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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.


Tour Life (3)

We enter the last couple of days in the Tour de France. It did fly by. We can call Peter Sagan the king of the Tour already, with his three stage wins and his twinkling eyes. And will he or will he not? Will Chris Froome win another Tour de France? Or is that little Colombian guy up to something? Or maybe Mollema? That is future talk, but a lot happened in the lives of the riders in the second week of the Tour de France. Here is an update from all the past events.

Hotel view Meintjes

You wake up, you look out of your window and you see… this? Louis Meintjes saw it when he looked out of his window in his hotel room.

Team Direct Energie breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Take a look at the riders from Team Direct Energie eating their breakfast before the hard stage to the Mont Ventoux. Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel can even smile, although some of the other riders can’t. Probably afraid of the upcoming stage…

Team Cofidis ontbijt muhaha

Then again, you haven’t seen the breakfast table of Team Cofidis. Oh my… if you can eat all that, for sure you can climb up a mountain!

Albert Timmer Barguil curtains what

And after a long day out there on the bike, riders want to sleep. So, what do you do with matresses you don’t need? Albert Timmer and Warren Barguil of Team Giant-Alpecin knew what to do with them. They used them as curtains. I think they slept like a baby that night.

Tony easy ride

Hello, I’m Tony. I have been in the breakaway all day long and look at me. I am not in pain, I feel fine. You know what, shall we do this again? What do you say, Julian? Julian?

Alessandro Tegner Julian haha

Answer of Julian Alaphilippe seems clear to me. That is definitely a ‘no’.

Mathew Hayman oh my

Mathew Hayman decided to shave his hair on the final rest day. Just to look fancy in the last days of the Tour de France. But the man who will do the shaving is Dan Jones (the man behind all the backstage passes). So if we’ll spot Hayman in the next few days without any hair, we know who is responsible for that.

Markus Burghardt what a view

Marcus Burghardt says thanks to the organisation for putting the BMC Racing Team in such a nice hotel with such a nice view. I wouldn’t complain either.

Maciej Bodnar rest day

Coffee stop for the Tinkoff boys on the rest day! Lovely.

There will be one more ‘Tour Life’ update here on the Ride On! blog, because we don’t want to miss out on the life of the riders in the Tour de France.

Creations #18

8 WALLPAPERSSpring Classics 2016

Wallpaper Milano Sanremo Wallpaper Milano Sanremo 2016
Wallpaper Tour of Flanders 2016  Wallpaper Bos van Wallers
Wallpaper Paris Roubaix 2016  Wallpaper The Hell of Roubaix
Wallpaper Amstel Gold Race 2016  Wallpaper Liege 2016

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Photos Brabantse Pijl 2016

Brabantse Pijl / 13 April / Leuven-Overijse

The 56th edition of the Brabantse Pijl started in the centre of Leuven, a city in Belgium. It is the final race of the Flemish Spring and the final ‘Flanders classic’. After this race, the Ardennes classics will take place. Michael Matthews (OGE) was one of the favorites for the win, after he became second in 2014 and 2015. Mathew Hayman (OGE) started also in this edition. The winner of Paris-Roubaix was riding around with a big smile in Leuven. Many spectators were shouting his name, tapping him on his shoulders or giving him an applause.

Preben Van Hecke (TSV) surprisingly became the national champion on the road in Belgium last year. He is currently riding for TopSport Vlaanderen – Baloise, a team with young Belgium talents. Although Van Hecke is already 33, he is the road captain of the team. Because of all the experience he has gained over the years, he is an example for his younger teammates.

Tom Dumoulin (TGA) started in the Brabantse Pijl to test his legs after a lot of training hours on his bike. He said before the race that he does not feel as good yet as he felt in last year’s Vuelta. He placed one attack during the Brabantse Pijl, but he could not follow the other riders on the last climb of the race. He became 22nd on 39 seconds and stated afterwards that he was happy with this result.

Petr Vakoc (EQS) won the Brabantse Pijl for the first time in his career. With an impressive jump on the last climb he got away from the peloton and crossed the finish line solo. Enrico Gasparotto (WGG) became second, after he placed several attacks during the race. Tony Gallopin (LTS) became third, just like in 2014.


Hayman, The Legend


10 April 2016

It is his favorite race. It is by far his favorite race of the year. In the peloton everybody knows that Mathew Hayman lives for only one race: Paris – Roubaix.
He is in his 17th year of his career and he finished Paris – Roubaix 15 times. One time he finished out of the time limit. But he did finish the race. Because that is what you do. It is out of respect to one of the most beautiful Spring classics.

Since 2000, Hayman is a professional cyclist. In each Paris – Roubaix he participated in, he was mentioned by commentators, people aside the roads and the fans in front of the television. His way to ride in ‘the hell’ was to attack. Sometimes he had some bad luck. A crash, a flat tire, a mechanical problem. Still, he never gave up. He fought for his position until the end of the race. Nevertheless, he was never the leading man in Paris – Roubaix for a team. There was always someone else in the team that was supposed to be ‘the one to look after’. He accepted his role in all those years with gratitude. It made him a loving character in the teams and in the peloton. He was there to help out his teammates, making them comfortable. He brought them back to the front, kept them out of the wind, gave them his last bottle of water. One time he got real close. That was in 2011. He became 8th. He never came as close as this again.

Mathew Hayman Results Paris – Roubaix 2000 – 2015
2000: 65 2001: 49 2002: OTL 2003: 26
2004: – 2005: 78 2006: 23 2007: –
2008: 113 2009: 20 2010: 24 2011: 8
2012: 10 2013: 52 2014: 41 2015: 76

The 10th of April, 2016 changed his life. He will never forget this day. One break away. One chance. One sprint. In Paris – Roubaix there are no second chances. There are favorites for the win, but an outsider has just as much luck. The moment Hayman survived Mons-en-Pévèle, he knew he was in the final. With nine others he went on to the big test: the Carrefour de l’Arbre. On this cobbled road he could stay with Boonen, Vanmarcke, Stannard and Boasson Hagen. They were the five strongest riders of the day. All five were tired. Attack after attack was placed in the final five kilometres by each one of them. Then Hayman took off. Boonen got in his wheel, but it took some time. Together they were riding to the Velodrome of Roubaix. On the course, Vanmarcke and Stannard chased them down. A spectacular sprint followed. Stannard did not have the power anymore, Boonen gave it all, but could not get past Hayman. Hayman won. He threw his arms up. He screamed. He turned his head around. Was he really the best rider in Paris – Roubaix? Did he just beat the Belgium hero Tom Boonen? He got off his bike. He was walking up and down on the grass. He could not believe that he just won his all-time favorite race. He, Mathew, a normal bloke from Australia. Staff from his team were telling him again and again that it was really true. He covered his eyes with his hands. It was true. He was the winner of Paris – Roubaix 2016. He smiled. He gave Tom Boonen a hug, he gave his teammates a hug. It was unbelievable, but true. Hayman, the hero. Hayman, the legend.

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