Le Tour de France - Volume 4


 

 

By Chris Smith

Tuesday 31st July 2018

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What a Tour de France! Here's our recap on the last 8 stages:

The Stage 13 sprint stage out the Alps to Valence was predictably won by the man in the Green Jersey, Peter Sagan. Stages 14 and 15 were owned by the break-aways and both times Astana came out as the break away kings. Meanwhile Geraint Thomas continued his serene ride in the yellow jersey.Monday was the rest day in the beautiful city of Carcassonne and then the Tour (and Bikecation on a corporate ride and watch trip) headed to the beautiful Pyrenees for the climax.

The Pyrenees have seen many a famous battle in the Tour de France. The Tourmalet has been used 83 times in the Tour and is the most used climb in the Tour de France, and highest paved road in the Pyrenees . This year the battle in the Pyrenees did not disappoint.

Stage 16: The breakaway went from the start. Yates crashed when he should of won. Alaphilippe won and much like peacocks, there was much show, but not much bite in the fight for the GC.

Stage 17: Just 65km with 2800m of climbing. This stage was Dynamite and was much hyped. Cycling weekly, with our help, even made an excellent preview video. Attacks went on the 16km Col de Peyresourde and the racing was fast and furious. Nairo Quintana won, Froome lost time and Thomas began to believe.

Stage 18: A weird interlude of a sprinters stage. Not much happened on GC, and Demare won. Sagan, feeling the effects of a crash the previous day didn't contest the sprint, but had such a big lead in the Green Jersey points competition, he only had to make Paris to win overall.

Stage 19: The second Queen Stage. Or possibly arguably the Queen stage? The stage up Alpe d'Huez was it's rival.  The racing was great. Mikel Landa lit up the race with an attack on the Tourmalet and at one point it looked like it might stick. In the end the combined might of Sky and NL-Jumbo, brought it back on the Aubisque and Rodlic won by a handful of seconds.

Stage 20: Time Trial Day. Dumoulin won the battle, but Thomas won the war and became the only the 3rd British rider to win the Tour de France. Chris Froome wrapped up 3rd place on the podium.

Stage 21: They Drank the champagne, rolled into Paris and the hard man from Norway, Alexander Kristoff, won on the Champs-Elysées.

This left Geraint Thomas as winner of the Tour De France. Peter Sagan, King of the Sprinters (for a 6th time!), and Julian Alaphilippe as King of the Mountains. Special mentions must go to three riders. Dan Martin for being awarded the most combative prize and always attacking! Chris Froome for supporting Geraint Thomas when he could of easily thrown his toys out the pram and Lawson Craddock for finishing last, but finishing none the less, as he broke his shoulder on day 1!

And that's a wrap. Contact us if the Tour de France has inspired you and you want to pedal your bike through some of the iconic landscapes you have witnessed over the last 3 weeks.

 

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