In 1954, Federico Bahamontes came to his first Tour de France. He was excited and all he wanted was to attack in the mountains. This was not without a reason. He showed in his first Tour de France that he was the best climber of the peloton. As soon as the riders started to climb, Bahamontes placed an attack and was gone. You would think that this would lead to a lot of stage wins, but that did not happen. Bahamontes was scared of the descents and would usually wait for the other riders as soon as he arrived on the top of a mountain. The Galibier was one of the last mountains to be climbed in this Tour de France. Bahamontes passed the top as the first rider, but waited. As always. Still, he had proven that he was the best climber and went home with the polka dot jersey.
How different it was ten years later. In the year 1964, Bahamontes was one of the most experienced riders in the peloton. In the ten years as a professional rider he had learned to descent, to think before he attacked and to take a chance whenever possible. He won multiple Tour stages and won the general classification in 1959 and became the first Spaniard to win the Tour de France. Still, he was in love with the mountains and was always pleased to ride in the Pyrenees. Nevertheless, on of his most impressive wins was in the Alps.
It was on the 29th of June, stage eight. Bahamontes placed an attack on the Col du Télégraphe. There were no other riders in his wheel. He was eager to win the mountain classification for the sixth time in his career and although he knew that there were young talents in the peloton (Simpson, Janssen, Altig, Poulidor), he also knew that he still had the legs to beat them. But he wasn’t completely sure of himself, so he went up the Col du Galibier really fast and on the top he had a difference of more than three minutes on the following group. He was safe and, unlike ten years before, he did not wait and went solo to the finish in Briançon. It is one of the great wins of Bahamontes. He won another stage in the Pyrenees and became first in the mountain classification. He took the polka dot jersey home for the sixth and last time. That record still stands until today.
The Tour the France of 2016 in ten songs? It is a challenge, but these ten songs are in some kind of way related to the Tour of this year.
Remember the first stage? Three weeks before today, the race was on. Or in other words: “the boys were back in town”. [By: Thin Lizzy]
Let the sprinting begin. “Hey ho, let’s go!”, Mark Cavendish must have thought. He took four sprint stages in this year’s Tour de France. [By: The Ramones]
And then we went off to the mountains. Finally, some mountains! Really, we could not wait? It almost drove us crazy… [By: Britney Spears]
The first attack in the mountains came from Froome. Because he felt good. And if you are feeling good, well, you just have to attack. So good… [By: James Brown]
Rain? There was quite some rain in this Tour de France. Are you kidding me? There was more rain than ever. Some riders did not seem to be bothered though. Riders like Tom Dumoulin, for example. Let the rain just fall down. [By: Kane]
And suddenly there was a crash. Froome without a bike! Running to the finish. There’s only one song that fits that scene. [By: Kate Bush]
There are no words for what happened in Nice. There was a minute of silence for all people involved. A minute of complete silence. [By: Simon & Garfunkel]
And the boy became a man! Three stage wins and the green jersey for Tarzan, I mean, Peter Sagan. What a legend. [By: Phil Collins]
The French people thought it would never happen, but it did! Romain Bardet won a stage and becomes second in this year’s Tour de France. Here comes the sun after all. [By: The Beatles]
This man is the winner though. It is all yellow for Chris Froome. Again. For three years in a row now. [By: Coldplay]
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Tagged Chris Froome, Cycling, Lyrics, Mark Cavendish, Mountains, Music, Nice, Peter Sagan, Rain, Romain Bardet, Running, Song, Songs, Team Sky, Tom Dumoulin, Tour, Tour de France
4 WALLPAPERS – Giro d’Italia 2016
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Tagged Cycling, Desktop, Giro, Giro d'Italia, Giro Gelderland, Italy, Mountains, Nature, Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, Wallpaper
21 June 2016
This week you are training for your biggest goal of the year. It is nothing less than the Tour de France. Right now you are somewhere in the mountains. Alone. In a few weeks you will be in the mountains again. But then you will not be alone.
You belong to a generation that has to beat Froome. We all know that this is almost impossible. You cannot have one bad day in the mountains, your time trial has to be magnificent and you cannot lose any time in the first stressful week. Do you really want to put yourself through all this trouble?
What is your goal this year, Bauke? Top five? After place six in 2013, place ten in 2014 and place seven last year my guess is that you will aim for a place in the top five this year. Let go of that dream. Even if you do make the top five, not many people will remember it. What will they remember? A stage win? The mountain jersey? Other goals, still goals to look forward to. I mean, you would be proud of a heroic win in one of the mountain stages, right? I think stage eight is just the stage for you. Deep in the mountains, in the Pyrenees, leading you over the Tourmalet and the Col de Peyresoude. That is your stage. Mark it somewhere, in your agenda or your smart phone. In your head. Saturday the 9th of July.
It is just an offer. Think about it when you are training in the mountains. And know that you will be in the mountains again in a few weeks. Alone or not alone, that is up to you.
© Bauke Mollema (@BaukeMollema)
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Tagged Bauke Mollema, Chris Froome, Cycling, Mountains, Pyrenees, Stage Victory, Stage Win, Tour de France, Tourmalet, Training, Trek - Segafredo
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