If you haven’t had a chance to look at the 2013 Tour Down Under, have a gander at the stages. I would have to say that it is the best group of Stages Mike Turter and his team have pulled together. The stages are a lot more accessible than some previous stages such as Clare and Murray Bridge. Nothing against these towns at all, but it was too damn difficult for most locals and visitors to get to.
This coming summer, they have included quite a few local roads that we all have either ridden or chosen not to ride. Some of these highlights being:
Stage 1 – Prospect to Lobethal – Good ole Checker Hill
Stage 2 – Mt Barker to Rostrevor, throw in Gorge Road, up Corkscrew and finish with an ultra fast and spectacularly windy descent down Montacute Road.
Stage 3 – Unley to Stirling. Climbing up our old favorite Eagle on the Hill, and finish with 6 loops around Stirling/Bradbury
Stage 4 – Modbury to Tanunda. The One Tree Hill to Kersbrook road is long and arduous but the scenery quite spectacular looking out over Humbug scrub. The KoM is nowwhere near as steep as Checker Hill. This is also the BUPA ride
Stage 5 – Mclaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill. Snapper Point. 2 climbs up Old Willunga Hill and finishing at the top. Need I say any more. The Wednesday Legs umbrella will be there for the 3rd year in a row.
I can’t wait. For those interstate, this would have to be the best and most accessible TdU. Feedback from a number of visitors last summer was very positive, a great lads week away from home. Get in early, organise you group and book your accommodation because this summers TdU will be awesome.
Tour de France – Favourites Chart
I’ve compiled a chart showing the time the favourites are behind the yellow jersey. The favourites have been pulled together from the betting agencies. The favourites are centred in the below chart(Wiggins and Evans in the centre spots), with the others fanning out left and right (just like in the swimming finals).
Excepting for poor old Tony Martin who crashed early, broke his scaphoid and is now riding with a wrist splint and steadily moving back through the pack, and Sammy Sanchez who crashed in the prologue, it is interesting to see that the times (at the end of stage 3) behind the Yellow Jersey are already starting to take shape. Early days indeed, next weeks graph should provide a good indication of where the tour is heading.
Cancellara is not in the top 15 favourites, but I have placed the yellow jersey on the left hand side. There are a few top ten GC’s that are missing from this chart, but that is only because they are not considered aong the GC favourites.
Wednesday Week 1 Summary
June 30 – Prologue – Liège (ITT) 6.4km
It’s great to see Cancellara back on form after his crash in the Tour of Flanders earlier this year where he fractured his collarbone in 3 places. He too claimed his fifth prologue win in Leige Belgium, coming home 7 seconds ahead of Bradley Wiggins in a time of 7:13 over the 6.4km course.
July 1 – Stage 1 – Leige – Seraing – 198km
Peter Sagan, the Sensational Slavakian, wheel sucked a frustrated Cancellara in the sprint to the line to take his first stage win in his first tour.
July 2 – Stage 2 – Vise – Tournal – 207.5km
The Manx missile showed that he doesn’t need a lead out train to take the win. He jumped onto the wheel of his pal Andre the Giant and pipped him on the post. Orica Greenedge Matthew Goss put in a stirling effort to take third.
Juky 3 – Orchies – Boulogne-sur-Mer 197km
Peter Sagan did it again, shiowing that he is in scintilating form.Sagan powered home in the final hundred meters ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Peter Velits and the yellow Jersey of Fabian Cancellara.
There was caranage on this stage, with crasheds aplenty. Some of the favourites, Wigin invouded were held up by a major carbon clash in the last 3 km, but were not docked any time and given the same time as the main bunch. Wiggo did however lose an important support rider Kanstantsin Siutsou. Fortunately Cadel missed all the carange behind him.
The two top 10 big losers from Stage 3 was Juan-Jose Cobo who lost over 10 minute and Tony Martin who dropped back even further. These two are no longer in contention.
There were no other changes to the favourites positions shown in the earlier .chart
Reminder – Ride Like Crazy Stage 11 Capri Theatre Broadcast
They have managed to secure Brett Aitken to speak before the screening of stage 11. Please support this great cause.
Toy of the Week – Jet Racer
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Upper: Suprell Tech, with Morpho Cage containment to ensure greater stability, breathability and comfort.
Heel Cup: Pre-moulded ergonomic TPU heel cup to ensure better heel containment, with refractive rear inserts.
Arch Support: Removable, made from perforated EVA, to ensure maximum breathability and moisture drainage.
Sole: Diadora Carbon technology with NEW patented NBS (Net Breathing System) Technology. Removable Heel Pad, Duratech rubber heel pad, fitted with Memory Look System and High Grip finish in the pedal cleat.
Website of the week
Some great mix of cycling photos in this little blog
Photo of the Week – Billy and Jack
14 April 1971 – Liverpool 0 Leeds United 1. European Fairs Cup semi final first leg – Anfield – 52,877