02 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 4

Stage 4 Results and Stage 5 Race Day Planning

Stories of the day

Orica GreenEDGE rocks the house and Ted King arrives after the official cut-off time in today's Stage 4 of the Tour de France. Tomorrow we depart Cagnes-sur-Mer (right next door to Nice) for Marseille. 
Nice to Marseille, Stage 5 TDF
Stage 4 Race Results - full results at letour.com

Race highlights video:  Stage 4 TTT Highlights (01:44 French)france3
Read (with photos): ORICA-GreenEDGE Wins Tour de France Team Time Trial
Watch (video) interview: Stuart O'Grady's Magic Moment
Tech (video): The Scott time trial bike that won the TTT
Fun: (video): Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 4

Moral of the story - crash your team bus into the finish line on the first day of the Tour de France because every single fan will root for your team from that day forward. Team Orica-GreenEDGE seems to have instantly gained home court advantage (as comes with the power of the Olympics being in your own country). Fans are going crazy for the team bus and the riders, shouting and waving in full support.

What has always amazed me as a fan at the Tour de France is how many Australians travel, a long 9430 miles (15176km), to attend the Tour de France in person every year. The presence of Aussie's at the Tour is more than noticeable, far more than American fans. They may not match the concentrated numbers of the Basque in the Pyrenees or the Dutch on Alpe d'Huez, but they are everywhere! At every stage.

It was in July 2010 that it clicked for chief financial backer Gerry Ryan, as he stood on the Champs-Élysées, that no team represented Australia. Within 6 months the team was launched in January 2011.

Team staff should be credited with bringing the team to it's full potential. Twenty-five staff members work hard scrambling behind the scenes every day at the Tour de France. The team is under the management of Andrew Ryan and Shayne Bannan, with Directeur Sportif Neil Stephens, Lorenzo LaPage and Matt White, and legendary coach Robbie McEwen. The bus driver is Garikoitz “Gary” Atxa, and the bus is now a new model!

The team's momentum has taken off and everyone seems to be embracing them for their fortitude and team camaraderie, for their full participation in every aspect of the race, and (made obvious by today's win) for their race preparation. Team Orica-GreenEDGE has become the unsuspecting stars of the Tour de France in 2013.

Orica-GreenEDGE's average on course speed was 57.8km/h today. Smokin' fast, and the fastest ever recorded speed at the Tour de France for a time trial.

You can follow the team on Facebook, on Twitter, website, You Tube channel, or team videos

Recommended: definitely follow Orica's Backstage Pass Videos (created by Dan Jones)
Preview: Pre Tour de France 2013
Stage 1: Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 1
Stage 2: Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 2
Stage 3: Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 3
Stage 4: Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 4


Calling for a review, please.

What a bummer!

So I trust you have been following the story of Ted King's first Tour de France, and you know he crashed in the major confusion of the movable finish line which did not, then suddenly did, mark the finish of Stage 1 (after the bus was moved). Ted separated his shoulder in that crash on day 1 and forged on during Stage 2 and 3. With his injured shoulder we watched in shock as Ted took to the start line this morning on a specially rigged road bike. A road bike in a team time trial.

Team Cannondale sped away, leaving Ted to face the biggest challenge on his own - to complete a team time trial solo. For the next 32 minutes we all held our breath. Can Ted do it? Neal Rogers of Velo News snapped a picture of Ted after he finished, Ted claimed his time was "31 minutes plus some change." Too many coins. Ted King's official time was stated as 32:32.60, although this is in dispute. The official stage time was 25'56", Official cut off time was 31'95".


I am not giving up hope until I see Ted's name listed on the official Tour de France site under withdrawals on this page: (update 7//3/13: Ted is now listed):  http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/us/withdrawals.html

Let's look back at Ted's recent writings, he is after all one of the most witty creative writers you will find in the peloton.

HOPE Springs Eternal
Hope Springs Eternal, July 1, 2013 on his website I am Ted King
My First Tour de France, June 26, 2013 for Bicycling

Interview with Ted: Frankie talks with Ted after Stage 4
Article: The Cruelest Cut, By Joe Lindsay
Video: Pre-Stage 1: Ted King On Starting The Tour De France (01:18 English)bicycling
Tech: The bike that Ted never rode: Tour de France bike: Ted King's Cannondale Slice, By Cycling Weekly

The story continues at @iamtedking
"In America we go by The Pottery Barn Rule: "You break it, you buy it."~ Dan Wuori, directed towards ASO and referring to Ted King.

There are 5 other Americans at the Tour de France in 2013, a previous post by Pedal Dancer: Americans at the Tour.
HOPE Springs Eternal

Twitter (Boo!)

