What a week the last 7 days has been.
First we had the OGE with their 4 days in yellow, gerro and his mateship with Darryl Impey, then we saw the Cannondale Express, and finally the day before the first rest day we had the Movistar attack. I’m knackered, and we still have 2 weeks to go.
In between all that, wev’e had crashes galore, a dominant performance by Peter Sagan in the Green Jersey chase and some great solo efforts by Simon Clark on the mountains. I’m looking forward to seeing him progress over the next few years and hopefully take out the polka dot jersey.
Chris Froome is the cream of the peloton and has risen to the top in the standings and is the obvious expected eventual maillot winner, however with the Movistar and Garmin attacks on Stage 9 did some damage. Richie Porte was dropped, Peter Kennaugh was forced off the side of the road down an embankment, Geraint Thomas is riding with a pelvic crack and other team mates have fallen away, Chris was isolated. He showed superb courage to counter each and every attack, however it may have just opened up a crack of hope for the remainder GC hopeful teams. As Cadell and Richie showed us, one bad day and your whole tour can explode into a nightmare.
Ride Like Crazy Alpe d’Huez fund raising
Another big Alpe d’Huez night is being organised by the Ride Like Crazy group at the Goodwood Cinema
In my trawling of the cycling sites over the last week, (mostly Tuesday and Wednesday night as I have just returned from 4 days in Melbourne – Happy 50th Warwick – it was a good night, unfortunately that was the night that the crows lost, OGE lost the yellow jersey and the Wallabies got thumped – but on the fortunate side, I was unable to get to a tv!), I came across this article on Cycling Weekly.
The crux of the article revolves around the Osymetric chainring that Chris Froome is using in this years tour.
In 1991, Jean-Louis Talo, a mechanical engineer (of course!) from Menton, southern France, produced his first prototype Osymetric ring. He has spent 22 years trying to convince the cycling world that it works.
As an engineer, Talo recognised that using round rings was not the ideal way for a rider’s legs to produce power. The cam-shaped rings were designed mindful of the fact that, “You can alter the design so that you give the leg muscles work to do where they are at their strongest and less work to do where they are weak.
A round chainring gives you work to do where you are weak and takes power away from you where your legs are strongest. The thing you have to realise is that a bicycle chainring is round because that’s all factories knew how to produce at that period.
It seems to be working for Chis to date.
In fact, looking back at last years tour, he and Wiggins were using the same rings. Perhaps this is the performance enhancements the press have been referring to over the last few days.
It seems these rings have a bit of magic behind them.
For those who haven’t seen this clip yet, click the following link for the viral youtube clip from OGE following their success and air guitar on the podium after the Team Time Trial.
These guys are having an absolute ball.
Officially these guitars are not scheduled for addition to the OGE merchandise, but they may be swayed if they get enough feedback – you can jump onto their facebook page and express interest if you want https://www.facebook.com/GreenEdgeCycling
Indications are that Mark Renshaw will be reuniting with Mark Cavendish at Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Under UCI rules, transfers cannot be announced before August 1, but it is being reported that an agreement that will take Renshaw from Belkin to OPQS has been sealed.
Renshaw and Cavendish formed one of the most potent partnerships ever seen in Tour de France sprints. With the Australian as his pilot, Cavendish won 14 stages in the three Tours from 2009 to 2011. Throughout that time, Cavendish hailed Renshaw as the “best lead-out man in the world”.
Bastille Day – 14th July
On July 14, 1789, an outraged group of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress and prison in France where prisoners of influence were held, in hopes of capturing ammunition.
Shortly thereafter, King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinhette took refuge in Versailles as the violent peasants pillaged and burned châteaux, and destroyed records of feudal dues—this reaction is known as the grande peur (great fear).
For the peasant class, the Bastille stood as a symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic government – controlled mostly by nobility and clergy. This important event marked the entry of the popular class into the French Revolution.
The French recognize Bastille Day as the end of the monarchy and beginning of the modern republic. The lasting significance of the event was in its recognition that power could be held by ordinary citizens, not in the king or in God.
The French have traditionally celebrated by not winning on Bastille Day, although there have been a four over the last 20 years who have forgotten their nationality:
- 2012 – Andre Greipel (Ger), Stage 13: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Le Cap d’Agde 217km
- 2011 – Sammy Sanchez (Spa), Stage 12 Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden, 211 km
- 2010 – Sergio Paulinho (Por), Stage 10 Chambery to Gap, 179 km
- 2009 – Mark Cavendish (GBr), Stage 11 Vatan to Saint-Fargeau, 192 km
- 2008 – Leonardo Piepoli (Ita), Stage 10 Pau to Hautacam, 156 km
- 2007 – Linus Gerdemann (Ger), Stage 7 Bourg-en-Bresse to Le Grand Bornand, 197 km
- 2006 – Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Stage 12 Luchon to Carcassonne, 211 km
- 2005 – David Moncoutie (Fra), Stage 12 Briancon to Digne les Bains, 187 km
- 2004 – Richard Virenque (Fra), Stage 10 Limoges to St Flour, 237 km
- 2003 – Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Stage 9 Bourg d’Oisans to Gap, 184.5 km
- 2002 – Karsten Kroon (Hol), Stage 8 St Martin de Landelles to Plouay, 217.5 km
- 2001 – Laurent Jalabert (Fra), Stage 7 Strasbourg to Colmar , 162 km
- 2000 – Vic Garcia-Acosta (Spa), Avignon to Draguignan, 185 km
- 1999 – Giuseppe Guerini (Ita), Sestrieres (Ita) to Alpe d’Huez, 220 km
- 1998 – Jens Heppner (Ger), Stage 3 Roscoff to Lorient , 169 km
- 1997 – Laurent Brochard (Fra), Stage 9 Pau to Loudenvielle, 182 km
- 1996 – Djam. Abdoujaparov (Ouz), Stage 14 Besse to Tulle, 186 km
- 1995 – Laurent Jalabert (Fra), Stage 12 Saint Etienne to Mende, 222 km
- 1994 – Rest Day in Lourdes
- 1993 – Tony Rominger (Sui), Stage 10 Villard de Lans to Serre Chevalier, 203 km
Favourite TdF photos over the last week
Toy of the Week – Scuderia Ferrari R300 Headphones
A distinctive design, the R300 Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) headphone follows inspiration from the Scuderia Ferrari racing team and the aerodynamic air vents and traditional grille incorporated in the GT Cars. It features robust machined crafted metal arms and diamond shaped grilles to ensure durability and quality, and ultra-soft ear pads constructed from enhanced breathable materials to ensure maximum comfort.
The R300 includes a high efficiency 40mm driver incorporated into a close-back design with ANC Technology, which seals the ear pads to prevent loss of music dynamics and reduces unwanted ambient noise. It includes technology suited for all the latest devices; a 3-button (Apple) and 1-button in-line remote for the latest mobile & MP3 devices. All cables provided with the R300 are anti-tangle, detachable and trimmed in finest woven fabric.
Pricetag – $350
Website of the Week – Grocon tv
I love the time lapse clips of their landmark projects, particularly AAMI park in Melbourne.
till next week