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Bonjour! It Is Le Tour In Photos (3)


Bonjour! It is hard to believe that the last week of the Tour de France is already taking place as we speak. Those weeks fly by in no time. By now, the riders are suffering in the Alps, but luckily for them there are only a couple of days left now. And the second rest day did most of the riders good. It is like they are all fresh and new again.

Every day, the riders are sitting in the bus on their way to the start of another stage. It is up to the riders what they do in the bus to entertain themselves. Luke Rowe (SKY) has no problems with that, it turns out that he is an excellent fidget spinner.

On the second rest day the boys of Astana went for a ride together. But they also need to drink, so during the training they stopped for a cup of coffee.

It seems that the boys of Bora-Hansgrohe could not find a café or restaurant for a cup of coffee, so they stopped alongside the road to take a break during their training.
 

The riders from UAE Abu Dhabi did find a little café during their ride, but it seems that most riders here are taking a refreshing drink rather than a cup of coffee. Louis Meintjes seems to be the only one drinking coffee.

Now this is what I call sight-seeing! The boys of Cannondale – Drapac do not care about coffee at all on their rest day, they thought it would be nice to explore the small roads around their hotel. And look where it brought them. So pretty!

Still, after another rest day it was time for the last couple of stages. A few big mountains in the Alps were waiting for the riders. It was hard, but the smile on the face of Brice Feillu (FVC) says it all: the mountains are tough, but awesome. 

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Tour Life (1)


The Tour de France consists out of 21 stages. That is a fact. We, the fans, can all watch the stages on our television,  laptop or smart phone. But the Tour de France is way more than that. It is one of the biggest commercial rollercoasters and the riders are the ones who are taking the ride. So we want to know about them. We can follow their ‘Tour Life’ on social media (Twitter, Instagram) and some of the best photos are shown here. This way, riders let us take a look behind the scenes of the Tour de France. We can enjoy the Tour in another way.

Dan Martin cushions Quickstep floor present

A day before the Tour start, Dan Martin showed us that he was pleased with the gift from his team’s sponsor Quick-Step. This sponsor gave all the nine riders participating in the Tour four different cushions. A yellow one, a green one, a white one and one with polka dots on it. We can all see that Martin’s favorites are the yellow one and the one with the polka dots.

Greg Tejay BMC relaxing after stage 1

And then the race took off. After the first hectic stage, these two boys already needed some ‘relaxation time’. They know that Paris is still a long way to go. Tejay van Garderen still smiles, but Greg van Avermaet definitely needs his shoulder to lean on. Already after stage one, that can’t be good…

Oscar Gatto after first day Sean Yates

Relaxing? Other riders, like Oscar Gatto here, were pretty tired after stage one. Oh boy, we still have 20 stages to go. Or was he just checking his phone? It seems like Gatto has fallen asleep though. One of the staff members of the team took this photo, but he doesn’t know the answer either.

mark renshaw second stage

Smile! Mark Cavendish did not only win stage one, but also took the yellow jersey. This photo was taken just before the start of stage two. Mark Renshaw is quite happy for his leading man, he just can’t take that smile of his face.

Valverde just ride the truck

Hmm… wasn’t this man 3rd in the Tour de France of last year? And now he is a truck driver? Oh no, Alejandro Valverde is participating in this year’s Tour de France. But whenever he is going to quit cycling, we know where to find him. He will probably be driving the truck of Team Movistar.

leigh howard pre post dinner no way

After some time in the truck, it is time for dinner.  And for sure, don’t we all want to know what the riders are eating? Well, Leigh Howard from IAM Cycling is thinking of us and he posts photos of the pre-race and post-race dinner every day! It looks delicious and healthy. Bon appetit!

Tom Dumoulin, that is not a hotel!

Of course the riders are sleeping in hotels. Well, hotel? This thing looks more like a castle to me. Which riders are staying here after stage three and can we call ‘the lucky ones’? Well, one of them is the ‘yawn-man’. Yes, Tom Dumoulin yawned during stage three before a camera and guess what he gets: a big castle.

For the next two and a half weeks 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.

