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Bonjour! It Is Le Tour In Photos (2)

Bonjour! The first week of the Tour de France is already over and the riders are on their way to the Pyrenees. Although some people call the first week boring, we can all conclude that Marcel Kittel is the fastest guy in the sprints. In the mountains there is nothing decided yet. We saw some nasty crashes, but also some beautiful wins by a few young riders. The photos will tell it all.

Last Saturday it was Lilian Calmejane (DEN) who won the mountain stage in the Alps. He came solo over the finish and at the dinner table he celebrated the win with his teammates. Some of them were even more excited than Calmejane himself.

This is not how Marcel Kittel looks after a sprint stage. This is how he looks after one of the hardest mountain stages in this year’s Tour de France. Sweaty, tired and in need of a good drink. And take a look at his hair too…

Team Cannondale – Drapac ‘hopped’ happy on the flight to the other part of France, because their rider Rigoberto Uran was the winner of Sunday’s stage. It was a close sprint and at first Warren Barguil was pronounced as the winner, but not much later the organisation announced that it was Uran after all.

This does not look as a proper ‘Tour de France’ breakfast. You won’t get over the mountains with a breakfast like this. It is the breakfast of Richie Porte (BMC), who did not wake up in a hotel, but in a hospital. He made a nasty crash on one of the descents and ended up in hospital with a lot of injuries.

A week of full gas on the roads of France and no flat tires. Maurits Lammertink (KAT) got lucky  in the first week of the Tour, but when he went out on a bike ride on the rest day, he got a flat tire. At least he has time to fix it himself now.

André ‘the Gorilla’ Greipel (LTS) was tired after the first week in the Tour and he chose to sleep a lot on the first rest day. He is saving energy for the next sprint stages, but it will be hard to beat Marcel Kittel.


Go Gorilla

♫ André Greipel – Go Gorilla 

“Go Gorilla, rock your tool
You are the champion for us toujours
Go Gorilla, you are strong
And in the end you’ll be the number one”

Germany | YouTube – Sebastian Paddags | Tour de France 2017

Dear Marcel

29 June 2016

Dear Marcel,

Does it feel good to start in the Tour de France? I can imagine you missed it since you were left out of the selection last year. But let us not talk about that. Last year is finished and done. You have started with a clean sheet. A new team, a new chance. Will you be able to win four stages again? You did that in 2013 ánd 2014. Quite impressive, I must say. And you also know that the yellow jersey is in your reach again this year. The Tour de France does not start with a prologue or a time trial. The first stage is a flat stage to Utah Beach. And it is just the stage for you.

There is one obstacle. His name is André Greipel. You might be in a good form, but so is he. And it is Greipel that is wearing the national jersey of Germany and not you. You lost the sprint last Sunday in Germany. Still, André Greipel knows that the Tour is way different from a one-day race. You could take revenge for losing the nationals on the very first day of the Tour.

Wait, there is another obstacle. His name is Michael Matthews. Yeah, it is the curly one from Australia. He is fast, you know that. His train is absolutely one of the best trains and their goal is to win the first stage and take the yellow jersey.

But apart from those two, I would say the others do not stand one chance. I have seen you sprint in the Giro d’Italia and that was absolutely stunning. You know that another stage win in the Tour is two steps away. Step one is Matthews and step two is Greipel. I cannot wait for the sprints in this year’s Tour de France.