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LE TOUR DE FARCE  

spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
29851 posts
6/30/2013 10:43 am
LE TOUR DE FARCE



Le Tour de France is an annual professional road cycling race held in July all over France. The Tour normally is a race of about 3,500 kilometres (over 2,000 miles) spread over three weeks, with a couple of rest days. On average, the winning cyclist pedals the distance, including many mountains, up to 40 kilometres per hour (about 25 miles per hour). About 200 riders start the showcase tour; many do not finish.

The 100th edition of the Tour de France has started. Yesterday, the race started in the island of Corsica off the French mainland. The opening stage was expected to be an exciting race with a bunch sprint finish. A bunch sprint is when many top sprinters race together for the line.

In eager participation I watched the race live on television. After nearly five hours of racing (and, for me, sitting on the sofa), an Orica-GreenEDGE team bus got stuck under the finishing line’s gantry. With ten minutes to go before the race was to end and with the bus still wedged, the race organisers ordered the race to end three kilometres before the finish line. This led to cyclists changing their tactics and probably led to a massive crash, which took out many of the race favourites (including Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan).

Then, after a few more minutes when the bus became freed, the race organisers reversed their decision. The cyclists were now told that the race was going to now end at the original finish line. The already chaotic race became a farce as the remaining cyclists not caught up in the crash had to change tactics again. What a start to one of the greatest races in the world!

I’m off to Lyon in France in two weeks’ time to take in a couple of stages of the Tour de France. Lyon is said to be the gastronomic capital of France, which puts me off as I’m not a big lover of French cuisine. My favourite cuisine is Indian, Malaysian and Thai.

Is the Tour de France the toughest race in the world?
What other sports are tough?
Have you been to Lyon? If so, is there anything you’d like to recommend for my visit?
What is your favourite cuisine?


For another Tour de France blog post, see BICYCLE RACE.

lok4fun500 M  
51906 posts
6/30/2013 12:00 pm

I wonder if there will be drugs involved in the "Tour de France" again?
I would say my favorite cuisine is Itallian, but my own version because they use a lot of tomatoes and I do not like tomatoes


FMAOPLS 69F  
27112 posts
6/30/2013 5:38 pm

Oh, I am sooooo jealous. You get to see part of the Tour de France, live. What a fantastic opportunity.

i can't wait to read your posts.

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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/2/2013 10:26 am

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    I wonder if there will be drugs involved in the "Tour de France" again?
    I would say my favorite cuisine is Itallian, but my own version because they use a lot of tomatoes and I do not like tomatoes
I think the Tour is moving away from drugs. This is one advantage of corporate sponsorship; companies sponsoring cycling teams, like Sky, don't want their teams doing drugs. I'm sure drugs won't disappear, but I hope drugs will just be about an errant individual cyclist and not about teams à la Lance Armstrong etc.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/2/2013 10:27 am

    Quoting FMAOPLS:
    Oh, I am sooooo jealous. You get to see part of the Tour de France, live. What a fantastic opportunity.

    i can't wait to read your posts.
Though I can't blog while in France, there'll be plenty of blogs about the Tour this month from me. I hope you'll indulge me!


foreverfree123 58M
435 posts
7/3/2013 12:56 am

This doesn't answer any of your questions, but that race was a disaster, wasn't it?
Hugs,
Sue xx


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/3/2013 7:16 am

    Quoting foreverfree123:
    This doesn't answer any of your questions, but that race was a disaster, wasn't it?
    Hugs,
    Sue xx
It was a farce, but fortunately the races since have been good. It's a close Tour so far.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/4/2013 3:36 am

    Quoting  :

The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team is doing very well on the Tour so far. One of its Aussie riders, Simon Gerrans, is wearing the coveted yellow jersey at the moment.


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