Thursday, 11 July 2013

Marcel Kittel - Trois Victoires

We were in Tours today to see Marcel Kittel take his third sprint win in this year's Tour. The exciting thing about today's result was the fact the his final leadout man was Dutchman Koen De Kort, who just happens to be engaged to one of the girls in our Bikestyle marketing team. Koen is normally the leadout for the Argos "uphill" sprinter John Degenkolb and Tom Veelers normally leads out Kittel. However, with Veelers injured in the Cavendish incident two days ago, Koen stepped into the shoes nicely. Kittel clearly showed his appreciation after the finish.
No changes in the GC today and its likely to remain that way until Mont Ventoux on 14 July, a good day for a French victoire, being Bastille Day.....Pierre Rolland, maybe??
Sadly my Photostream has been less than cooperative since coming to Blois and none of today's pics have transferred from my iPhone so I can't post them.
Tomorrow we leave the Loire and head south to Clermont Ferrand and we'll catch the race tomorrow at about the 65 km mark, after visiting another chateau on the Cher River, Chateau de Chenonceau. I'm guessing there will be a pic or two to post! We have two groups riding, a 50 km group and a 90 km group and it looks like we'll have a tail wind and at worst a cross wind so it should be a good run south.

My First 10 Days - Côte d'Azur & Corsica
Part 5 - Additional Pics Côte d'Azur
From time to time I've had some issues editing my posts and inserting photos, its an iPad issue and its been a struggle at around midnight to get it all sorted before I get to have my regular 5 hours sleep. Typos or incomplete posts are going to be part of the deal I'm afraid........Its more than a full day getting around the Tour, riding with the clients each day, maintaining the bikes, getting your washing done etc but it seems that once we have a solid breakfast, a coffee and get on the bikes it all fades into the ether and we smile as we head down these beautiful, quite French roads to the next highlight of our trip.
These are a few additional pics from my rides around Côte d'Azur, I tried to load them last night but without luck, fingers crossed.
East of Monaco from Eze

St Agnes, between Col Madone & Menton

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful day yest. and drama with crash at end too sad about those injured, Pete..

    .. and really you do brilliantly with blogger on the run so to speak, blogger can be cantankerous at the best of times let alone doing it as you are on iPad.
    Keep safe and will try and see you at 65km point :D Shaz.xx