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We’ve all heard, seen and read about the Sky exploits over the last few weeks, but what about the competition for that other famous jersey, the Maillot Noir.

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It’s pleasing to see that not only did Orica GreenEdge have a great start to the Tdf, but they have thrown some team members back to fight for the Maillot Noir.

166 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:30:55
167 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:31:12
168 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:32:16
169 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:33:19
170 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 2:33:41
171 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:34:52
172 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:35:13
173 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:36:06
174 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:36:58
175 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:44:00
176 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:44:11
177 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 2:44:34
178 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2:44:55
179 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:45:10
180 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:46:02
181 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 2:46:52

At 36, Svein Tuft, a Canadian is one of the oldest riders in the peloton of the Tour de France.  His story to get here, at his first TdF, makes an interesting read.  Tuft

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It’s going to be a tough hard fought battle, closer than the yellow jersey at the other end by the looks of it.

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Shane Perkins

Shane Perkins, now there’s a name we have all heard before, an absolute rocket in the velodrome and master Keirin rider.

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I came across this video that deconstructed the machine that is Shane Perkins, Australia’s fastest track cyclist. Some fascinating stats that comes out in the video as shown below.

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During training – upwards of 5,000 Calories per day, or around 17 bowls of pasta.

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If you got down to the velodrome last weekend, you would have seen the Shane take out the Men’s sprint crown in the best of 3 over Matthew Glaetzer.

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The Echelon (ech·e·lon)

  • a. A formation of troops in which each unit is positioned successively to the left or right of the rear unit to form an oblique or steplike line.
  • b. A flight formation or arrangement of craft in this manner.
  • c. A similar formation of groups, units, or individuals.

Stage 13 was split asunder in a brilliant move by Team Saxo Tinkoff on Friday night.

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Funnily, I found this on the Sky Website, the team that was caught out in the aforementioned move.

An ever-present danger on flat and exposed sections of road, cross winds are loved and feared in equal measure. Where some pre-race favourites dread the possibility of being caught out by the gusts, other riders see opportunity to put the cat among the pigeons and split an unsuspecting peloton to pieces.

Stages along coastal roads are often susceptible to winds blowing across the roads. A bunch can be riding comfortably only to turn a corner and immediately be placed under pressure. Being buffeted by wind is not a pleasant feeling on a bike, so it is no surprise that riders will seek refuge from the gust behind the nearest object they can, the rider closest to them. This creates the formation of what is known commonly as an echelon.

Quite simply the riders fan out across the road in a line with their front wheel over-lapping the rear of the rider in front of them. This shields the riders from the wind as it blows across the road, with the man at the very front of the group taking the brunt of the gust. That rider will do his turn and will then peel off and begin to file to the back of the group, creating what looks distinctly like a conveyer-belt from the air. Each rider will do a short, sharp turn and then rotate in what has become the most effective way of dealing with the difficult conditions. A well-drilled group can use this to their advantage when it comes to placing their rivals under pressure. Anticipation is half the battle, with teams moving to the head of affairs so as not to be distanced. If a break forms in the peloton it can be almost impossible for riders to close down the gap. This often leads to a number of small groups strewn out across the road. In these situations experience can be key in learning to read the conditions and being on the front foot.

This is exactly what happened on Friday night.

The Australian Echelon

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Team Emily Ratajkowski

The sunday rides always throws up some great discussions, and last Sundays gave up the following…………………

The following link may contain footage that may not be suitable for the workplace environment.

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Look behind you……….

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The Tour

Stage 11

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Stage 12

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Stage 13

see previous discussion

Stage 14

PIC383606126 321-14-photo-finish Omega Pharma-Quick Step team Trentin of Italy celebrates on the podium after winning the 191 km fourteenth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Saint-Pourcain-Sur-Sioule to Lyon

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Stage 15

A break away group cyclespast an oignons field during the 242.5 km fifteenth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Givors to Mont Ventoux A break away group cycles during the fifteenth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Givors to Mont Ventoux

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Rest Day

I’ve worked it out that the rest days are not for the benefit of the riders, it s to ensure the tv ratings remain high!

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Website of the Week – Infobytes.tv

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A collection of informational videos, animated infographics, short form documentaries and interactives on the web. This is the site the above Shane Perkins video was found.

Also located on this site is an animation of what the Tour de France. Al little late, but better late than never.

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Show of the week – Comedians in Cars getting Coffee

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an American comedy web series by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The series is broadcast on the Internet and premiered back in July 2012.

The show is supported by digital network Crackle.

Episodes follow a format of Seinfeld introducing a car, picking up the guest comedian, and taking them out to have coffee or to a restaurant.

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I’m waiting for the next format “Cyclists sitting around drinking Coffee“, hosted by Stuey when he retires after net years TdF.

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Shop of the Week – Pavé Culture Cycliste

Proof that a bicycle shop doesn’t need to be a shady, dusty, cramped place. Pavé Culture Cycliste is an amazing space in Barcelona. A bicycle shop that looks like a gallery, selling some of the all time favourites Rapha, Brompton, Pasculli and more.

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Toy of the Week – Roku 3

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Once upon a time, watching a movie at home meant ordering a DVD online, waiting for it to arrive, then having it sit on your coffee table for weeks until you were in the mood to watch it.

Then Roku was invented – the original streaming player.

Now, millions of people use Roku to choose what they want to watch instantly. Whether you’re exploring over 750 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably. Movie night—or any night—will never be the same.

Its available, here in Australia, an fingers crossed, it will be an addition to the new house when we move in.  At only $99, it is cheap and very sleek.

till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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