TOUR DE FRANCE

Tour de France

2015

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      2014 STAGE RESULTS AND PICTURES OF THE DAY:

      Results Stage 16 

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      Results Stage 15 

      Stage 15 Stage Wi

      1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3:56:35
      2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin

      3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha

      4Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo

      5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka

      6Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team

      7Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits

      8Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge

      General Classification after Stage 15 - every second counts!

      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky59:58:54
      2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:10
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:32
      4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:02
      5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:23
      6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:54
      7Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:06:23
      8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:17
      9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:08:23
      10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:08:53

      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (44 points ahead of Greipel)
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Chris Froome (Joaquim Rodriguez will wear it on Stage 16)
      • White Jersey: Nairo Quintana
      • Combative: Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo!
      • Best Team: Movistar Team
      • Lanterne Rouge: Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18, behind by 3:14:49
      • 171 riders remain of the original 198 (list of withdraws)
      Greipel wins Stage 15 TDF 2015. Photo by PhotoNews via team Lotto Soudal
       
      Results Stage 14

      Stage 14 Win

      1Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka4:23:43
      2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:02
      3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:03

      General Classification after Stage 14

      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky56:02:19
      2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:10
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:32
      4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:02
      5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:23
      6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:54

      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (44 points ahead of Greipel)
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Chris Froome (Joaquim Rodriguez will wear it on Stage 16)
      • White Jersey: Nairo Quintana
      • Combative: Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
      • Best Team: Movistar Team
      • Lanterne Rouge: Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18, behind by 2:59:08
      • 172 riders remain of the original 198 (list of withdraws)

      Results Stage 13 (full results)

      Stage 13 Win


      1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team4:43:42
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo

      3Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:03

      GC Standings after Stage 13
      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky51:34:21
      2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:52
      3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:09
      4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:58
      5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:03
      6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:04
      7Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:32
      8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:07:32
      9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:47
      10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:08:02

      • 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
      Greg Van Avermaet wins Stage 13 TDF 2015.  Photo via LeTour

      Results Stage 12

      The Lanterne Rouge, Michael Matthews, lost 30 minutes on today's stage alone. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha is now in second place for the mountain classification behind Froome and will be wearing red spots tomorrow. Nairo Quintana has all but secured his white jersey with another stellar day climbing. Movistar has moved ahead of Sky to lead the Best Team classification.

      Stage Win

      1Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha5:40:14
      2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:12
      3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:49
      4Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:34
      5Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:38
      6Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:05:47
      7Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:03
      8Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:28
      9Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:46
      10Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:06:47
      11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team

      12Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr

      13Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team

      14Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo

      15Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar

      16Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team

      17Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky

      GC Standings
      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky46:50:32
      2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:52
      3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:09
      4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:58
      5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:03
      6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:04
      7Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:32
      8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:07:32
      9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:47

      • 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: Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
      • Best Team: Movistar Team
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 2:34:21) 
      • 175 riders remain of the original 198
      If you were invited to this party, you should have been in a break or a chase today.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
      Results Stage 11
      Stage 11 Results (full stage results)

      1 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:02:01
      2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:00
      3 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:23
      4 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:02:08
      5 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:34
      6 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:34
      7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:11
      8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:19
      9 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:21
      10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:05:21

      GC Standings after Stage 11


      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky41:03:31
      2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:52
      3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:09
      4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:59
      5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:03
      6Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:04
      7Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:04:33
      8Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:35
      9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:06:44
      10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:07:05
      11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:47
      12Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:09:26
      13Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:10:27
      14Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:13:57
      15Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:16:33
      16Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:16:38
      17Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:17:55
      18Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:19:14
      19Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:20:42
      20Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:07

      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (back in green! 7 points ahead of Greipel)
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Chris Froome (Richie Porte will wear it on Stage 12)
      • White Jersey: Nairo Quintana
      • Combative: Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
      • Best Team: SKY
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 2:04:14)
      • 177 riders remain: there were 6 men who abandoned on the road today. A total of 21 men have left the Tour by mid-day in the stage race.
      Warren Barguil slaloms cows while descending the Tourmalet, Tour de Fracne 2015. Photo via Sky Sports

      Results Stage 10

      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky4:22:07
      2Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:00:59
      3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:04
      4Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:33
      5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:01
      6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky

      7Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:02:04
      8Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar

      9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:02:22
      10Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:30
      11Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:51
      12Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:03:09
      13Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team

