This transition day seemed to be a transition to greater heat. After rolling over melting tarmac and puddles of sweat left from fellow racers, the main field of the peloton completed a slow roll to the line, their jobs done for the day, their main men over the line. The big time gaps on this stage showed that most were finished with their jobs before the finish line, they were not all racing to the line, they were just trying to get there
|Greg Van Avermaet wins Stage 13 TDF 2015. Photo via LeTour|
Inside scoop on Greg V A, he is one of the most photogenic athletes in cycling. Amazes me how some people take far better pictures than others. He has a career after cycling.
|Photo via LeTour|
After an effort of 198.5 km, the riders retired to their non air-conditioned hotels rooms (they typically prefer not to use AC for their health), making for a very warm sleep tonight. Nights like this remind me that not all hotel rooms are created equal at the Tour de France, some will not be nice. During the Pyrenean stages, the teams were spread out across 6 towns in varying hotels (see the list). In smaller towns the pickings are slim.
|But then again, some hotels are very nice.|
Teams (are supposed to) rotate through the best, and least best, hotels as they travel through the stages over three weeks. But Team Sky seems to get around those arrangements. Team Sky has caught heat (nice pun) for their motor home and for hogging the parking spaces at their team hotels. Some teams have been known to change mattresses and sheets, anything for a good night's sleep, especially after thirteen days of hard racing.
"Bubbling mass of the main field" ~ Paul Sherwen
Stage 13 Results (full results)
|1||Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team||4:43:42|
|2||Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo|
|3||Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:03|
|1||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||51:34:21|
|2||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:02:52|
|3||Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team||0:03:09|
|4||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:03:58|
|5||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky||0:04:03|
|6||Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo||0:04:04|
|7||Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:05:32|
|8||Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal||0:07:32|
|9||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:07:47|
|10||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing||0:08:02|
- Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
- Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (2 points ahead of Greipel)
- Polka-dot Jersey: Chris Froome (Joaquim Rodriguez will wear it on Stage 13)
- White Jersey: Nairo Quintana
- Combative: Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
- Best Team: Movistar Team
- Lanterne Rouge: Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18, 2:43:06
- 175 riders remain of the original 198
Stage 14 Preview - Gorges du Tarn, the tourist stage
Saturday, July 18th - Stage 14178.5km
Approximate Stage Finish: 17:00 CET (11:00 AM EDT, 9:00 AM MDT). Coverage starts at 6:00am in Colorado!
Stage 14 route map - green means hills
|Stage 14 route map 2015 TDF|
|Stage 14 profile map 2015 TDF|
- Km 20.0 - Côte de Pont-de-Salars1.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 4
- Km 146.0 - Côte de Sauveterre9 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 2
- Km 169.5 - Côte de Chabrits1.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 4
- Km 177.0 - Côte de la Croix Neuve (1 055 m)3 kilometre-long climb at 10.1% - category 2
If you like scenery and you miss the first half of tomorrow's stage, try to find a way to go back and watch the scenery later - it will be spectacular as the helicopter takes us on a high arm-chair tour of the Gorges du Tarn, a major tourist area of France. (Gorges du Tarn tourism & sightseeing). For Coloradans (like myself), the scenery is similar to a number of the canyons within a short drive of home.
|A natural wonder|
|Looks like vacation time!|
|Now this looks like a great sport|
|Now I am in the mood for a pastis and a patio.|
Bikes, scenery, drink, food - what is a better combo?
Speaking of nourishment, recommended listening tonight come by way of The Cycling Podcast and Lionel Birnie exploring cuisine a la Tour de France. I might fall asleep to the cycling (race) podcast every night (which was good today), but food keeps me awake. Please listen to:
Kilometer 0 : Food on the Tour (or subscribe to The Cycling Podcast in your podcast app)
I enjoy following along on Lionel Birnie's Le Gourmet de France blog about food experiences (some good, some not) at the Tour de France.
|Link: Kilometer 0 takes you behind the scenes at the Tour de France|
Poor Jean-Christophe Péraud
It was tough to watch him carry on in pain after his crash today. But someone needs to figure out how to better bandage and clothe a man while on the bike.
I sprained my ankle today, so I am resting this weekend. Tonight I am watching Slaying The Badger.
Fini - catch up with you tomorrow
Posts by Pedal Dancer on the 2015 Tour de France:
- Stage 12 TDF: Attack!
- TDF Stage 12 Preview: Green hill after green hill
- Stage 11 TDF: a pack of GC contenders and a few co...
- TDF Stage 11 Preview: A tour of the Haute-Pyrenees...
- Stage 10 TDF: Selection!
- TDF Stage 10 Preview: Climb to La Pierre-Sainte-Martin
- TDF Rest Day 1: Rest Day reads and the Pyrenees
- Today I rode to the Frontiere of Spain
- My Top Twenty Climbs in France
- Get well soon Ivan Basso!
- Stage 9 TDF: TTT - 3 teams were clearly the best
- Stage 8 TDF: Field Art and a GC Climb
- Stage 7 TDF: The Hotbed of French Cycling
- Stage 6 TDF: Gorgeous scenery, crashes and surprises
- Stage 5 TDF: Memorials, Wind and Position
- Please watch Stage 4 of the Tour de France
- Route of the 2015 Tour de France