17 July 2013

Tour Travel - Tour de France after Stages 15-16-17

Stage 17 Results and Stage 18 Race Day Planning

What did I miss?

A lot of Chris Froome by the sounds of it. With a dash of Rui Costa thrown in.

My dog and I are back from our 3-days at the Vet ER. Not fun, I am happy to take some time and lose myself in the world of the Tour de France, which has continued its stampede north into the Alps. The racing has been thrilling with more changes in the overall GC after today's stage 17 individual time trail. Just wait until tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.

Some might consider Stage 18, tomorrow, to be the Queen Stage of the 2013 Tour de France, but the podium will not be decided after tomorrow because the next day's stage (19) should strike fear into the hearts of every rider and especially those assigned to keep there GC riders safe and in position.

Work is never done in the Tour de France until the riders cross the finish line in Paris, and this year the organizers have designed a stage race we are supposed to want to watch all the way to the end, Froome or no Froome.

What I have enjoyed most about this year's Tour is watching excellent aggressive non-traditional bike racing. They are not sitting back and playing it safe as usual. 2013 seems to be the year of tremendous team effort and surprising stage wins.

Most definitely this is the year of Richie Porte, an indestructible determined work horse, who day after day works for another man named Chris Froome. This is also the year of The Other Guy, when we have been exposed to young riders not typically in the lime-light: Jan Bakelants, Matteo Trentin, and the you-can't-hold-me-back Marcel Kittel.

We have watched as these young riders have displayed humility and genuine joy at their wins. We have watched Simon Gerrans graciously hand over the yellow jersey to Darryl Impey. We have read the insightful mature words of Andrew Talansky as he shares his experience at his first TDF in his journal for VeloNews. I can't help but think these riders are inspiring the next generation of cyclists as they bring us into their long journey to their first pro wins, first stage wins, and first yellow jerseys at the Tour de France.

Even for the regulars, the guys we expect to win or be in yellow, like Costa, Cavendish, Greipel, Sagan, and Froome, they have rightly earned their place on the list of top picks going into the Tour. We have been reminded that a mechanical or a fall can change their good-fortune in a matter of minutes. That is why these last 4 stages of the 2013 Tour de France are worth watching - you never know how a bike race will end.

Still to come:
Stage 18 ... Alpe d'Huez twice!
Stage 19 ... A really hard challenging day of climbing and descending across 204.5km in the Alps!
Stage 20 ... An extremely steep last climb on the final exhausting day of racing.
Stage 21 ... The march into Paris and the glory of winning the 100th race on the Champs Élysées.

Can you look back over the last 19 days and recall all the stages and winners?

For me the highlights of 2013 so far have definitely been: Jan Bakelant's win, the wind and constant drama of Stage 13, and the time spent in Vaucluse with the climb up Mont Ventoux  - I truly love that mountain. What were yours?

See the entire album of photos by Steephill.TV/Sirotti/reuters here: All Stages photos 2013 Tour de France

Looking back at the Stage winners:
Stage 1 Marcel Kittel (Germany) - perfect sprint
Stage 2 Jan Bakelants (Belgium) - held off the chasing peloton
Stage 3 Simon Gerrans (Australia) - leaves Corsica in yellow
Stage 4 Orica-GreenEDGE team (TTT) (Australia) - team time trial
Stage 5 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) - perfect lead out
Stage 6 André Greipel (Germany) - power!
Stage 7 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) - finally meets expectations
Stage 8 Christopher Froome (South Africa) - dominates the Pyrenees
Stage 9 Dan Martin (Ireland) - shreds SKY on the Pyrenees climbs
Stage 10 Marcel Kittel (Germany) - controversial sprint win over Cav
Stage 11 Tony Martin (Germany) - the fastest man on a time trial bike
Stage 12 Marcel Kittel (Germany) - the fastest man won the sprint
Stage 13 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) - THE best day of racing!
Stage 14 Matteo Trentin (Italy) - an emotional surprising win
Stage 15 Christopher Froome (South Africa) - Wins on Mont Ventoux!
Stage 16 Rui Costa (Portugal) - the strongest man in a strong breakaway
Stage 17 Christopher Froome (South Africa) - won the climbing ITT
Stage 18 ...
Stage 19 ...
Stage 20 ...
Stage 21 ...

Looking back at who has been wearing yellow:
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)
Stage 8 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 9 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 10 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 11 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 12 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 13 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 14 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 15 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 16 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 17 Christopher Froome (South Africa)
Stage 18 ...
Stage 19 ...
Stage 20 ...
Stage 21 ...

