Tour de France

tourdefWho else is hooked to the TV early in the morning to watch the Tour de France? In case you missed the first three days, you can still catch up .. plenty more exciting stages to come. Unlike Game of Thrones, you can jump in at any stage of the Tour, without having watched the first few series!

This year’s Tour started in iconic Mont-St Michel last Saturday, and will finish at Utah Beach, the site of the D-Day landings during World War II. En route, the Tour will visit three neighboring countries: Spain, Andorra and Switzerland.

The first five days are flat, giving the sprinters plenty of time to strut their stuff before the climbers take over in the mountain stages. After three days, the 26 year old world champion, Peter Sagan, is still wearing the yellow jersey (after winning Stage 2 yesterday) – but today everyone is talking about Mark Cavendish’s photo finish. One minute he appeared to be boxed in and not a contender, and the next he somehow managed to extricate himself from the pack to come from nowhere and outsprint André Greipel in the last few seconds. This marks Cavendish’s 28th Stage win, and is a great coup for his new team, Dimension Data.

Another flat day tomorrow, so expect to see the sprinters excelling. Saumur to Limoges – 237.5km. And then the mountains start, and everything changes ..

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