05 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stage 7

Stage 7 Results and Stage 8 Race Day Planning

Sprinters règle de la journée

Nice way to spread the wealth of stage wins around for sprinters in the Tour de France over the first week of racing. "Well now they all have one!" How many of us said these same words out loud after watching yet another sprint finish today as Stage 7 raced into Albi. Anyone else feeling good about the changes in stage winners and seeing the yellow jersey change hands. The attention has been spread out across the peloton this year and I am personally enjoying seeing the riders whose names were barely mentioned pre-tour doing so well in the Tour.

Way to share the spoils boys (even with the hissy fits):
Kittel - 1
Cavendish - 1
Greipel - 1
Sagan - 1

It's all about tomorrow

Tomorrow the yellow jersey should change hands again. It'll be the first day we will truly get an idea of who will be in the top 5 for GC, who is willing to take a risk and go for it. Because tomorrow is a big mountain top finish at Ax-3-Domaines in the Ariege department. Definitely watch the stage tomorrow!

The yellow, white, and polka-dot jerseys are all up for grabs tomorrow. We should see a new name on the top of the podium, and possibly in all 3 jerseys mentioned. As for today, the sprinters each have one stage win and the green jersey resides solidly on Peter Sagan's back at this point in the race. (see points classification standings).

Photo of the Day
The moment, and the smile, when Peter Sagan knew he'd won the stage.  Photo from Cannondale Pro Cycling
Beautiful scenery on Stage 7 today
Very nice roads between Languedoc and Albi
Looking back at the Stage Winners after 1 week:
Stage 1 Marcel Kittel (Germany)
Stage 2 Jan Bakelants (Belgium)
Stage 3 Simon Gerrans (Australia)
Stage 4 Orica-GreenEDGE team (TTT) (Australia)
Stage 5 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
Stage 6 André Greipel (Germany)
Stage 7 Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Looking back at the Yellow Jersey wearers after 1 week:
Stage 1 Marcel Kittel (Germany)
Stage 2 Jan Bakelants (Belgium)
Stage 3 Jan Bakelants (Belgium)
Stage 4 Simon Gerrans (Australia)
Stage 5 Simon Gerrans (Australia)
Stage 6 Daryl Impey (South Africa)
Stage 7 Daryl Impey (South Africa)


Today's special post created by Karen at Pedal Dancer® is about the Best Climbs in the 2013 Tour de France and should prepare us for the first big climbs - beginning tomorrow!

If you missed yesterday's special post, please read Travel to Provence, France a list of favorite cities and villages in Provence and Languedoc.

Gerry Patterson and his wife Shoko of Cycling Languedoc/The Vicious Cycle blog went out to see the race today. They have a video to share on their blog today. They stood under the shade of the plane trees near Maussane and recorded a total of 3'25" for the riders and support cars to pass them on the flat road. Of that total time 12" was of the peloton. See their video: Half an Afternoon in Provence.

An interesting and fun video The Tour de France Explained in Animation 


Watch (videos):
Stage 7 highlights Tour de France - Bicycling
Recapping Orica-GreenEDGE's successful first week NBC Sports
Vande Velde on why he abandoned the tour NBC Sports
Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass Stage 7
Tour Talk with James and Frankie Stage 7

Stage 7 Results
SVK  1  SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING)             4:54:12
GER  2  DEGENKOLB, John (ARGOS-SHIMANO)                   
ITA  3  BENNATI, Daniele (SAXO-TINKOFF)                   
ITA  4  CIMOLAI, Davide (LAMPRE-MERIDA)                   
NOR  5  BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY PROCYCLING)            
ITA  6  GAVAZZI, Francesco (ASTANA PRO TEAM)              
FRA  7  GALLOPIN, Tony (RADIOSHACK LEOPARD)               
FRA  8  VICHOT, Arthur (FDJ)                              
ITA  9  MORI, Manuele (LAMPRE-MERIDA)                     
General Classification after Stage 7
RSA  1  IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GREENEDGE)                    27:12:29
NOR  2  BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY PROCYCLING)                +  3
AUS  3  GERRANS, Simon (ORICA GREENEDGE)                      +  5
SUI  4  ALBASINI, Michael (ORICA GREENEDGE)               
GBR  7  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)                  +  8
AUS  8  PORTE, Richie (SKY PROCYCLING)                    
IRL  9  ROCHE, Nicolas (SAXO-TINKOFF)                         + 14
CZE  10 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                 
Classification Jersey - after Stage 7
YELLOW - Darryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Blel Kadri (AG2R)
WHITE -  Michael Kwiatkowski, (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) 
COMBATIVE - Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard Trek)
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"
#83 Maxime Bouet (ALM) DNS Stage 6
#73 Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) abandon during Stage 6
#67 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) withdrawal during Stage 6
#21 Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto) DNS Stage 6, injury
#61 Janez Brajkoiv (Astana) withdraw after Stage 6 injuries, DNS Stage 7
#179 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin) withdraw Stage 7, shoulder injury
#146 Andriano Malori (Lampre) withdraw Stage 7

*We are down to 2 out of 6 Americans at the Tour

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan's Supersix Evo Bike, his bike reviewed by Bike Radar
Who is Peter Sagan? By Pedal Dancer
Peter Sagan, May 2013   ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Strong legs!  ©Photo by Willie at Pedal Dancer®


Stage 8 Race Day Plans 

Stage 8
Saturday, July 6thCastres > Ax 3 Domaines - a must see stage!

Finally we head into the Pyrenees tomorrow on Stage 8
Tomorrow we should see fields of sunflowers.  Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
I can't find the tons of photos I took of Albi and the area between Castres and Foix. So a distraction ...

Cycling Terminology in French: A quick reference link to learning terms of cycling in French.
Puncheur (Simon Gerrans) a specialist in rolling terrain with short but steep climbs
Rouleur (Jens Voigt) a good all-rounder
Sprinteur (Marcel Kittel) a fast powerful sprinter 
Grimpeur (Chris Froome) a climber
Poursuivant - a chaser 
Domestique - a support rider 
Coureur/cycliste - rider 

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