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Tour Life (4)

The Tour de France is done and dusted. Chris Froome is the winner of the Tour de France. That is just one story. There were 197 other stories in the Tour de France. We can’t hear them all, but through social media we see a little bit of the life of the riders in the Tour de France. So here is one more update.

4 Swimming pool

John Degenkolb and Roy Curvers from Team Giant-Alpecin had plenty of time on the day of the second time trial.  They had an early start and spent the rest of the afternoon in the swimming pool. That is one way to recover.

4 Bryan Coquard last mountain

Bryan Coquard and Adrien Petit (DEN) were happy, because there was only one mountain stage to go. And after that there was the last day to Paris. But, lucky for them, there are no mountains in Paris.

4 Davide Cimolai three weeks doing this

Davide Cimolai from Lampre-Merida putting his numbers on his shirt for the last mountain stage. One of the rituals in the team bus every morning.

4 Michael Schar Damiano Caruso warm up

There are two different ways to do a warming up before a mountain stage. You can either climb on your bike like Michael Schär did, or you can just sit down and relax. That is exactly what Damiano Caruso did and I don’t blame him.

4 Ramunas Navardauskas barber

Yes, you can get your hair done in the Tour de France. There is a real barbershop where the riders can go before every stage. Ramunas Navardauskas (CPT) thought that it was a great idea to go there. Because you have to look good in the mountains.

Nelson Oliviera Movistar barbershop stage 6

See, no joke! Even Nelson Oliveira from Movistar went there. And doesn’t he look nice? With all the beards and long hair in the peloton these days, it was not a bad idea to open up a barbershop for the riders.

4 chris froome little guy

Still, there is no place like home. After three weeks of cycling around France most of the riders want to go home to their families and friends (vacation is number three on the list). This little fellow can’t wait to see his dad again. His dad? That guy on the podium wearing the yellow jersey. Indeed, Chris Froome.

4 Armindo Fonseca

Finally, a real teamselfie! These guys started the Tour de France with nine riders and they end it with nine riders. That is quite impressive. Team Fortuneo – Vital Concept goes home with no victory, but they sure had a good time.


Tour Life (2)

The first part of the Tour de France is done and dusted. We saw Mark Cavendish take three stages, a well deserved win for Greg van Avermaet and Chris Froome already won a stage and is wearing the yellow jersey right now. Behind the scenes a lot more happened in the lives of the riders in the Tour de France.

Inside the Lampre bus
Life in the Tour seems easy. You have breakfast, you walk to the bus, you sit down and put your legs up and off you go. Until the bus stops. That means one thing: get up and get on that bike for another four hours of cycling!

Kittel after stage 7 I mean Just No

It is a cow and… Marcel Kittel? Same sunglasses, different haircut? The presents they get on stage these days… In the Giro all the winners got this weird green thing, in the Tour they give away little fluffy cows. Kittel sure is a fan of this cow.

Greg why I mean... No

From a cow we go to the yellow lion! We all know that Greg van Avermaet was so proud to ride in yellow, but he never told us that he was also proud of the lion he got. And then he dressed him up like a rider. The things the riders do when they have nothing to do in the bus.

Mathias Frank swimming pool I know too much

After a stage in the mountains, riders want to cool down. Some riders choose to do this on the bike, others just climb in a cold bath in the team car right after they have finished. The riders from IAM Cycling have the privilege of taking their own cold baths in one of the team cars. Mathias Frank is quite enjoying his view here.

Tour de Theuns. Wow. July six

And when you can’t have a bath just after the finish, you just take one at the hotel. Edward Theuns from Trek-Segafredo thought that he could use a bath after a long stage in the mountains. He has the whole swimming pool for himself. I guess Fabian Cancellara was too tired to jump in with him.

Emanol Erviti one week cycling

This is the result of one week in the Tour de France. Imanol Erviti from Team Movistar shows his right leg. It was quite a sunny week!

Kreuziger restday

And then there was that first rest day. Finally, not a ride of more than 150 kilometers. Team Tinkoff did an easy ride and ended it with a nice cup of coffee.

Sinkeldam rest day I mean what

The riders from Team Giant-Alpecin did exactly the same. Just remember, if you take a photo of these guys, this is what you get (except for John Degenkolb, always a gentleman).

There will be more ‘Tour Life’ updates here, because we don’t want to miss out on the life of the riders in the Tour de France.

