I heard the commentators mention that no one in the Peloton likes Voeckler. Maybe it's because he is unpredictable and doesn't follow the script, i.e Peloton hunts down break-away
but as a viewer he's superb to watch. Another comment was that he is not a strong sprinter, maybe so, but lord of mercy he can climb. More on surviving the stages with alpine climbs here Tonight another gnarly old day in the tour looms ominously ahead:
Best borrowed projector story I've heard for a while is this one:
The Tour de France is on at a beautiful time here in Korea. Not a beautiful time of the year i.e. rainy season, but time of the day. Starts after dinner and finishes just after midnight. You can usually therefore catch quite a bit of each stage. It is horribly humid for a while and the rain can be torrential.
To avoid the weather, and still get a work out my office-mate took his bike into the office ( to benefit from the air conditioning), and set it up on one of those trainers that you can ride your real bike on. He borrowed the projector from the audio and video unit and projected the previous night's stage from Le Tour onto the wall while he rode along with the peloton.
Voeckler has vowed to fight to retain his overall lead.
"It was a wet and stressful day, but one more day in the yellow jersey is great," he said.
"To be honest I expect to lose it tomorrow but it doesn't mean I'm not going to fight to keep it."
His Europcar team director Jean-Rene Bernaudeau was not so defeatist.
"Thomas will never admit it but I think he can keep it unless the favourites attack as early as the first climb," he said.
"If they wait for the last climb, I don't see Thomas losing 2:30 on it."
Text pinched from the ABC
Photo from Zimbio.com
As is clear from the profile above of the 211Km stage, this might be the real start of this year's tour. The climbers and the contenders in the overall race may take the opportunity to raise their game and try to cut back Voeckler's lead in the general classification. It should be a fantastic stage.
Sunday's stage also looks promising:
Rode the Kamo river path in Kyoto many times from east of the imperial palace in the north down to near a bridge connecting to JR Kyoto station in the south. We found the east side of the river to have the smoother cycling path as the west side becomes cobbled and then runs out somewhere adjacent to Shijo-Dori or perhaps even before. Though sometimes unpaved and a little bumpy, the single gear commuting bikes we borrowed from our Ryokan handled the surface fine. Heading south at dusk.
Japanese pedestrians and most vehicles (apart from buses) were very aware and tolerant of bicycles. In Kyoto cyclists tended to confidently share the foot-path with pedestrians, though young cyclists tended to hit the road briefly to avoid pedestrians or other cyclists in times of congestion.