03 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 5

Stage 5 Results and Stage 6 Race Day Planning

Exhale - Mark Cavendish has won a sprint

Anyone could have predicted that the break would get caught and a sprinter would win Stage 5 into Marseille, but which sprinter. If a climb precedes any finish, folks tend to write off Mark Cavendish and look toward Peter Sagan to take the win, but in a perfect sprint to the line which proved Cavendish masters patience, placement and confidence, Cav held Gert Steegman's wheel in a textbook lead out to win today's stage.

The win today was Mark Cavendish's 24th stage win in the Tour de France. [ TDF Trivia: Eddy Merckx has 34 stages wins, Bernard Hinault 28 stage wins. ]
View: A very good gallery of photos by Tim De Waele: OPQS and Mark Cavendish win Stage 5

Anyone notice how strong Edvald Boasson Hagen looked today? Edvald is now 6th on GC and was second in the sprint today. I think it a pure joy to watch Sylvain Chavanel race a bike, I love his verve for racing; now 5th on GC, Chava appears in the mix every day.

13 riders were injured in crashes today, see a full list of riders and their injuries: Injured List: Crashes take their toll on Tour peloton, By VeloNews

Photo of the Day
The breakaway in Stage 5 gets some special encouragement by a flock of nuns. Photo from the A.S.O. LeTour website

Last 500m of Stage 5 (00:31 French)france3
Tour Talk - Stage 5 with Frankie and James
Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 5
Stage 5 Results
NOR  2  BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY PROCYCLING)            
SVK  3  SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING)             
GER  4  GREIPEL, André (LOTTO BELISOL)                    
ITA  5  FERRARI, Roberto (LAMPRE-MERIDA)                  
NOR  6  KRISTOFF, Alexander (KATUSHA)                     
LTU  8  NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas (GARMIN SHARP)              
FRA  9  LEMOINE, Cyril (SOJASUN)                          
ESP  10 ROJAS GIL, Jose Joaquin (MOVISTAR TEAM)           
FRA  11 DUMOULIN, Samuel (AG2R LA MONDIALE)               
GER  12 DEGENKOLB, John (ARGOS-SHIMANO)                   
NED  14 VAN POPPEL, Danny (VACANSOLEIL-DCM)               
General Classification after Stage 5
AUS  1  GERRANS, Simon (ORICA GREENEDGE)                  18:19:15
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)                    
Classification Jersey - after Stage 5
YELLOW - Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
WHITE -  Michael Kwiatkowski, (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) 
COMBATIVE - Thomas de Gendt (Vancansoleil-DCM)
TEAM - Orica-GreenEDGE
LANTERNE ROUGE - Tom Veleers (Argos-Shimano)
Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification standings 2013 Tour de France

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

Story of the Day

Ted didn't ride.

There is no denying I have my absolute favorites in the peloton - Sylvain Chavanel, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, Stuart O'Grady, Jens Voigt, Simon Gerrans, Laurens Ten Dam, Mic Rogers, Philippe Gilbert, Tejay van Garderen, Robert Gesink, Brent Bookwalter, Manuel Quinsiato, Peter Velits, Matt Goss, and if they were there - Thor Hushovd, Bernie Eisel, Tom Boonen, David Zabriskie, Tyler Farrar, Ivan Basso, Johan Vansummeran and Fabian Cancellara. If anything were to happen to these riders during a race, it would surely tug on my heartstrings, I believe "gutted" is the word of choice these days.

And so with great sadness I read the final news that one of my very favorite riders, Ted King, was taken out of the race. This is the way I choose to phrase it because I do not fully believe he missed the cut-off time. I think there may have been a serious mistake made in timing Ted's ITT during the TTT. I also think there was a serious mistake made on Stage 1 contributing to Ted King's injury. More importantly there was a greater mistake done by ASO and race officials in not caring enough to straighten out the mistakes and bend a rule for a clearly deserved rider. Ted King's dream was sacrificed. Ted was done wrong.

I am honestly feeling a loss of respect for A.S.O. this morning, even though I believe they stand fast in their decision, I disagree. This morning in the NBC coverage, Paul Sherwen was speaking out about the injustice and right in the middle of his explanation - NBC usurped Paul's commentary with a prerecorded video to cover Paul's live comments. Which fits right into the cycling hush hush don't speak up, never question omerta in the media which seems to continue to be reinforced in this sport, even after the shame of not truly exposing doping.

Every year I buy a souvenir of the Tour de France, this year - this was mine:
A Ted King TDF tshirt
Ted King 2013.  Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Ted King in May at Amgen Tour of California.  Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Ted King, 2012.   Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Ted King, 2012.   Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
I will continue to be a regular follower of Ted's blog at I am Ted King.

Support Ted King's cause: Krempels Center a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury from trauma, tumor or stroke. And Ted's ride for this cause: Krempels King of the Road Challenge, October 19, 2013, in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Read: Ted King: I wanted to race, it's the Tour de France, By CyclingNews
Read: Q&A: Tour jury president says ‘everyone must accept the rules’, By VeloNews
Watch (video): Why was Ted King Disqualified, by Bicycling

Road bikes of the Tour de France

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Favorite villages and cities in Provence

   Travel to Provence, France, By Pedal Dancer®


Stage 6 Race Day Plans

Tomorrow's Stage 6 profile gives little indication of the beauty the peloton will be riding through on Thursday in the Tour de France.
Profile of Stage 6 - sure to be another Sprinters Stage of the TDF
Stage 6 route map, racing a bike from Provence to Languedoc
Location of Stage 6 in France

We are in Aix-en-Provence (north of Marseille) in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, traveling to Montpellier in the Languedoc region of France.
Regions of France, and our green arrow path for tomorrow's Stage 6
Key areas of Provence - note the looming mountain of Mont Ventoux (in the upper left) on this map, very nearby to Stage 6, but we have to wait until Stage 15 to come all the way back to this region and climb that monster.
Map from Lonely Planet
My personal favorite places to visit in France are the Midi-Pyrenees, Paris (Ille-de-France), Dordogne (Limousin), Grand Bornand (Rhone-Alps), Vaucluse (northern Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur), and southern "Provence" in general. I have so many stories and so many photos to share that perhaps I will simply direct you to peruse the links to previous posts I have written on these Pedal Dancer Guide Pages:


Plus offer a few of my favorite photos:

Photos of Provence

Roussillon.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Bonnieux.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Terraced home in Provence.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Lacoste.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Melons in the morning market.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Poppy fields in France last month.  Photo © by Mike and Suz for Pedal Dancer®
Rooftops in Provence.  Photo © by Mike and Suz for Pedal Dancer®
Baskets in the market Photo © by Mike and Suz for Pedal Dancer®
A vineyard near Châteauneuf du Pape. 
Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Wonderful cheeses.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Sunday morning market in Isle-sur-la-sourge. 
Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Lavender fields near Roussillon - follow this road to ride up the Col du Murs.  Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
This sign marks one of the numerous bike paths throughout Provence. Photo © by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
French Cuisine: Today's menu supplied by the Orica-GreenEDGE team (video): Taste of the Tour

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