7.06.2014

Tour de France 1: Unforgettable Day


The Crowd! Pic by Paolo Slongo
The Tour often finishes with fireworks, this one started with a big bang. Not a boring flat stage with a predictable sprint, not a boring prologue – sorry for prologues: they are often boring – but a true battle for Yellow, Green, White and Polka.
A Royal Start
First of all Jens Voigt, a living monument to attacking cycling. The Tour starts and he is in a break-away – with Edet and ? - The break-away got caught but the Jensie is still up the road. The stage finishes at the sprint but the Jensie is on the podium awarded twice: Combactivity and Polka Jersey. I think that the Combactivity award has been invented for him.
The Jensie!
In second place, the place: Yorkshire. Crowded. Awfully crowded. Umbelivable crowded. Splendid!
Cav crashed
Finally the final fight for the first stage victory, that means for Yellow because that's what you'll get to wear after it. But also for White because a few sprinters are also eligible for the Best Youth Jersey. Marcel Kittel took a terrific win, no doubt, no regret. Mark Cavendish took it wrong instead, crashed and took down Simon Gerrans. Others crashed behind. A dislocated shoulder for Cav and his Tour's over. Chris Froome took a six: impressive. His Tour takes off. Team Sky is the Best Team. Peter Sagan, on Wolverine's bike, failed the sprint but didn't crash and grabbed the White Jersey.
All the rest, safely out the trouble.

Kittel won
Marcel Kittel:
"The jersey is for the team after the job they did today and all the fans out there supporting us also deserve a slice. We worked so hard for it - everyone pulled just as they should and even with a slight reshuffle in the sprint formation at the end we got it perfect. All I had to do was follow their wheels." 
Mark Cavendish: 
"I'm gutted about the crash today,” Cavendish said. "It was my fault. I'll personally apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance. In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn't really there. I wanted to win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans that came out to support - it was truly incredible.”
Polka Voigt
But I have seen nothing of it. I was in Montecatini with my son's Team at the National Meeting for the youngest cathegory (7-12). Children had invaded the town riding small race bikes and wearing their colourful kits. It was a no stop competition, with each cathegory shared in many different batteries so nobody can claim to be the 'national champion' but a few went home very happy. All were excited. All showed an incredible profesionalism considering their age: waiting in the heat, ordinately lining up, fairly racing, getting back on the bike after a crash, still crying a bit but fighting their way till the end.
Son is 1314!
My son did a very good race: in the front group on a demanding route up and down the thermal park, fnally 12. It was great to meet and challenge children from all the country: some coming from Sicilia, some from Veneto or Piemonte. My son's Team usually doesn't take part to Nationals because they don't like to go so far and even this year, with the race at home, they decided to partecipate only to the road race, while the Meeting lasted four days, with ability, sprints and mtb competitions. I don't agree, I think it's important for children to stay together, to enjoy such a great party. No matter: it's the last year in the cathegory so I'm glad we got the chance.

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4:44:07
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
8 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling
9 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge
11 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
12 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura
13 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
14 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
15 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge
17 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
18 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
19 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
21 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
22 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
23 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura
24 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
25 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Garmin - Sharp
26 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
28 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
30 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
31 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
32 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
33 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
34 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
35 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
36 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
37 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
38 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
39 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
40 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
41 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
42 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
43 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
GC
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4:44:07
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
8 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team
10 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica GreenEdge
11 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek Factory Racing
12 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp - Endura
13 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
14 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling
15 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
17 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
18 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
19 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
21 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
22 Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo
23 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp - Endura
24 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
25 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
26 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
28 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
30 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
31 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
32 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
33 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
34 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
35 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
36 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
37 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
38 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
39 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
40 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
41 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Fdj.fr
42 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Fdj.fr
43 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
YELLOW JERSEY
Marcel Kitte
GREEN
Marcel Kittel
WHITE
Peter Sagan
POLKA
Jens Voigt
TEAM
Team Sky

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