Eight Different Stories

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29 May 2016

Tom Dumoulin from the Netherlands of Team Giant Alpecin celebrates winning the first stage of the Giro d'Italia 2016 at Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 06 May 2016, an individual time trial over 9.8km through Apeldoorn. ANSA/LUCA ZENNARO

10-05-2016 Giro D'italia; Tappa 04 Catanzaro - Praia A Mare; 2016, Etixx - Quick Step; Kittel, Marcel; Catanzaro;

Giro pink Brambilla

Giro pink Jungels

Giro pink Amador

Giro d'Italia 2016. ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Giro d'Italia 2016

Three weeks of cycling. Three weeks of hard work, suffering, joy and pain. Three weeks fighting for pink. Eight different riders wearing the maglia rosa. Eight smiling boys on the podium. Eight different stories.  Only one of them takes the jersey home. It all started in the Netherlands. Tom Dumoulin (TGA), the local boy, made the Dutch people proud by winning the first stage and thus claiming the pink jersey. In the third stage he lost the jersey to his old teammate Marcel Kittel (EQS). Nevertheless, in the fourth stage in Italy he got the jersey back. In stage eight Gianluca Brambilla (EQS) took over the pink jersey, but after two days his teammate Bob Jungels (EQS) showed that he was stronger in the mountains. The young rider from Luxembourg wore the jersey for three days. Then Andrey Amador (MOV) was lucky enough to feel how it is to wear the leaders jersey. Just for one day. The next day he could not follow the best climbers of the peloton, Esteban Chaves and Steven Kruijswijk. Kruijswijk (TLJ) took over the pink jersey. This was in stage fourteen. He gained more time in the next stages and it seemed like nothing could go wrong anymore. Until Friday. A nasty crash made an end to the dream of becoming the first Dutch winner of the Giro d’Italia. Esteban Chaves (OGE) took over the pink jersey and apologized to Kruijswijk with a ‘sorry, mate’. In the last mountain stage Chaves fought to keep  the pink jersey and bring it home to Colombia, but Vincenzo Nibali was very strong during the last couple of days. Chaves could not keep his wheel and had to let him go. And with that he also let go of the pink jersey. Vincenzo Nibali (AST) is the one that takes the pink jersey home with him.

Giro d'Italia 2016

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Wonderful


The Giro d’Italia. It is almost over. After the incredible start in the Netherlands, the magnicifent sprint stages and the amazing stages in the mountains, there are only a few days left. If you are still in denial that the Giro d’Italia is not one of the best races in the world, then change your mind right now. You have not change your mind? Then I will present you ten photos that were taken in this year’s Giro to show you why the Giro d’Italia is such a good  and wonderful race.

Giro Tom GiroGelderland
© Giro Gelderland

1. The start in the Netherlands. What a start was that! The weather was nice, the people were kind, the riders were happy. Lots and lots of people aside the roads. Beat that, Tour de France! And Holland got what it wanted: Tom Dumoulin won the first stage in Apeldoorn and got to wear the pink jersey. As you can see for yourself, he and his team Giant-Alpecin were happy with it too.

Giro bus OGE Brian Nygaard
© Orica GreenEDGE

2. Bus drama. Oh no, Orica – GreenEDGE again! They probably thought that it was also allowed in the Giro d’Italia. Stuck under the finish line in the Tour de France, stuck under the finish line in the Giro d’Italia. In Australia they would say: ‘it happens, mate.’

Giro Zoidl Trek Segafredo
© Trek – Segafredo

3. New bus drivers. Riccardo Zoidl already has a job when he decides to quit cycling. He will become the new bus driver. Well, my point is that there is plenty of time to joke around in the Giro d’Italia.

Giro Rojas
© José Joaquin Rojas

4. Bed scenes. Sleep tight! Or otherwise together? The boys from Team Movistar thought that it was a good idea to sleep in one bed. It seems that it is the bed of Andrey Amador and it looks like the other boys crashed into his bed. Bed scenes also let us discover what the riders are wearing when they are sleeping. Purple pants? Lovely.

Giro BBQ Lotto Soudal
© Team Lotto – Soudal

5.  Rest days. Lots and lots of photos on the rest days of this Giro. And this year we have three of them. Photos of riders on their bike, photos of riders on the massage table (why?) and photos with kids and dogs. Team Lotto-Soudal thought on the third rest day that it was time for a barbeque. And why not. If the meat is there and the mood is good, bring out the food!

Giro Lupo Wolfie Team Sky
© Team Sky

6. Lupo Wolfie. A mascotte in a Grand Tour? That is new. But Lupo Wolfie has managed to get into the hearts of the fans of the Giro d’Italia. And the riders like him too. In fact, who does not love Lupo Wolfie?

Giro Sacha Modolo
© Valentina Saccon

7. Weird faces. Sacha Modolo. Do I need to say more? This can only happen in the Giro d’Italia. Riders are relaxed and almost always in a good or goofy mood.

Giro Sam Bewley
© Sam Bewley

8. Every number counts. The Italian people cheer for every rider in the peloton. They don’t care if you are in second place or in the 138th position. So Sam, don’t be jealous. The press will come to you… in a minute. Or ten.

