Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stage 1 Report 2013 Tour De France

Stage 1 finish town of Bastia, Corsica
The scenic island of Corsica hosted stage one of the 2013 Tour De France today under warm sunny skies. The stage ended in chaos and mayhem however, as the Orica GreenEdge team bus got stuck passing under the finish line banner, with the peloton only a few miles from the finish. While the organizers raced to clear the massive obstruction, a new finish line was announced, and then the original one returned as the bus was finally cleared. During the confusion, several crashes marred the finale, and in the end neither Mark Cavendish, nor André Greipel, nor Peter Sagan were there to contest the finish sprint.

Marcel Kittel wins the stage 1 finish sprint
The survivors duked it out, and Argos Shimano’s German sprinter, Marcel Kittel took advantage of the absence of the “big three” sprinters, and dashed to the win and the yellow leader’s jersey. The victims of the mass crash that delayed Cavendish, Sagan, Alberto Contador and others were all given the same time as the winners since the crash happened within 3k of the newly-announced finish line at 3k to go.

Click “read more” to see how the stage unfolded and the complete results:

Stage 1
213k from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia
Weather: mostly sunny, dry, with temps in the mid 70’s f. (low to mid 20’s c)
Todd Harris and Bob Roll in studio; Phil and Paul live commentators;

Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto) became the first rider to use the new mobile medical van at the Tour De France. He had a pre-race x-ray that revealed a broken rib sustained two weeks ago at the Ster ZLM Toer. Part of André Greipel’s lead-out train for the sprints, Roelandts will start the Tour with a handicap.

The 100th edition of the Tour De France is under way!

Early Break (5 escaped at km 0): Cousin (EUC – attacked first), Lobato (EUS), Boom (BEL), Flecha (VCD), Lemoine (ARG);

*Froome crash in km1: rider in front of him tapped brakes, and Froome went down. After a long wheel change, he continued.

-179k: Break have a 3:00 lead on the peloton.
 The escapees sprint for the KOM line, the single point available at the category 4 climb at km 45 will give the polka dot jersey to the rider who gets there first; the climb is a mere 1.1k at 5.9%;

Km 45.5 KOM 1: 1. Lobato

 Just after the feed zone, about midway through the stage, the peloton close in on the break, and Jerome Cousin (EUC) attacks;
Lemoine chases, and Lobato, Flecha, and Boom chase and catch up to him;
Cousin is currently the leader on the road; the peloton let them get a 2:00 lead again;

Jerome Pineau has been doing a lot of the work on the front of the peloton for Omega Pharma and their sprinter, Cavendish.

-100k: lead is up to 3:19 for Cousin; who sits up and waits for the other 4 to catch up;
-90k peloton trail 5 leaders by 4:00;

-66k lead is 2:14 as the leaders approach the intermediate sprint at km 150;
The sprinters’ teams are organizing at the front of the peloton to contest the INT.
Flecha attacks the leaders, and Boom chases him down to take the sprint;

km 150: Intermediate Sprint: 1. Boom 2. Flecha 3. Lemoine 4. Cousin 5. Lobato 6. Greipel 7. Cavendish 8. Sagan 9. Boeckmans 10. Goss 11. Bouhanni 12. Sabatini 13. Steegmans 14. Chavanel 15. Hivert

Lobato sits up after the INT; now 4 leaders on the road;
-40k: escapees’ lead is down to :40
-37k: The peloton catch the 4-man break; gruppo compatto.
Jens Voigt takes over the pace-making at the front of the peloton.
The pace picks up as the roads narrow and riders jockey for front positions;
Contador sends his Saxo teammates to the front; Radioshack, Cannondale, and then Sky move up behind them, stringing out the peloton, and even causing gaps.
Greipel gets himself and some teammates up front to remind Cav that he, too wants the sprint.

*-16k for the peloton: The Orica GreenEdge team bus has hit the overhead finish line banner, with insufficient clearance, puncturing the bus’s air conditioning apparatus on the roof, and remains temporarily stuck on the finish line with the peloton less than 10 miles away.

*CRASH: Johnny Hoogerland crashes into the canvas barrier on the right edge of the road.
*Another CRASH near the back of the peloton. Moser down, Hesjedal delayed…
-10k: The Orica bus is still stuck under the finish line banner.

The Orica Team bus stuck at the finish
Now they are saying that the finish time will be calculated at the 3k to go mark, since they cannot clear the bus. What an embarrassing turn of events for the race. The 3k to go mark has a bend in the road immediately following the line. It does not look like a good spot for a sprint. Race radios must be blowing up now.

