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Le Tour 2022 – Stage 6

Tour de France Binche > Longwy

Distance: 219.9 kilometers.

Time Trial
A Hilly stage with three Category climbs and a 1.6 km climb at 5.2% up Côte des Religieuses to the finish.

  • Côte des Mazures 87.2 km (Cat 3: 2.0km @ 7.6%)
  • Côte de Montigny-Sur-Chiers 205.0 km (Cat 4: 1.6km @ 4.9%)
  • Côte de Pulventeux 214.6 km (Cat 3: 0.8km @ 12.3%)

The intermediate sprint is at 145.9 km at Carignan.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 20 hours 44 minutes 44 seconds
Green Jersey Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) [Green] 198 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146) [Polka Dot] 11 points
White Jersey Thomas Pidcock (IGD – 025) [White] 5

Stage winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
Combative: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Ineos Grenadiers ( IGD – 021-028 ) [Yellow numbers]

Alex Kirsch (TFS – 174) withdrew and Daniel Oss (TDE – 186) didn’t start. Losses expected after yesterday’s cobblestones.

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July 7, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 6

Le Tour 2022 – Stage 5

Tour de France Lille Métropole > Arenberg Porte Du Hainaut

Distance: 157.0 kilometers.

A Hilly stage with no Category climbs, but with 11 sections of cobblestones between the 79 km marker and the finish. This portends broken bikes and injured riders.

The intermediate sprint is at 37.2 km at Mérignies.

Yellow Jersey Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) [Yellow] 16 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds
Green Jersey Fabio Jakobsen (DQT – 051) [Green] 126 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146) [Polka Dot] 11 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 4

Stage winner: Simon Clarke (ISN – 193)
Combative: Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Ineos Grenadiers ( IGD – 021-028 ) [Yellow numbers]

Jack Haig (TBV – 081) and Michael Gogl (AFC – 103) have withdrawn from the race which is not as bad as I expected. It remains to be seen if some riders don’t make tomorrow’s start. Ineos is only 1 second ahead of Jumbo in the team standings (combined times of the team’s top three riders).

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July 6, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 5

Le Tour 2022 – Stage 4

Tour de France Dunkerque > Calais

Distance: 171.5 kilometers.

A Hilly stage with six Cat 4 climbs and a downhill finish.

  • Côte de Cassel 30.7 km (Cat 4: 1.7km @ 4.2%)
  • Côte de Remilly-Wirquin 71.8 km (Cat 4: 1.1km @ 6.8%)
  • Côte de Nielles-Lès-Bléquin 97.2 km (Cat 4: 1.1km @ 7.7%)
  • Côte de Harlettes 102.7 km (Cat 4: 1.3km @ 6.0%)
  • Côte du Ventus 123.6 km (Cat 4: 1.1km @ 4.8%)
  • Côte du Cap Blanc-Nez 160.7 km (Cat 4: 0.9km @ 7.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 63.2 km at Lumbres.

Yellow Jersey Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) [Yellow] 13 hours 02 minutes 43 seconds
Green Jersey Fabio Jakobsen (DQT – 051) [Green] 109 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146) [Polka Dot] 11 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 3

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016)
Combative: Anthony Perez (COF – 076 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 011-018 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 5, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 4

Le Tour 2022 – Stage 3

Tour de France Vejle > Sønderborg

Distance: 182.0 kilometers.

A Flat stage with three Cat 4 climbs and a bunch finish.

  • Côte de Koldingve 27.3 km (Cat 4: 1.1km @ 3.4%)
  • Côte de Hejlsminde Strand 82.8 km (Cat 4: 0.8km @ 5.5%)
  • Côte de Genner Strand 123.3 km (Cat 4: 1.7km @ 3.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 90.5 km at Christianfeld.

Yellow Jersey Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) [Yellow] 09 hours 01 minutes 17 seconds
Green Jersey Fabio Jakobsen (DQT – 051) [Green] 90 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146) [Polka Dot] 6 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 3

Stage winner: Dylan Groenewegen (BEX – 204)
Combative: Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 011-018 ) [Yellow numbers]

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July 3, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 3

Le Tour 2022 – Stage 2

Tour de France Roskilde > Nyborg

Distance: 202.2 kilometers.