On a side note - Twitter has become as trustworthy as a conversation at the local pub after 4 beers. I can believe about 20% of what I read and only when it comes directly from the horse's mouth. During the Tour, Twitter resembles a dog eat dog pile of getting the word out there first with total disregard for actual truth. What a frustrating jumble of barking.

Stage 4 TTT results
1  Orica-GreenEDGE          25:56
2  Omega Pharma-Quick Step    + 1
3  Sky                        + 2
4  Team Saxo-Tinkoff          + 8
5  Lotto-Belisol             + 16
6  Garmin-Sharp              + 16
7  Movistar Team             + 18
8  Lampre-Merida             + 25
9  BMC                       + 26
10 Katusha                   + 27
11 RadioShack-Leopard        + 28
12 Vacansoleil-DCM           + 33
13 Cannondale                + 34
14 Belkin                    + 36
15 FDjfr                     + 41
16 Astana                    + 55
17 Ag2r La Mondiale        + 1:03
18 Sojasun                 + 1:09
19 Europcar                + 1:12
20 Cofidis                 + 1:19
21 Euskaltel-Euskadi       + 1:23
22 Argos-Shimano           + 1:46
General Classification after Stage 4
AUS  1  GERRANS, Simon (ORICA GREENEDGE)                  12:47:24
RSA  2  IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GREENEDGE)                    
SUI  3  ALBASINI, Michael (ORICA GREENEDGE)               
NOR  6  BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY PROCYCLING)                 + 3
GBR  7  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)              
AUS  8  PORTE, Richie (SKY PROCYCLING)                    
IRL  9  ROCHE, Nicolas (SAXO-TINKOFF)                          + 9
CZE  10 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                   
Michael Rogers +9
Alberto Contador +9
David Millar +17

Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification after Stage 4

Team Leaders - overall times after Stage 4: (what the teams did for their leaders today)
Simon Gerrans (OGE)
Chris Froome (SKY) +3" 
Alberto Contador (Saxo) +9
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin) +17" 
Jergen Van de Broeck (LTB) +17"
Alejandro Valverde (MOV) +20"
Damiano Cunego (LAM) +25"
Cadel Evans (BMC) +26"
Joaquin Rodriquez (KAT) + 28"
Peter Sagan (CAN) +29"
Andy Schleck (RLT) +29"
Wouter Poels (VCD) +33
Thibaut Pinto (FDJ) +42"
Janez Brajkovic (AST) +56" 
Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R) +1'04"
Brice Feillu (SOJ) +1'10"
Pierre Rolland (EUC) +1'13"
Igor Anton Hernandez (EUS) +1'24"
Rein Taaramae (COF) 13'36 (teammate Christophe Le Mevel is ahead at +1'20")
Mark Cavendish (OPQS) +26'50" 
Lars Boom (BEL) + 21'51"
John Degenkold (ARG) +22'56" (teammate Tom Dumoulin is ahead at 14'47")

Classification Jersey - after Stage 4
YELLOW - Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
WHITE -  Michael Kwiatkowski, (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) 
TEAM - Orica-GreenEDGE
LANTERNE ROUGE - Tom Veleers (Argos-Shimano)

Stage 3 Withdrawals:
#132 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) dehydration (withdraw during Stage 3)
#66 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) withdraw (Stage 3)
Stage 4 Withdrawals:
#14 Ted King (Cannondale) time cutoff (TTT Stage 4) "HD, hors relai"


Stage 5 Race Day Plans

Stage 5 Wednesday, July 3rd  Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille

Tourism Highlights in France - an earlier post by Pedal Dancer for this year's race: Most Popular Tourist Sites in France. The all new Musée de Notre Dame de la Garde, in Marseille, opened to the public on June 18, 2013. The Basilica de Notre Dame de la Garde, first constructed in 1214, is one of the most popular tourist sites in France.

Did you know Marseille is the second largest city in France and has the largest commercial port on the Mediterranean? Bouillabaisse, the fish stew, originated in Marseille. There are a gazillion ingredients in the stew, but according to the Michelin Guide Vert, there must be "the presence of rascasse, the freshness of the fish; olive oil, and an excellent saffron."  Well, now I know I could never make bouillabaisse because I haven't a clue what rascasse is, but just in case - Julia Child's recipe for Bouillabaisse (she lived in Marseille for a year).

Paul Signac's oil on canvas version of the church on the hill in Marseille (circa 1905-6)
 This will be tomorrow's path to Marseille

After all of these hills - the peloton will likely finish the stage together again, in a sprint.
It'll be a day for collecting KOM points.
The route - how the Tour de France will enter the city of Marseille
The stage today will travel near Cassis, and along a beautiful road from Cassis to Marseille.
Photo © by Mike for Pedal Dancer®
Photo © by Mike for Pedal Dancer®

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