Who is still racing - not these riders:
Withdrawals from the 2013 Tour de France: 21 riders - after Stage 17
#132 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) dehydration, withdrawal during Stage 3
#66 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) withdrawal (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) withdrawal after Stage 6 injuries, DNS Stage 7
#179 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin) withdrawal Stage 7, shoulder injury
#146 Andriano Malori (Lampre) withdrawal Stage 7
#142 Matteo Bonon (Lampre) withdrawal Stage 8
#174 Rohan Dennis (GRS) DNS Stage 9
#38 Michael Schär (BMC) DNS Stage 9
#126 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (MOV) Withrawal Stage 9
#95 Benjamin Noval Gonzales (Saxo) Withdrawal Stage 9
#4 Vasili Kiryinka (SKY) finished outside time limit on Stage 9
#2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) fractured shoulder Stage 13
#208 Danny Von Poppel (Vacansoleil) DNS Stage 16 
#71 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) DNS Stage 16  
#113 Gorka Isaguirre (Euskadi) DNS Stage 17
#81 Jean Christophe Perraud (ALM) Withdrawal Stage 17, fractured shoulder

Stage 17 RESULTS

Photo of the Day:

Lieuwe Westra (Dutch National Champion) races along Lac de Serre-Ponçon, one of the largest artificial lakes in western Europe near Embrun, France. 
Lieuwe Westra at Lac de Serre-Ponçon
Classification Jerseys - after Stage 17
YELLOW - Christopher Froome (SKY)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Christopher Froome (SKY) / wearing: Mikel Nieve (Euskatel-Euskadi)
WHITE - Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
COMBATIVE - not awarded in ITT
TEAM - Team Saxo-Tinkoff
LANTERNE ROUGE - Dimitriy Muravyev (Astana) + 03h 45' 43"
STAGE  - Christopher Froome (SKY)
Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification standings 2013 Tour de France
Stage 17 Results
GBR  1  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)            51:33
ESP  2  CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF)        +    9
ESP  3  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)             +   10
CZE  4  KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                 +   23
COL  6  QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 1:11
DEN  8  FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA PRO TEAM)               + 1:34
USA  9  TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP)                 + 1:41
USA  10 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING)                + 1:51
General Classification after Stage 17
GBR  1  FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING)            66:07:09
ESP  2  CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF)        +  4:34
CZE  3  KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF)                 +  4:51
NED  4  MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)             +  6:23
COL  5  QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM) +  6:58
ESP  6  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KATUSHA)             +  7:21
Slick roads bring down Peraud (00:39 English)nbcsports


Stage 18
Thursday, July 18thGap > Alpe-d’Huez - a must see stage!

Alpe d'Huez: 13.2 km 8.1 % avg, max 10.6 (twice!!)
Video Preview: GCN - Tour De France Stage 18 Fly Through
Froome calls for Sarenne to be neutralized if rain hits Alpe d’Huezvelonews
Weather: 80% chance of precipitation (rain!)

Km 13.0 - Col de Manse 6.6 kilometre-long climb at 6.2% - category 2
Km 45.0 - Rampe du Motty 2.4 kilometre-long climb at 8% - category 3
Km 95.0 - Col d'Ornon (1 371 m) 5.1 kilometre-long climb at 6.7% - category 2
Km 122.5- Alpe d'Huez 1st 12.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.4% - category H
Km 131.5 - Col de Sarenne 3 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% - category 2
Km 172.5 - Alpe d'Huez 2nd 13.8 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% - category H

Tomorrow's approach from Gap to Bourg d'Oisans, the town at the base of l'Alpe'd'Huez, has been used in previous years and steers clear of the nearby Col du Galibier. 

Weight limit for road bikes in the Tour de France is a minimum of 6.8 K (14.991 lbs). Bikes will reportedly be weighed after Stage 18 to ensure that lighter weight bike exchanges were not made by team cars to riders.

Gap to l'Alped'Huez, Stage 18 TDF 2013
Stage 18 profile map
Profile of climb of Alpe=d'Huez and climb to Col de Sarenne. The second climbs stops at the HC marker at the top of Alpe d'Huez. 
The last 4 climbs of Stage 18 on Thursday 18 July 2013
Steephill.tv includes this photo of Col de Sarenne in their travel log piece on climbing the col.


Please transfer directly to a new post written by Karen at Pedal Dancer® today: Climbing Alpe d'Huez

About riding Alpe d'Huez - other posts by Pedal Dancer®:
"21 levels of hell", or 21 steps to heaven (*with a list of all the names on the signs, records and famous moments on Alpe d'Huez.)
My climb up the Alpe d'Huez
Best Climbs in the 2013 Tour de France
Guess Where #3
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