British National Champion (his red white and blue jersey)?

A: Cavendish will wear yellow. The rider in second place in the sprint on Stage 1 will wear the green jersey at the start of Stage 2 the next day. Although Cavendish would ceremonially receive both the yellow and the green jersey on the podium after Stage 1 and receive the jersey earnings for the stage for both jerseys.

?: What if Kittel comes in first and Cavendish comes in second in the sprint?

A:  Cavendish can wear his National jersey at the start of Stage 2, even though he will be handed the green jersey (without ceremony). There are a number of musts and mays in rule 2.6.018, so the decision of which jersey to wear could likely be made between the race organizers, team, and rider. The Tour de France does like their classification jerseys to be worn.

According to UCI rule 1.3.071 and, there is a specific order of priority of jerseys. For example the World Champion jersey trumps any National Champion jersey, but the classification jerseys trump the world.

Rule 1.3.060 through 1.3.067, Exact rules of the World Champion's jersey (PDF 1.62 Mb)
Rule 1.3.068 and 1.3.069, Exact rules of the National Champion's jersey (PDF 113 kb)

Should various provisions requiring the wearing of different jerseys apply to the same rider, the order of priority shall be as follows:
1. the leader’s jersey of the stage races (yellow)
2. the leader’s jersey of the cup, series, or UCI classification
3. the world champion’s jersey
4. the continental champion’s jersey
5. the national champion’s jersey
6. the national jersey

The classification jerseys take precedence in order of yellow, green, polka-dot, white. If a rider is already in a more prominent jersey and has earned one or more, the second-place rider in the classification will where that jersey.

Traveling at the Tour de France - Corsica

A bit of travel trivia - the city of Calvi likes to claim Christopher Columbus was born there, while Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio. He was exiled on nearby Elba island (part of Italy) before escaping and ragging more war across France and then finally being shipped off to Saint Helena (a British Overseas Territory), a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean off of Africa, or maybe Brazil, because it is really out in the middle of no where. They definitely did not want him swimming back to shore.

Corsica now has a population of over 300,000 people and mountain peaks that reach to 8,878' (2,706 m). Tourism is a big chunk of the economy on the island.

Know your Sea

When the riders and their entourage leave Corsica on Monday, they will cross the Ligurian Sea to Nice.  Major subdivisions of the Mediterranean Sea include the Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Balearic Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Ionian Sea and Ligurian Sea.

Stage 1 results

Coming once they get this race going ...  (Saturday evening)