Bonjour! The first week of the Tour de France is already over and the riders are on their way to the Pyrenees. Although some people call the first week boring, we can all conclude that Marcel Kittel is the fastest guy in the sprints. In the mountains there is nothing decided yet. We saw some nasty crashes, but also some beautiful wins by a few young riders. The photos will tell it all.
Last Saturday it was Lilian Calmejane (DEN) who won the mountain stage in the Alps. He came solo over the finish and at the dinner table he celebrated the win with his teammates. Some of them were even more excited than Calmejane himself.
This is not how Marcel Kittel looks after a sprint stage. This is how he looks after one of the hardest mountain stages in this year’s Tour de France. Sweaty, tired and in need of a good drink. And take a look at his hair too…
Team Cannondale – Drapac ‘hopped’ happy on the flight to the other part of France, because their rider Rigoberto Uran was the winner of Sunday’s stage. It was a close sprint and at first Warren Barguil was pronounced as the winner, but not much later the organisation announced that it was Uran after all.
This does not look as a proper ‘Tour de France’ breakfast. You won’t get over the mountains with a breakfast like this. It is the breakfast of Richie Porte (BMC), who did not wake up in a hotel, but in a hospital. He made a nasty crash on one of the descents and ended up in hospital with a lot of injuries.
A week of full gas on the roads of France and no flat tires. Maurits Lammertink (KAT) got lucky in the first week of the Tour, but when he went out on a bike ride on the rest day, he got a flat tire. At least he has time to fix it himself now.
André ‘the Gorilla’ Greipel (LTS) was tired after the first week in the Tour and he chose to sleep a lot on the first rest day. He is saving energy for the next sprint stages, but it will be hard to beat Marcel Kittel.