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Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France in 1903

Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France in 1903

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Tour de France 2013

Over the last few weeks, various countries have held their Nationals.  As you can see from the following list, there are some big guns coming into form at the right time of the year, but winning your nationals is no guarantee of  berth in the tdf.

  • Australia Luke Durbridge (Orica-Greenedge – not riding tdf)
  • Belgium Stijn Devolder (Radioshack-Leopard – not riding tdf)
  • Croatia Robert Kišerlovski (Radioshack-Leopard – not riding tdf)
  • Denmark Michael Mørkøv (Team Saxo-Tinkoff – not riding tdf)
  • Estonia Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
  • France Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr)
  • Germany André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
  • Great Britain Mark Cavendish (OPQS)
  • Greece Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi- not riding tdf)
  • Italy Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing – not riding tdf)
  • Japan Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)
  • Kazakhstan Alexander Dyachenko (Astana – not riding tdf)
  • Lithuania Tomas Vaitkus (Orica-Greenedge - not riding tdf)
  • Luxembourg Bob Jungels (Radioshack-Leopard – not riding tdf)
  • Netherlands Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)
  • New Zealand Hayden Roulston (Radioshack-Leopard – not riding tdf)
  • Norway Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing – not riding tdf)
  • Poland Michał Kwiatkowski (OPQS)
  • Russia Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha – not riding tdf)
  • Slovakia Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
  • Spain Jesus Herrada (Movistar – not riding tdf)
  • Switzerland Michael Schär (BMC Racing)

Remember Arthur Vichot

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In 2010 he was the unknown foreign rider provided with superstar stardom by the lads from the Port Adelaide Cycling Club as part of their “Operation: Support an Obscure Pro”.

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If your after a good tdf website to monitor the comings and goings of the tour, you can’t go past the Inrng

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There’s a concise preview of every stage, with a quick take on the day added.

In addition, before every stage you’ll find a separate blog posting with updates and information called “The Spin”. This daily preview will be updated to reflect current news and also includes detailed information on the route with the kind of precision normally reserved for a team briefing.

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There are four jerseys in the race: yellow, green, polka dot and white.

White jersey winner Tejay Van Garderen, yellow jersey winner Bradley Wiggins, green jersey winner Peter Sagan and polka dot jersey winner Thomas Voeckler.

White jersey winner Tejay Van Garderen, yellow jersey winner Bradley Wiggins, green jersey winner Peter Sagan and polka dot jersey winner Thomas Voeckler.

Yellow: the most famous one, the maillot jaune, it is awarded to the rider with the shortest overall time for all the stages added together. As such, they have covered the course faster than anyone else. First awarded in 1919, it is yellow because the race was organised by the L’Auto newspaper which was printed on yellow paper. Today it is sponsored by LCL, a bank.

Ahhh. Here’s hoping it won’t be a skyshow this year, although their lead in to this years tdf was similar to last years lead-in, just a different team leader.

  1. Chris Froome
  2. Alberto Contador
  3. Joaquim Rodriguez
  4. Ryder Hesjedal
  5. Cadel Evans
  6. Jurgen Van den Broeck
  7. Richie Porte
  8. Tejay van Garderen
  9. Robert Gesink
  10. Alejandro Valverde

Green: the points jersey, which tends to reward the sprinters. Points are awarded at the finish line and at one intermediate point in the stage and the rider with the most points wears the jersey. It is sponsored by PMU, the state-owned betting company.

  • For the “flat” stages (aka coefficient 1) 45,35,30,26,22,20,18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2 points for the first 15 riders
  • For the “hilly” stages (coefficient 2 and 3) 30,25,22,19,17,15,13,11,9, 7,6,5,4,3,2 points for the first 15 riders
  • For the “high mountain” (coefficient 4 and 5): 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7, 6,5,4,3,2,1 points for the first 10 riders
  • For the individual time trial stages : 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6, 5,4,3,2,1 for the first 15 riders
  • For each intermediate sprint, the first 15 riders to finish will receive 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 points respectively
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This years conteders for the green jersey are:

  1. Mark Cavendish
  2. Peter Sagan
  3. André Greipel
  4. Marcel Kittel
  5. Matthew Goss
  6. Alexander Kristoff,
  7. Edvald Boasson Hagen

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Polka dot: also known as the “King of the Mountains” jersey, points are awarded at the top of categorised climbs and mountain passes, with these graded from the easier 4th category to the hors catégorie climbs which are so hard they are off the scale. In reality these gradings are subjective, there is no algebraic formula. Again the rider with the most points wears the jersey. It is sponsored by Carrefour, a supermarket.

  • “Hors Catégorie” passes: 25,20,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2 points respectively for first 10 riders to finish
  • Category 1 climbs: 10,8,6,4,2,1 points
  • Category 2: 5,3,2,1 points respectively
  • Category 3: 2, 1 points
  • Category 4: 1 point
  • Points are doubled for the final climb on a stage with a summit finish (Stages 8, 15, 18, 20).

Some of the contenders for this years polka jersey, including a few surprise nominations are:

  1. Thomas Voeckler
  2. Andy Schleck.
  3. Mikkel Nieve
  4. Igor Anton
  5. John Gadret
  6. Hubert Dupont
  7. Romain Bardet
  8. Johnny Hoogerland
  9. Thomas De Gendt
  10. José Serpa

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White: for the best young rider, this is awarded on the same basis as the yellow jersey, except the rider must be born after 1 January 1988, ie aged 25 or under. It is sponsored by Skoda, a car manufacturer.

The SBS build up starts on Friday night at 8:35pm with the Legend of the Race. This feature-length documentary explores the history of the Tour, including its moments of glory and periods of controversy.  It looks at the achievements of some of the race’s biggest names, including Merckx, Hinault, Bobet and Poulidor, along with those involved in doping and money scandals. 

The race then starts on Saturday night, with the Grand Depart and the 2nd and 3rd stages in Corsica. Have a look at this Eurosport Corsica clip, it looks stunning.

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I love the song SBS are promo-ing the TdF this year.

The Distance” is a song by the American alternative rock band Cake. Released in 1996, “The Distance” was the second single from the band’s second album Fashion Nugget, and considered one of their most popular songs.

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Reluctantly crouched at the starting line,
Engines pumping and thumping in time.
The green light flashes, the flags goes up,
Churning and burning, they yern for the cup.

They deftly manouver and muscle for rank,
Fuel burning fast on an empty tank,
Wreckless and wild they pour thru the turns,
Their prowless is podent and secretly stern.

As they speed thru the finish the flags go down.
The fans get up, and get out of town.
The arena is empty except for one man,
Still driving and striving as fast as he can

The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup,
But he’s driving and striving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.

He’s going the distance.
He’s going for speed.
She’s all alone, all alone in her time of need.

Because he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
He’s going the distance.

Yeah!

No trophy, no flowers, no flash bulbs, no wine.
He’s haunted by something he cannot define.
Bowel shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse,
Assail him, impale him with monster truck force.
In his mind he’s still driving, still making the grade.
She’s hoping time that her memories will fade,
Cause he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse.

The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup.
But he’s striving and driving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.

Cause he’s going the distance.
He’s going for speed.
She’s all alone, all alone in her time of need.

Because he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse,
He’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse!

He’s going the distance.
He’s going for speed.
He’s going the distance…

New Jersey for the TdF – Team Belkin (previously Blanco, previously Rabobank)

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till next week

tightspokes

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