      14Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka0:03:19
      15Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin

      16Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:04:00
      17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:04:09
      18Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka

      19Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:04:16
      20Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:04:25
      21Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team

      22Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo

      23Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:44
      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: André Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Chris Froome
      • White Jersey: Nairo Quintana
      • Combative: Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 1:42:47)
      • 183 riders remain: Ivan Basso (Cancer Dx) and Lars Boom (fever) did not start the stage today.
      Chris Froome wins the stage

      Results Stage 9

      Stage Win

      1BMC Racing0:32:15
      2Team Sky0:00:01
      3Movistar Team0:00:04
      4Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:28
      5Astana Pro Team0:00:35
      6IAM Cycling0:00:38
      7Etixx-QuickStep0:00:45
      8Lampre-Merida0:00:48
      9Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:14
      10AG2R LA Mondiale0:01:24
      11Trek Factory Racing0:01:25
      12Team Cannondale-Gramin0:01:29
      13Bora-Argon 180:01:31
      14FDJ0:01:33
      15Lotto Soudal0:01:36
      16Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:37
      17Team Europcar0:01:42
      18Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:46
      19Team Katusha0:01:53
      20MTN-Qhubeka0:01:56
      21Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32
      22Orica-GreenEdge0:04:58

      GC Standing

      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky31:34:12
      2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
      5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:03
      6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:18
      7Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:50
      9Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:59
      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Daniel Teklehaimanot
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: not awarded
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 1:16:10)
      • 184 riders remain with the abandon of Ivan Basso
      Team BMC celebrates TTT win TDF 2015.  Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.

      Results Stage 8

      Stage Win

      1Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4:20:55
      2Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:05
      3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:10

      GC Standings

      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky31:01:56
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:11
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:13
      4Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:26
      5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:28
      6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:34
      7Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:36
      8Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:07
      9Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:15
      10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:01:32
      11Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:39
      12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:47
      13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:48
      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Daniel Teklehaimanot
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 1:02:14)
      • 185 riders remain of 198 starters on Stage 1
      • Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha did not start the stage (doping)

      Results Stage 7

      Stage Win

      1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step4:27:25
      2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal

      3Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo

      General Classification after Stage 7 (Nairo Quintana has dropped to 16th)
      1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky26:40:51
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:11
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:13
      4Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:26
      5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:28
      6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:34
      7Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:36
      8Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:52
      9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:01:03
      10Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
      • Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
      • Green Jersey: André Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Daniel Teklehaimanot
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 1:02:14)
      • 186 riders remain of 198 starters on Stage 1
      Mark Cavendish wins his 26th stage victory at the Tour de France


      Results Stage 6

      Stage Win
      1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step4:53:46
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:02
      3Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar

      Classification after Stage 6
      1Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step22:13:14
      2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:12
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:25
      4Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:27
      5Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:38
      6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:40
      7Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:46
      8Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:48
      9Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:04
      10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:01:15
      • Yellow Jersey: Tony Martin    ... [Chris Froome]
      • Green Jersey: André Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Daniel Teklehaimanot
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
      • 188 riders started the stage (of 198)
      A fractured Tony Martin is escorted across the finish line by his teammates. He abandons the Tour.

      Stage 5 Results

      Stage 5 Win
      1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal4:39:00
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo

      3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step

      GC Standings after Stage 5
      1Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step17:19:26
      2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:12
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:25
      4Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:33
      5Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:38
      6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:40
      7Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:46
      8Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:48
      9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:01:15
      10Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:16

      Classifications
      • Yellow Jersey: Tony Martin
      • Green Jersey: Andre Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Michael Matthews (because he would not give up)
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews  
      • 189 riders remain of 198 starters
      Cavendish (left), Greipel (center), Sagan (right) - they really are the dream sprinter's podium at this Tour.  Photo from Lotto Soudal Cycling Team Fanpage

      STAGE 4

      Stage Win
      1Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step5:28:58
      2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:03
      3Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo

      GC Standings
      1Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step12:40:26
      2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:12
      3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:25
      • Yellow Jersey: Tony Martin
      • Green Jersey: Andre Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Vincenzo Nibali
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews 
      Eddy Merckx greats Tony Martin after his huge stage win over the cobbles into Cambrai

      STAGE 3

      Stage Win
      1Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha3:26:54
      2Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
      3Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:04

      GC Standings
      1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal20 pts
      2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin17
      3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15
      • Yellow Jersey: Christopher Froome
      • Green Jersey: Andre Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez
      • White Jersey: Peter Sagan
      • Combative: Jan Barta
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews  
      Speculoos: tweeted by Mic Rogers "I must be in Belgium"
      And this ...

