Race Report: The fight for the jerseys are over at the Tour de France but there was one last battle today that remained - victory on the famous Champs Elysees.
Race Report: Today was “Last Chance Saloon” for the top riders to change thing in the GC and that’s exactly how it panned out. Alberto Contador had a bad day and dropped off the Tour podium. Young Nairo Quintana won the stage and will have tears in the eyes of his family back in Cóbita for his second place overall.
Roadside St.19: There was once a British radio comedy show called ‘ITMA’ - 'It's That Man Again.' Today, Movistar's Portuguese star, Rui Alberto Costa filled the roll. In a carbon copy of his Stage 16 win into Gap, he went in the big break then attacked on the final col, topped it 'en seule' bombed the descent and won solo in the grand manner.
Race Report St.19: It’s an absolute beast of a day at the Tour de France. Right from the flag it’s up, up, up with the Col du Glandon an immediate leg-snapper. Next is the Col de la Madeleine making it consecutive Hors Categorie climbs - and that takes us just to halfway! Will we see ceasefire or firestorm today?
On the second rest day at the Tour de France in between the fresh mussels, lovely wines and good company at the Vacansoleil media party Ed Hood got down to work interviewing two of the stars of the team. One a confirmed classics star and veteran of 10 Tours and one a star on the rise and a Tour debutant. Juan Antonio Flecha & Danny Van Poppel.
Race Report: The French have not had a good Tour so far, but if you are going to win a stage it might as well be the one that crosses the Alpe d’Huez twice and become the hero of France. Meanwhile behind Christophe Riblon who was fighting for the stage win a hard battle amongst the GC riders saw yet another change in the overall with riders falling by the wayside.