A Flat stage with three Cat 4 climbs:

  • Côte d’Asnæs Indelukke 62.0 km (Cat 4: 1.1km @ 5.4%)
  • Côte d’Høve Stræde 72.5 km (Cat 4: 0.8km @ 6.0%)
  • Côte de Kårup Strandbakke 84.0 km (Cat 4: 1.3km @ 5.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 126.9 km at Kalundborg and there’s a bunch finish.

Yellow Jersey Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) [Yellow] 04 hours 49 minutes 50 seconds
Green Jersey Fabio Jakobsen (DQT – 051) [Green] 59 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EFN – 146) [Polka Dot] 6 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 3

Stage winner: Fabio Jakobsen (DQT – 051)
Combative: Sven Erik Bystrøm (IWG – 122 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 011-018 ) [Yellow numbers]

Jakobsen is wearing the Green because he is second to Van Aert who chose to wear the Yellow.

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July 3, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 2

Le Tour 2022 – Stage 1

Tour de France Copenhagen > Copenhagen

Distance: 13.2 kilometers.

Time Trial.

Yellow Jersey Yves Lampaert (DQT – 056) [Yellow] 00 hours 15 minutes 17 seconds
Green Jersey Yves Lampaert (DQT – 056) [Green]
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 3

Stage winner: Yves Lampaert (DQT – 056)
Team: Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 011-018 ) [Yellow numbers]

Because this is the first stage and a time trial, there is no award for Combative, nor for the Polka Dots as there were no climbs. Wout Van Aert (TJV – 016) wore the Green because he was second and Yves Lampaert obviously preferred the Yellow.

The Tour has changed its results table for this year and I’m having to do a lot of manual work that I had automated in previous years.

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July 3, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour 2022 – Stage 1

Le Tour Basics

Tour de FranceThe race starts with the Grand Départ today in Copenhagen and will finish on 24 July in Paris, so I thought I should explain some of what I’ll be ranting about.

Tour jerseys

The cartoon characters from my header are wearing the various colored jerseys that indicate the leader in the different classifications in the race.

The Maillot Jaune, Yellow Jersey is worn by the rider with the lowest time overall in the race. The eventual winner of the race may never have come in first in any stage, but was near the lead throughout the race and achieved the lowest time over the entire course of the event. The winner is normally an “all-arounder”, someone is very good at the sprints and the hill climbing, even if they aren’t the best. “All-arounders” show up on the lists of the sprinters and the climbers, while staying in the top ten for overall time.

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July 1, 2022   Comments Off on Le Tour Basics

Le Tour 2021 – 21 et fini

Tour de France Chatou > Paris Champs-Ẻlysées

Distance: 108.4 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 4 climb and a bunch finish.

  • Côte des Grès 7.4 km (Cat 4: 1.9km @ 5.0%)

The intermediate sprint is at 68.3 km at Paris-Haut des Champs-Ẻlysées.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 82 hours 56 minutes 36 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 337 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Polka Dot] 107 points
White Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [White] 1

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012)
Super Combative: Franck Bonnamour (BBK – 223 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]
La Lanterne Rouge: Tim Declercq (DQT – 056) + 05h 01′ 09″ Φ

For the second year in a row Tadej Pogačar has taken everything except the Green Jersey and he is only 23. Mark Cavendish has put an exclamation point on his return to the race by taking the Green Jersey and tying with Eddy Merckx for total stage wins on the Tour at 34.

After making 20 stages, Jakob Fuglsang was unable to start the final stage.

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July 18, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – 21 et fini

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 20

Tour de France Libourne > Saint-Émilion

Distance: 30.8 kilometers.

An Indivual Time Trial stage with no climbs. Intermediate times are taken at Pomerol (7.6 km) and Montagne (20.1km). Riders leave the start every 1½ minutes (about 3½ hours for all of the riders to start, and under an hour to the finish.)

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 80 hours 16 minutes 59 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 304 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012)
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

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July 17, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 20

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 19

Tour de France Mourenx > Libourne

Distance: 207.0 kilometers.

A Flat stage with a Cat 4 climb.

  • Côte de Bareille 12.1 km (Cat 4: 1.9km @ 5.3%)

The intermediate sprint is at 54.1 km at Saint-Sever.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 79 hours 40 minutes 09 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 304 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Matej Mohoric (TBV – 165)
Combative: Matej Mohoric (TBV – 165 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

Barring something unusual the Jerseys seem to be determined. Tomorrow is a time trial, followed by the parade into Paris. The final question is whether Mark Cavendish can win the sprint in Paris and take his 35 stage to stand alone on the all time Tour stage wins.

