Jul 22, 2017

Fanworship







"It wasn't great for me because I was waiting for three hours in the hot seat. It was really stressful watching strong riders like Tony Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski ride. Kwiat is my friend, beating him by one second maybe due to bad luck but I couldn't enjoy it."
- Maciej Bodnar, winner stage 20










"I'm out of gas. I am tired, I've given everything. It's the Tour de France and some days you feel good and others you don't. This stage was just one of those days when it just didn't go well. I knew I couldn't let me head go down in the money-time. I'm delighted to have given it everything and there's a little bit of success in having saved a podium place."
- Romain Bardet, finishing just over 2 minutes behind Bodnar clings onto third spot.


















Alberto Contador finished stage 20 TT in sixth spot only 21 seconds slower than the winner Maciej Bodnar.

"I can only say 'thank you' to the public, because  even though I didn't achieve what I was hoping for and what I worked so hard for, I could feel the love at every stage and it was amazing. For me it is like a tribute and it is a privilege to be part of this. I am immensely thankful."
- Alberto Contador





Jul 21, 2017

Friday File: The Big Boss







Long time coming on the longest stage (225km) Eddy Boasson Hagen took the shorter right hand, with Nikias Arndt on the 3km to go roundabout and scored the victory. The first win in six long years... a Boss ride!










The Green Avenger...

























I'm enjoying my Sella Italia Flite, enjoy this look at the Italian classic saddle maker...














I remembered this the best theme music for Le Tour...






Jul 20, 2017

King(s) of PANACHE




"4 stage wins, 2 jerseys! Unreal..."
- Simon Geschke



"I can't believe it, it's a dream. I paced myself up the climb + closed the gap to the leader + won. 
It's unbelievable."
- Warren Barguil, looks destined to win the KoMs classification.



"In France he'll forever be remembered. #legend"
- Laurens ten dam



"Is this really happening or am I just dreaming? What a legend."
- Roy Curvers




















Colombia Independence Day 










I really wanted Atapuma to win. I don't know if this is a record but he has now come second in stages at each of the three Grand Tours. He is a great climber and his helluva second won him the most combative rider of the queen stage.




4 second bonus for Bardet.




"Nothing is done, there is still the time trial, but I like the time trials at the end of the Tour. I feel motivated."
- Romain Bardet









Rigo Uran drops to third place, 29 seconds and the real test is the 22.5 ams time trial in Marseille on Saturday. 

"And Uran is not a bad time triallist."
- Serge Pauwels, Dimension Data

"With this distance, anything can happen in a time trial."
- Steven De Jongh, DS Trek-Segafredo










Jul 19, 2017

It's unbelievable, a real crazy stage.

Soaring downhill.
photo: Jered Gruber





A new generation of climbers are here; Warren Barguil and now Primoz Roglic becomes the first Slovenian to win a Tour stage. He only started cycling five years ago, a pretty good timetrailist, a former ski jumper crossing the line solo after an exciting 1st day in the Alps. 



"This is the biggest event in cycling. It's normal that everyone wants to be here but somehow it's a little different and already a big thing that I am here after only five years on my bike. Winning is unbelievable."
- Primoz Roglic








































Rigo going downhill but going uphill... fast!
photo: Jered Gruber















Jul 18, 2017

It was going to happen with the crosswinds

Oliver Naesen was instrumental keeping his leader in the race.



"A good stage for me tomorrow."
- Romain Bardet





































Tomorrow's stage 17 into the high mountains of the Alps will be a dogfight...



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