South Africa’s New Hope

24 June 2016

Louis Meintjes. He was born on the 21st of February, 1992. He grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. Meintjes started to race at the age of sixteen. It was hard for him as a junior rider. There is not a clear pathway in South Africa for becoming a professional. He was lucky enough to get the opportunity to sign at a team in the year 2012. The Lotto-Belisol under 23 team saw potential in him and so they made him an offer to come and join the team. Due to visa issues he was not able to race a full programme, so he only raced for three months in that year. In 2013, he signed for the South African team MTN-Qhubeka. With the signing, the visa issues disappeared too, because that team arranged a visa card for the whole season. In the three years that he has raced there, Meintjes raced a lot of races. Last year the team even got a wildcard for the Tour de France, but unfortunately Meintjes could not finish the race, because he fell ill in the last week. In 2014 Meintjes already stated that he has big dreams. He does not only want to win stages one day, he wants to win one of the big classics. He came close last year, in the classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He became eleventh, a big achievement for such a young rider. After the disappointment of the Tour, Meintjes started in the Vuelta and he became 10th in the general classification. He could keep up quite long with the favorites in the mountains and after some talking with his team managers, he decided to go for a good place in the general classification, which led him to place ten. It was quite a shock for the MTN-Qhubeka team when Meintjes announced that he would leave the team to join the Italian Lampre-Merida. They had set out a plan for Meintjes for the upcoming years and yet they could throw all those plans out of the window. According to Meintjes it gave him more opportunities and he could learn more from an experienced team. Lampre-Merida has given him space to grow this year and he will start again in the Tour de France. Hopefully he will make it to the finish this year and maybe he will do some great things on the bike in the Tour de France. Louis Meintjes. He is on his way to become South Africa’s new hope.

Louis Meintjes
© Bettini


Coffee Ride

12 January 2016

It’s January and the internet is full of photos of cyclists. Some of the riders are already in Australia to prepare themselves for their first race of the season, the Tour Down Under. The weather over there seems to be changing every day, according to some of the riders. One day it is sunny and warm, the other day it is raining and cold. The Astana Pro Team and Team Lampre-Merida are two teams that are already training in Adelaide.

 © Astana Pro Team

lampre training hard
© Team Lampre-Merida

These teams are used to the weather conditions already, while the guys from Team LottoNL-Jumbo were still on their way to Australia. They seem to enjoy themselves on the plane though. They are travelling together, because of the extremely long travel time by plane to the other end of the world.

Tjallingi endless australia
© Maarten Tjallingi

Most of the other teams are training together in the south of Europe. Majorca and Calpe are favorites this year. The temperature is not too high, the roads are good there and most riders don’t have to travel too far to get there.

alejandro valverde training camp
© Alejandro Valverde

Oh yes, they sure know how to smile. The riders from Team Movistar know how to pose nicely in front of a camera. Meanwhile, the riders from Team Giant-Alpecin act on a whole different level when they see a camera. Nico Waeytens made a selfie with his teammates during a training. He is new in the team, so he will have to get used to photos like the one below. Judge for yourself.

giant alpecin nico waeytens rest day
© Nico Waeytens

The Cannondale Pro Cycling Team is on training camp too. But training camps include rest days as well, so the riders went out for a ‘coffee ride’. I dare to say that more time was spent sitting outside that coffee shop than riding on the road.

Cannondale coffee ride Sebas L
© Sebastian Langeveld

Team Sky is training on Majorca. Most of them wear the blue kit, but Wout Poels has to be the exception again. Michal Kwiatkowski calls him the black sheep of the team and says that there is one ‘in every herd’.

kwiatkowski black sheep
© Michal Kwiatkowski

Okay, after seeing the photo below, we will all know that Calpe is full of riders. Sometimes they bump into each other. Four riders from Zalf Euromobil Fior under 23 Cycling Team met Bernhard Eisel (Team Dimension Data), Valerio Conti and Simone Petilli (Team Lampre-Merida) during a training. Time for a selfie! Training camps. I guess it’s a good thing that they were invented.

From left to right: Pietro Andreoletti (ZEF), Valerio Conti (LAM) , Bernhard Eisel (DDD), Nicola Bagioli (ZEF), Michael Bresciani (ZEF), Simone Petilli (LAM) and Franceso Rosa (ZEF) / © Pietro Andreoletti

Training Camps

19 January 2013

Finally, it’s January.
When Christmas is over and all the new year celebrations are done,
riders start to prepare themselves again for the upcoming season.
They start to leave their families and friends again
and head out to sunny places in Spain, Argentina or Australia.
Luckily they are sharing photos with us on Twitter,
so that we can follow exactly what they are doing.
We expect to see photos like these four below.
They were posted by the riders Robinson Chalapud (COL), Johnny
Hoogerland (VCD), Mark Cavendish (OPQ) and Marco Pinotti (BMC).

Riders riding on the road, taking a break or stretching on the ground.
These are some of the normal activities for professional riders.
Some of the team training camps already took place in December.
Lotto-Belisol, for example, had one about a month ago.
When you look at the photos Adam Hansen posted on Twitter,
you would think that these training camps are very, very tough.
On the 9th day, Adam Hansen posted this photo on Twitter:

 It shows that training camps are not just hard work,
but also a good time to get to know your teammates,
have a laugh and make funny photos like this one.
And of course: after a hard day of training
there’s always time for some relaxation.
I would love to drink a coffee with the boys
of Team Saxo-Tinkoff or with Francis the Greef (LTB).
But most of all, I would like to stand next to the guys
of Lampre-Merida and enjoy the beautiful view.
I can’t wait for the season to begin!