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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.

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.

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Giro d’Italia 2016 / 6 May / Stage 1 – ITT Apeldoorn

The Giro d’Italia started in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands this year with an individual time trial of 9,8 kilometres. It was a very sunny day and about 75.000 cycling fans came to the time trial to cheer on their favourite riders. Simon Clarke will ride his first Giro for his new team, Cannondale.

A lot of the riders listen to their favourite music during their warm up. This includes Riccardo Stacchiotti from Nippo – Vini Fantini.

Vincenzo Nibali (AST) is the winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2013. His biggest rivals this year are Mikel Landa (SKY) and Alejandro Valverde (MOV). Last year’s winner Alberto Contador (TNK) isn’t participating this time.

Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin was the winner at the end of the day, Primož Roglič (TLJ) the number two and Andrey Amador (MOV) the number three. Dumoulin finished the time trial in 11 minutes and 3 seconds, whereas Roglič was only a fragment slower and Amador was six seconds slower. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA) became fourth and got to wear the white jersey for best young rider.

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