      Massive Crash that ended Fabian Cancellara's (last) Tour de France.

      STAGE 2

      Stage Win
      1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal3:29:03
      2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
      3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing

      GC Standings
      1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing3:44:01
      2Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:03
      3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:06
      • Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara
      • Green Jersey: Andre Greipel
      • Polka-dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez
      • White Jersey: Tom Doumulin
      • Combative: Michal Kwiatkowski
      • Best Team: BMC
      • Lanterne Rouge: Adam Hansen
      Sprinting time at the TDF

      STAGE 1

      Stage Win
      1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:14:56
      2Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:05
      3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:06

      GC Standings
      1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:14:56
      2Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:05
      3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:06
      • Yellow Jersey: Rohan Dennis
      • Green Jersey: Rohan Dennis
      • Polka-dot Jersey: (not awarded)
      • White Jersey: Rohan Dennis
      • Combative: (not awarded)
      • Best Team: LottoNL-Jumbo
      • Lanterne Rouge: Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
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      Rohan Dennis wins the opening stage. Photo by Greg and Kimberli Hull of Chasing Light Media and Cycling Perspective.


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      2014

      2014 POSTS BY PEDAL DANCER®

      2014 TOUR DE FRANCE
      Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014
      101th Tour de France, 3,656 kilometres in length

      THE route
      Start: England  |  Finish: France
      Route Map of 2014 Tour de France.  Photo © A.S.O. click image to enlarge
      THE 21 Stages

      THE start village

      Yorkshire is impressively spectacular landscape! (Also read: Tour de France 2014 stage 1 to be permanently signposted). Certainly the days preceding Stage 1 will be great fun, with team presentations, interviews and the worlds best cycling on local roads. Tickets for the Festival of Cycling, 4th – 6th July 2014, will be available at the beginning of November 2013, read more at www.festivalofcycling.org. There will also be a sportif event for amateur cyclists to ride on course.

      THE climbs

      Climb By Bike already has most of the 2014 climbs (with profiles) listed out for us: http://www.climbbybike.com/race.asp?Race=Tour2014 , including the top 10 ouches (hardest climbs of the 2014 Tour de France):
      1. Planche des Belles Filles
      2. Col de Palaquit
      3. Col de lIzoard
      4. Risoul - Station
      5. Port de Bales  
      6. Col du Portillon
      7. Col de Val-Louron Azet 
      8. Le Pla d'Adet  
      9. Col du Tourmalet 
      10. Hautacam
      View down the Hautacam.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
      THE cobbles

      Here are the 9 sections of cobbles to be included on Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France. Can you say Carrefour de l’Arbre(!)

      9 sections of cobbles in 2014 Tour de France.  click image to enlarge
      Cobbles of Carrefour de l’Arbre. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
      THE opinion

      I like the 2014 route. 

      I like the emphasis placed on the planning and selection of riders by the Directeur Sportifs, on the expertise of the sprint coaches, on the importance of a team of well-rounded road racers, on the daily tactical decisions as the race situation changes, on the likelihood we will see much more of Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, and the French and Belgium riders who are masters at road stages. I also like the selection of nine new stage cities.

      Nothing is more exciting as when I first glance over the route; imaging the challenges, the logistics, which riders will excel, how the teams should be built, and where the team buses will need to squeeze through. I love imaging the terrain and the toughest climbs. I love imaging where I would like to see the Tour de France.