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July 16, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 19

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 18

Tour de France Pau > Luz Ardiden

Distance: 129.7 kilometers.

The final Mountain stage with two Cat 4, and two Hors Catégorie climbs and a summit finish.

  • Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat 10.6 km (Cat 4: 2.6km @ 5.6%)
  • Côte de Loucrup 54.6 km (Cat 4: 2.0km @ 7.0%)
  • Col du Tourmalet 94.1 km (Hors Catégorie: 17.1km @ 7.3%)
  • Luz Ardiden 129.7 km (Hors Catégorie: 13.3km @ 7.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 62.7 km at Pouzac.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 75 hours 00 minutes 02 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 298 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 88 points*
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
Combative: David Gaudu (GFC – 081 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

*The Numbers 2 are wearing the White and the Polka Dot as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

With the win today, his third on this Tour, Tadej Pogačar protected the Yellow and White Jerseys and picked up the Polka Dots – the same three that he won last year. Mark Cavendish has a 19 point lead for the Green and is looking for another stage win in the flat stages ahead.

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July 15, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 18

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 17

Tour de France Muret > Saint-Lary-Soulan

Distance: 178.4 kilometers.

A Mountain stage with two Cat 1, and a Hors Catégorie climbs with a summit finish.

  • Col de Peyresourde 129.1 km (Cat 1: 13.2km @ 7.0%)
  • Col de Val Louron-Azet 149.5 km (Cat 1: 7.4km @ 8.3%)
  • Col de Portet 178.4 km (Hors Catégorie: 16.0km @ 8.7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 113.4 km at Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 71 hours 26 minutes 27 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 287 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 78 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 2*

Stage winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001)
Combative: Anthony Perez (COF – 096 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

Tadej Pogacar extended his lead in the Yellow by taking the stage. He is number 2 in the Polka Dot race and number 6 in the Green competition – a true all-arounder.

*Number 2 is wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

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July 14, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 17

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 16

Tour de France Pas de la Case > Saint-Gaudens

Distance: 169.0 kilometers.

A “Hilly” stage with two Cat 2, a Cat 1, and a Cat 4 climbs.

  • Col de Port 54.0 km (Cat 2: 11.4km @ 5.1%)
  • Col de la Core 101.1 km (Cat 1: 13.1km @ 6.6%)
  • Col de Portet-d’Aspet 136.5 km (Cat 2: 5.4km @ 7.1%)
  • Côte d’Aspet-Sarrat 162.0 km (Cat 4: 800m @ 8.4%)

The intermediate sprint is at 84.7 km at Vic d’Oust.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 66 hours 23 minutes 06 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 74 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Patrick Konrad (BOH – 074)
Combative: Patrick Konrad (BOH – 074 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

A diverse cast on the stage podiums in this version of the Tour with many first time stage winners.

*Number 2 is wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

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July 13, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 16

Le Tour 2021 – Stage 15

Tour de France Céret > Andorre-la-Vielle¹

Distance: 191.3 kilometers.

A Mountain stage with a Cat 2 and three Cat 1 climbs.

  • Montée de Mont-Louis 86.3 km (Cat 1: 8.4km @ 5.7%)
  • Col de Puymorens 133.1 km(Cat 2: 5.8km @ 4.7%)
  • Port d’Envalira 146.7 km (Cat 1: 10.7km @ 5.9%)
  • Col de Beixalis 176.5 km (Cat 1: 6.4km @ 8.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 66.9 km at Olette.

Yellow Jersey Tadej Pogačar (UAD – 001) [Yellow] 62 hours 07 minutes 18 seconds
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish (DQT – 055) [Green] 279 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Wouter Poels (TBV – 166) [Polka Dot] 74 points
White Jersey Jonas Vingegaard (TJV – 018) [White] 3*

Stage winner: Sepp Kuss (TJV – 015)
Combative: Wout Van Aert (TJV – 012 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Bahrain Victorious ( TBV – 161-168 ) [Yellow numbers]

Sepp Kuss is the first American to win a stage in 10 years.

*Number 2 is wearing the White as Number 1 is wearing Yellow.

¹Andorra la Vella (in Catalan, the local language) is the capital of the tiny country of Andorra located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.

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July 11, 2021   Comments Off on Le Tour 2021 – Stage 15