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Le Tour de France 2013

So we've seen the first stage of the Tour de France 2013. Hectic chaos would probably be the best words to describe what happened yesterday. First we saw Johnny Hoogerland crash (again..) and then we heard about the Orica Greenedge bus that had created a chaos at the finish line. 

The famous Orica-Greenedge bus (photo from www.steephill.tv)

The famous Orica-Greenedge bus (photo from www.steephill.tv)

This gave organizers a headache and they had to make a decision to have the finish already at the 3 km to go line. At this point the riders were only 10 km from the original finish line and hence the teams started immediately to line up for sprint. Moments before the "new" finish at 3 km sign the bus was removed and the organizers decided to move the finish back to the original one. This lead to immediate change in pace from 100 % to less and this disorganized chaos led to a big crash.

The big crash before finish took down both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan (picture from www.steephill.tv)

The big crash before finish took down both Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan (picture from www.steephill.tv)

When the big sprinters were away, Marcel Kittel had a pretty easy job to take the stage win. Only the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff from team Katusha gave him a decent fight.

Marcel Kittel the first to wear yellow in Tour de France 2013 (picture from www.steephill.tv)

Marcel Kittel the first to wear yellow in Tour de France 2013 (picture from www.steephill.tv)

Today will take the riders to mountains already. Hopefully everyone who crashed yesterday are able to start. The mountain stage should make the bunch a bit more relaxed. Let's at least hope so. 

I also found a great graphic that visualizes the development of the Tour de France (picture by Bikeraceinfo.com):

Enjoy the greatest sport event of the year!

The Fall is officially here

This week gave us the new world champions in road cycling, including juniors, U23 and elite in both women and men. Copenhagen, Denmark was the spot for the world champs this year. This event really is the first real sign of the Fall and the approaching winter. Earlier this week, the battle for the Time-Trial title was fought. One can say an era of a great Time-Trial cyclist came to an end. Fabian Cancellara (also known as Spartacus) couldn't defend his title, and finished third after Bradley Wiggins (2nd) and the winner, Tony Martin.

Tony Martin (picture from Cyclingtipsblog.com)

Today the fight for the Road Race Champion was fought. The track was easy, didn't include any sharp turns nor any climbs. This reduced the number of possible winners down to just a couple of riders. The big fight would probably be fought between Hushovd, Gilbert, Cavendish, Cancellara, Boasson Hagen and Goss. Unfortunately Hushovd fell behind the peloton when there was a big collision in the peloton. These riders could never fight their way back to the main peloton anymore. I myself hoped for the remaining norwegian, Boasson Hagen, Gilbert or Cancellara. But the strong British team ruled the game, and made it easy for Mark Cavendish throughout the race, and in the last 100m he speeded up and couldn't be catched by anyone anymore. 

Mark Cavendish celebrating (picture from steephill.tv)I'm not a huge fan of Cav, and I would want to see a rider with wider capabilities as the Road Race World Champion. But in the end of the day, that guy is the fastest sprinter in the world, I can't deny that.

 

Here in Finland the weather has been pretty good, despite some really heavy winds a couple of days, the rain has finally kept itself on a distance. But even though the sun would be shining, the days are really short and chilly. More about some updates on this site and pictures/videos later next week. 

Paimio, Finland, 25.9.2011 (click to open in GoogleMaps)

Laters!