The 100th edition of the Tour de France is underway and it has already been 4 days of excitement, with crashes, buses, winners and sunshine. The beginning of Le Tour has really belonged to the Orica Green Edge Team.
The Grand Depart
The Tour de France began for the first time ever on the island of Corsica and the first stage was geared for a Mark Cavendish sprint finish. This however wasn’t meant to be and the last 20 minutes of the race was chaotic!
The Orica Green Edge team bus arrived into the finish line late when the barrier had already been lowered. They lower it for the photo finish cameras. The bus proceeded to get stuck. We felt sorry for the driver, did you? It didn’t seem like they were going to get it out and the race finish was going to moved to the 3km to go, where they had some cameras. This then caused chaos within the peloton and a large crash ensued. There were some serious injuries and most of the sprinters were held up or fell off.
Marcel Kittel must have thought it was his birthday with Cavendish, Greipel and Sagan all left behind. He won the first stage of the Tour de France and earned the Maillot Jaune.
The second stage was not one for the sprinters as it went inland into the climbs. There were breakaways and it seemed that the stage was going to go to Peter Sagan who had got over the climbs and was ready for a sprint. Jan Bakelants had other ideas and he stayed away to claim his first professional win to take the yellow jersey!
The third stage was another up and down stage with a few breaks and some tough climbs which again dropped the sprinters like Cav. This time there was the sprint finish we had been waiting for and again there was another surprise result with Simon Gerrans of Orica Green Edge beating Sagan. Bakelants was able to retain the yellow jersey.
Stage 4 – Team Time Trial
One of our favourite stages is the Team Time Trial, this years was earlier than normal but still just as exciting. Paul and Sandra from Pennine Cycles were at the race in the VIP area, their blog of their few days in Nice will be coming soon.
The stage was won by Orica Green Edge, by less than 1 second. It was close! They rode the fastest ever TTT in a Tour de France. Stage 3 winner Gerrans also took the yellow jersey. Here is their backstage pass video to what is their best day as a Pro Team:
Despite Gerraint Thomas having a hairline fracture in his hip from the stage 1 crash, Team Sky were able to come third in the TTT. This has given Chris Froome valuable seconds over his main GC rivals.
Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma Quick Step came second in the Team Time Trial with a great ride, they have top time trialist Tony Martin who was also badly injured in the first day crash. Cav will no doubt be looking for a stage win in the next couple of days.
David Millar stood a great chance of wearing the yellow jersey but Team Garmin-Sharp were not able to get a winning time.
What has been your favourite part of the Tour de France so far? What do you think will happen over the next few days? We would love to read your comments.