The riders are 3 miles away as the bus begins to pull back, clear of the finish line.
*mass CRASH in the front of the peloton: an OPQ rider bumps shoulders with another rider, taking out dozens of riders, including Sagan and delaying Cavendish and many others. The riders have been distracted with radio reports updating them on the state of the finish line. What a shame. Greipel manages to get through unscathed.

*Now Greipel is standing by the side of the road with one hand on his hip and the other arm raised up for his team car. He must have had a mechanical issue. Yes, his chain is broken. All three top sprinters are out of this finish sprint!

Carnage before the finish
It seems they are going to finish on the original line.
The crash was more than 3k from the line. Despite that, the referees have announced that all the riders involved in the crash will get the same time at the finish. They were within 3k of the recently-announced, new finish line at 3k to go.

-1k: Gert Steegmans attacks off the front and gets a big gap.
Steegmans is reeled in a few hundred meters from the line, and the remaining sprinters duke it out…


1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 4:56:52  
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha    
3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp    
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
8 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
10 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
11 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge    
12 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team    
13 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
14 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
15 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
16 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
17 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
18 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
19 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge    
20 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team    
21 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun    
22 Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
24 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
25 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
26 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
27 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
28 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
29 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
30 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
32 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
33 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha    
34 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
35 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
36 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
37 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
38 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
39 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
40 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
41 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling    
42 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
43 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
44 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha    
45 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha    
46 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
47 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
48 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
49 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
50 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
51 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
52 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
53 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
54 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
55 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
56 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel Euskadi    
57 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
58 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
59 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
60 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
61 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling    
62 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling    
63 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling    
64 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
65 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
66 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
67 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
68 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling    
69 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
70 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
71 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
72 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
73 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
74 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
75 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol    
76 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
77 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
78 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
79 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
80 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
81 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
82 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
83 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun    
84 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
85 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
86 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
87 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida    
88 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
89 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
90 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
91 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp    
92 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    
93 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
94 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Procycling Team    
95 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
96 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
97 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
98 Lieuwe Westra (Ned Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
99 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
100 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team Katusha    
101 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
102 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
103 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
104 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
105 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
106 Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
107 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
108 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
109 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
110 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
111 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
112 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
113 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
114 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
115 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
116 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun    
117 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun    
118 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
119 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
120 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
121 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
122 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
123 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
124 Tom Leezer (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
125 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
126 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp    
127 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
128 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
129 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
130 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
131 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
132 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team    
133 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ    
134 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha    
135 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi    
136 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
137 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
138 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
139 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
140 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
141 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
142 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp    
143 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale    
144 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
145 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
146 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
147 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
148 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
149 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
150 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
151 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
152 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
153 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale    
154 Maciek Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale    
155 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale    
156 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale    
157 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale    
158 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale    
159 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
160 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
161 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
162 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol    
163 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
164 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
165 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
166 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
167 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
168 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
169 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
170 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
171 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
172 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
173 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
174 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
175 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
176 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
177 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
178 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ    
179 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
180 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
181 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
182 Egoitz Garcia Etxegibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
183 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
184 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
185 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
186 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
187 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Cannondale    
188 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    
189 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
190 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team    
191 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
192 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
193 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
194 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
195 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
196 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
197 Edward King (USA) Cannondale    
198 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  

Points classification

1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 45  
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 35  
3 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 30  
4 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 26  
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 22  
6 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team 20  
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
8 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 19  
9 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 18  
10 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 17  
11 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 16  
12 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 15  
13 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 14  
14 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 13  
15 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi 11  
16 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 10  
17 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 10  
18 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 9  
19 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team 8  
20 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 8  
21 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 6  
22 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 6  
23 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 5  
24 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
25 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 4  
26 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 3  
27 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 2  
28 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2  
29 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 1

Mountains classification

1 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi  1 pt.

Best young rider classification

1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 4:56:52  
2 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
4 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team    
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
8 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
10 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel Euskadi

Most combative rider

1 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar

Teams classification

1 Vacansoleil-DCM 14:50:36  
2 Orica Greenedge    
3 Lotto-Belisol    
4 Ag2R La Mondiale    
5 Movistar Team    
6 Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
7 Katusha Team    
8 Sojasun    
9 Team Argos-Shimano    
10 Sky Procycling    
11 BMC Racing Team    
12 Astana Pro Team    
13 Belkin Pro Cycling    
14 Garmin - Sharp    
15 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
16 Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
18 Lampre - Merida    
19 Radioshack Leopard    
20 Team Europcar    
21 Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
22 Cannondale

1 comment:

  1. Well, that's one way to start it off! Wow. Anyone else thinking this little island is cursed or what?