      My first impressions of the 2014 Tour route:
      • 4 countries! (England, Belgium, Spain and France)
      • Obviously intended to attract maximum number of fans  
      • Excited about three stages in cycling crazed Britain 
      • One could chase all the stages in the UK and be content never to hop the pond
      • Happy to see le Tour visit Ypres in Belgium; though sad remembrance of WWI
      • 9 sections, 15.4 kilometers of cobbles in Belgium/France
      • Long distances between stage starts and finishes this year
      • Requires very well orchestrated team support staff
      • Not a lot of big autoroute driving for the overworked bus drivers
      • Hard route on the media and the caravan personnel
      • Tough planning for cycling tour operators
      • Scarce multi-night stay overs 
      • We'll know who brought the best team by the Vosges mountains
      • I've always wanted to go to La Planche des Belles Filles (big stage)
      • They are flying through the Alps this year 
      • I liked climbing the Col de lIzoard, but it is in the middle of nowhere
      • I know nothing about Risoul, except it is 14 kilometers of steepness
      • They are bringing the TDF through the heart of tourist Provence - they rarely do that. 
      • I am not interested in a rest day in Carcassonne 
      • The stages through the Pyrenees are perfection! 
      • The climbing stages are shorter, so they may go harder with daring break aways
      • The penultimate stage is the only individual time trial (54km), followed by a long transfer
      • The area near Bergerac (location of the ITT), along the Dordogne River, is lovely
      • Only one day in or near Paris dashes all those weekend tour packages
      • Return of the classic afternoon finish on the Champs-Élysées - good!
      Most excited about
      1. Tour start in England (this is the 4th time the TDF has visited England)
      2. The Pyrenees! And Stages 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20
      3. Etape du Tour on July 20th - Stage 18, Pau-Hautacam!
      I would not want to be a tour operator or a bus driver for this Tour de France

      And yet I can so clearly see how I would bring a group of cyclists from the Etape du Tour through the final stages, that I want to begin the planning right now!

      The caravan approaches on Pla d'Adet on Le Tour day in 2005.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
      It's all about the teams and one very strong man

      This year's route puts a whole knew emphasis on recent rider transfers. The 2014 Tour de France will be decided in the team selection. Looking at this route, I think the teams need to decide who their GC man will be ahead of time and solidly support him; quite risky. They won't be looking to load their team with 4 climbers (back to the drawing board for team Garmin-Sharp), and see whose form comes through. Two climbers (alternates) pacing the GC up climbs should do just fine (6 out of 21 stages are mountain stages with 5 high altitude finishes).

      The teams will also not be looking to fill the ranks with time trialers - there will be no team time trial in 2014 and only one individual time trial which happens to be scheduled for Stage 20, out of 21, and is 54 kilometers long. Which means we will again witness skinny GC contenders no longer fitting their ideal TT bike fit, slipping around on their saddles trying to make up 40-second time gaps, when minutes could separate riders by the end of the day, and the outcome of Stage 20 could very well determine the final Tour podium. Oh the suspense.

      There will be plenty of opportunities for glorious stage wins by the sprinters. Teams will need to give any prominent sprinter a good solid lead out. So if a team intends to support a sprinter, they will devote 3 out of 9 men to the task of winning stage victories. Or a sprinter will need to be excellent in taking advantage of other teams and also expert in placement.

      Count it out: one GC, two climbers, one sprinter, two leadouts - traditionally that would leave space for 3 extremely hard working domestiques. Instead, I think for 2014 the D.S.s need to select and train a 4 to 5-man team of all-rounders who can act as domestiques, initial lead-out men, and form the protective train in the long distance stages (9 out of 21 stages are flat). We all know these five riders are often the most vulnerable to crashes and DNFs so they better be cross-trained as multi-taskers with good bike handling skills to avoid too many take-outs in the first crazy week through England and Belgium.

      Which team will we all be watching in July?  Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
      This is why I think the 2014 Tour de France is about a good solid road racing team and an experienced GC contender

      Tour Organizers have thrown in variety galore, and with visits to England, Belgium and a quick bypass through Spain, the riders and the fans will never be bored; with the winner being determined at some point in the last week. Plus I love when they include cobbles into the mix of the Tour de France. Paris-Roubaix is after all a race in FRANCE! Plus I like seeing the recon reports of Contador, and the likes, training on the old cobbled roads.

      Still the 2014 Tour de France has five mountain summit finishes planned - that says a lot right there. If it weren't that so much time damage can be done during a climbing stage, I would think it possible for a someone other than a pure climber to win the Tour de France, but that is unlikely. We can look for the GC contender who makes it safely through week one, stays healthy through week two, and climbs well in week three; reserving enough energy for the long individual time trial and stepping onto the podium in Paris.

      THE contenders

      As with all the other tour previews, I can throw out names like Nibali, Rodriguez, Contador, Froome, Chavanel, Costa, and Valverde. I can talk of the battle between Sagan, Kittel, Cavendish, and Greipel. But I am looking forward to that solo-breakaway that sticks, that epic triumph, that new young-gun who steps into the limelight. That glorious story that makes the Tour de France the very best Grand Tour. And motivates me to wake up ungodly early every morning during the month of July.

