Le Tour 2011

Typically the Tour takes a week or so and a few mountains to warm up, but we have already witnessed some pivotal moments.

Stage 1: A spectator juts out and brings down most of the peloton in a domino effect.

Alberto Contador was caught behind and the leading group put pedal to the floor. The damage: 1’20”.

Stage 4: A clever stage where the climb at the finish gives everyone a chance. Here we see climbers, sprinter, rouleurs and Vinokorovs all in the mix.

Alberto really, really, really wants this one.

Cadel puts on his race face.

Andy – wants the anger out of his stomach.
Thor – God of Thunder wants to stay in yellow
Vino – wants redemption
Philippe – wants something on his birthday
Fränk – wants to be like Andy

Cadel hurls the bike forward…

…and wins by a centimetre. Then, in what may turn out to be a crucial psychological victory, Contador starts a premature fingerbang.

Cadel stares him down with one of his “chiselled Thunderbird” looks.

And in anguish, Alberto withdraws the finger.

In summary: Cadel is attacked during a nature stop at 30km to go; a bike change (15km); BMC riders Burghardt and Hincapie bring him back; stage win. Cadel: “I can’t believe that I managed to beat Philippe Gilbert having led him out into a headwind.” This was an awesome race.

To the victor go the spoils. In this case a bunch of power bar flowers and a what looks like a plastic statue of a water bottle.

The GC? Here is the official top 15 after stage 4


Thor Hushovd



Cadel Evans



Fränk Schleck



David Millar



Andreas Klöden



Bradley Wiggins


Geraint Thomas



Edvald Boasson Hagen


Andy Schleck


Jakob Fuglsang


Tony Martin



Peter Velits


Tejay Van Garderen


Christopher Horner


Levi Leipheimer

I don’t want to bring out the red texta just yet. There are innocent spinters still in there who should be spared the anticipated carnage once we apply our strict VXE doping-association criteria.

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2 Responses to Le Tour 2011

  1. ducatiboy says:

    I don’t think anybody has ever really understood the term “chiselled” until they have seen Cadel’s face in the midst of the Deathstare

  2. 888riley says:

    Great summary Mark. I think Bert’s face says it all as he fires off a blank. And I knew Cadel could be ferocious, but he’s clearly spent the off-season working on his Death Stare. I hope he’s kept something apocalyptic in his warchest of angry looks for later in the race

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