Tag Archives: Koen de Kort

Bonjour! It Is Le Tour In Photos (1)

Bonjour! Here we are again, another year gone. The Tour de France has just begun and the riders entered France today. The race started in Germany, where thousands of people came out and cheered for the riders. Last Thursday, the riders were presented and on that day the biggest circus of the whole cycling year officially began. Three weeks Le Tour de France. Three weeks in photos.


These are the riders from Team Movistar. They are ready for another Tour de France. But first they have to present themselves to the German crowd. Hola!


Bauke Mollema from Team Trek – Segafredo tried to make a selfie with his team just before the team presentation, but it was teammate Koen ‘rockstar’ de Kort who stole the show in this picture.


While waiting for the team presentation Esteban Chaves from Orica-Scott thought about some new goals to achieve in this year’s Tour de France. Although no one is really expecting that he will make that goal…


The riders of Cofidis are ready for another Tour de France. The team received a wildcard again and with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni they hope for a win in one of the sprint stages.


Roy Curvers from Team Sunweb just before the team presentation. There is no way back now. Three weeks of sprints, rain, crashes, bad days, climbs and hopefully some good days for his team.


Meet the oldies of the Tour de France.  Daryl Impey (on the left) is ‘just’ 32, but Mathew Hayman is one of the oldest riders participating in the Tour the France this year. He is 39 and with all his experience he will be of good help for the young boys in his team Orica-Scott.


Michal Kwiatkowski thinks he can beat his teammate Chris Froome. He will be faster in the sprints, but I am not so sure about the climbs. He will definitely not beat him there.


Simon Yates has some news for us. He thinks that he can run faster than Chris Froome. Who does not remember the running of Froome in the Tour of last year? Lets all hope that none of the riders has to run on the climbs, because that was one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Tour de France.


Before the race starts, every rider gets his own number. Simon Clarke from Cannondale – Drapac is showing his numbers and seems pleased with it.


The race took off on the first of July. The Tour started with a time trial around Düsseldorf. It is the first Tour de France for Thomas Boudat. He is only 23 years old, but the team management of Direct Energie decided to let him start the biggest race of the season. He is very talented and also very excited.


This is another great story. Taylor Phinney crashed hard in the year 2014, recovered and is now riding his first Tour de France. With already a great time trial (12th place) on the first day, he went in the breakaway in the second stage and scored enough points for the polkadot jersey.


He took too many risks, Alejandro Valverde. The time trial was ridden in the rain and the roads were wet. In a corner he crashed hard and in a split second the Tour de France was over and out. No podium chances for Valverde this year and a long recovery ahead. At least he can still smile in his hospital bed.


The team Wanty-Groupe Gobert also received a wildcard for this year’s Tour de France. After the third stage they were the best overall team. They were all happy with the cute cows and were glad that these cuddle toys are present again this year.

The Race To The… Snow?

It is the first week of March. The pre-races are done, it is now time for some real hard work. In a one week stage race that really matters. It is Paris-Nice. For some reason people call this race ‘the race to the sun’. We presume that the weather in Nice is always nice and sunny. Maybe we should think twice about that now after what happened in today’s stage in Paris-Nice. The third stage to Mont Brouilly got cancelled because of snowy weather. That is right. The race jury and the organizers decided to cancel the stage, after first neutralizing the stage and trying to re-start with 40 kilometres to go. The snow was falling heavily though and it was becoming too dangerous for the riders to continue. The roads became slippery and the safety was no longer guaranteed. After the riders found out that the stage was cancelled, they got off their bikes immediately and searched for their team cars where it was nice and warm. Most riders are satisfied with the decision made by the jury and the organizers, as many of them stated on Twitter. Alberto Contador thought that it was the right decision to make, although Geraint Thomas wondered why the organizers did not have a plan B. He stated that they could have taken another road to get to the finish. Some riders just want to finish a stage, no matter what. Still, if we take a look at the photos, we will all understand why today got cancelled. Snow is beautiful, but riding in the snow is one hell of a job in the race to the sun.


It was warm in the team cars / © Aike Visbeek (Team Giant-Alpecin)


It was cold and slippery on the bike / © Team Giant-Alpecin


Soigneurs were waiting for riders in the feed zone / © Cannondale Pro Team


The race got cancelled, so the riders from Fortuneo – Vital Concept were happy to get in the car / © Fortuneo – Vital Concept


The riders from Team Giant-Alpecin put the heater on full blast in their car. According to Koen de Kort they were freezing / © Koen de Kort


And what did Louis Meintjes do back in the hotel?
Let his shoes and clothes dry very quickly / © Louis Meintjes