      This year I am most interested in the Best Team standing on the final podium in Paris.

      Preliminary startlist for the 2014 Tour de France via ProCycling Stats

      THE language lesson

      Vosges [vohzh] (link to hear how to pronounce)

      THE geography lesson 

      The 2014 Tour de France will visit three mountain ranges in France:
      1. Vosges
      2. Alps
      3. Pyrenees
      Mountain Ranges in France. Map via http://www.france-pub.com

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      2013 

      2013 - Pedal Dancer posts of the Tour de France

      Photo of the Day - Stage 1:
      Photo from Team Sky facebook page
      Photo of the Day - Stage 2
      Jan Bakelants held off the peloton for a 1" win
      Photo of the Day - Stage 3
      Simon Gerrans nips Peter Sagan at the line
      Photo of the Day - Stage 4
      Team Orica-GreenEDGE after winning the Team Time Trial in Nice.  Photo on Twitter, credit to Graham Watson
      Photo of the Day - Stage 5
      Ted King in May 2013.  Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
      Photo of the Day - Stage 6
      Photo © Presse Sport from letour website
      Photo of the Day - Stage 7
      The moment, and the smile, when Peter Sagan knew he'd won the stage.  Photo from Cannondale Pro Cycling
      Photo of the Day - Stage 8
      Froome climbs away in the Pyrenees
      Photo of the Day - Stage 9
      Dan Martin (Garmin) and Jacob Fuglsang (Astana) broke away and stayed away on the final climb.What I love most about this photo is that not a single fans is seen with a camera in their hands - which means they are soaking up the effort in the faces of the riders as they pass. Now that is the way to watch the Tour.
      Photo of the Day - Stage 10
      Veelers and Cavendish collide in a lead out block gone bad.
      Photo of the Day - Stage 11
      World Champion Tony Martin (OPQS) wins the first ITT of the TDF at 54.2 kmh (33.69 mph).
      Photo of the Day - Stage 12
      May the fastest man win! And he did - Marcel Kittel.
      Photo of the Day - Stage 13
      Where it all went wrong for Valverde.  Photo by © Presse Sports
      Photo of the Day - Stage 14
      Matteo Trentin wins in Lyon.  Photo: © AFP Photo
      Photo of the Day - Stage 15
      Froome winning on Mont Ventoux
      Photo of the Day - Stage 16
      Rui Costa emerges as the strong man in a very strong breakaway group.
      Photo of the Day - Stage 17
      Lieuwe Westra in the ITT Embrun to Chorges, photo ©A.S.O.
      Photo of the Day - Stage 18
      Christophe Riblon at Alpe d'Huez.  Photo by Steephill.TV
      Photo of the Day - Stage 19
      Rui Costa in the rain.  Photo Team SKY
      Photo of the Day - Stage 20
      Peter Sagan's wheelie across the line at Annecy-Samnoz.

      Photo of the Day - Stage 21
      [ TBD ]

      The changing roadside culture of the 2013 Tour de France (video http://youtu.be/Ls3NxXSb1K0)
      Photo found shared on Facebook by The Chain Stay
      Favorite photos from the 2013 Tour de France
      Cannondale Rider photographing Corsica.  Photo from itv4 tour Gallery
      The thing is - they will look just like this 20 years from now. Only a little taller.  Photo from LeTour
      Chris Froome (Froomie)  Photo from itv4 tour Gallery
      Kittel Cav and Sagan sprint.  Photo from itv4 tour Gallery 
      Le Equipe, LCL, and Vittel major sponsors at Le Tour.  Photo from itv4 tour Gallery
      Quintana's father crying with pride.  (AP Photo/Carlos Julio Martinez)
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      2012

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      Previous foreign starts of the Tour de France

      1954: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
      1958: Brussels (Belgium)
      1965: Cologne (Germany)
      1973: Scheveningen (Netherlands)
      1975: Charleroi (Belgium)
      1978: Leiden (Netherlands)
      1980: Frankfurt (Germany)
      1982: Basel (Switzerland)
      1987: Berlin (Germany)
      1989: Luxembourg
      1992: San Sebastian (Spain)
      1996: 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)
      1998: Dublin
      2002: Luxembourg
      2004: Liege (Belgium)
      2007: London
      2009: Monaco
      2010: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
      2012: Liege (Belgium)
      2014: Leeds (England)