Giro Simon Clarke
© Simon Clarke

9. The view. Old Italian village. Mountains. Blue sky. Do I need to repeat myself?

Giro Bob TDW sport
© Tim de Waele

10. The podium. It is classic. The riders have to walk through a wall that opens up and then they have to stand on a little podium. It is all glitter and glamour, there is champagne, there are red lip marks on the cheeks of the riders. It is fun to watch, so dear Giro, do not change this protocol.

Ten good reasons why the Giro d’Italia is a great race.

Photos Ronde van Overijssel 2016

Ronde van Overijssel 2016 / 14 May / Rijssen

The day of the 64th edition of the Ronde van Overijssel started with the traditional team presentation. This year it was a very special, emotional presentation, because of the recent and sudden death of Cyclingteam Jo Piels rider Gijs Verdick. He was only 21 years old and to honour him, his teammates and former teammates form Sensa – Kanjers voor Kanjers CT wore a mourning-band with his name on it. Gijs’ parents and sisters were present at the start and there was an impressive minute of silence before the riders started their race at 12 o’clock and had to ride 200 kilometres through Overijssel. At the end, the riders crossed the finish two times before their final lap through Rijssen.

Quite a few riders tried to stay away during the race, but Gert-Jan Bosman (CJP), Wouter Mol (RIJ), Taco van der Hoorn (RIJ), Maarten van Trijp (MET) and Cees Bol (RDT) were able to reach the local circuit in Rijssen. However, they could not make it until the end. It was the Lithuanian sprinter Aidis Kruopis, who has been a rider for Orice-GreenEDGE at the WorldTour level for three years and now rides for the Verandas Willems Cycling Team, who won the sprint.

In Bornerbroek, this year’s town of the Ronde, Jelle Wolsink (CJP) won the sprint and at the end of the race, the jury also decided that he was the most combative rider of the day. It was very special for Cyclingteam Jo Piels that one of its riders ended up on the podium, because they were riding for Gijs Verdick and with Gijs on their minds the whole day. To win a prize is a beautiful tribute.

Joeri Stallaert (CIB) became second and Timothy Stevens (CRV) was the third rider who crossed the finish line in Rijssen. Both riders come from Belgium and with the Lithuanian rider Aidis Kruopis (WIL) as winner, the podium in Holland was completely foreign. This actually was a historical moment, because in the past there was at least always one Dutch rider who ended up on the podium of the race through the east of the Dutch country.

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Photos Giro d’Italia #3

Giro d’Italia 2016 / 8 May / Stage 3 – Nijmegen-Arnhem

On Sunday, it was time for the third and final stage of 190 kilometres in the Giro d’Italia through Gelderland, the region in the east of The Netherlands. On Monday, the riders had a rest day and they flew to Italy to continue the race over there. Luckily, Chad Haga (TGA) was ready in time for the Giro. He was involved in a crash with some of his teammates from Giant-Alpecin earlier this year. Warren Barguil (TGA) about the accident with the car that crashed into the group of riders: “We all could have died.” Chad Haga and John Degenkolb were the most affected riders. Luckily they are all back on the bike again.

This time around, the riders went to the Achterhoek, where the Ride On! team grew up. After the start, the team drove back there and watched the riders pass by in the community where they spent their childhood. There was a head bunch and Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) was in it – again. The Dutch rider from Arnhem was determined to end up on the podium in his hometown. And he made it, because he got to wear the blue jersey at the end of the day. The head bunch did not make it though; Johann van Zyl (DDD), Julen Amezqueta (STH) and Giacomo Berlato (NIP) reached a maximum of eight seconds, but within the final kilometres, even Van Zyl, who tried it on his own, could not stay away any longer.


After two days in pink, Tom Dumoulin (TGA) already had the feeling that he was going to lose his Maglia Rosa. Unfortunately for him, he was right: the third stage ended in a sprint once again in the streets of Arnhem and Marcel Kittel (EQS) was unstoppable. He crossed the line before Elia Viviani (SKY) and Giacomo Nizzolo (TFS) and gained 10 bonus seconds. So he ended up on the podium with the famous Maglia Rosa at the end of the day.

Tom Dumoulin (TGA) became second in the GC and Andrey Amador (MOV) third. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA), who is still fourth in the GC, also could wear the white jersey for best young rider again. Marcel Kittel (EQS) got to keep the red jersey, Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) received the blue jersey together with his kids on stage and was also the most combative rider. Giant-Alpecin is still the best team.

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