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NEARLY EVERYTHING YOU WANT (OR AT LEAST NEED) TO KNOW ABOUT LE TOUR DE FRANCE  

spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
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7/16/2017 12:43 pm
NEARLY EVERYTHING YOU WANT (OR AT LEAST NEED) TO KNOW ABOUT LE TOUR DE FRANCE







John Kerry, the former US Secretary of State, is a keen follower of le Tour de France; he once broke a leg while cycling. He has connections with the American team Cannondale who regularly enter a team in the Tour.

With one week to go this year’s edition is proving to be a gripping Tour. Just over two minutes separate the top six riders - Sky’s Chris Froome, Astana’s Fabio Aru, AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet, Canonndale’s Rigoberto Uran, Quick-Step’s Dan Martin, Sky’s Mikel Landa and Orica-Scott’s Simon Yates.

Following my last post about the Tour de France, my good friend pocogato12 commented that I need to post again to explain the tactics of the race. So here goes; my apologies to the many that aren’t that interested and the few that already know all about le Tour de France!

Le Tour de France always takes place in July, mainly but not exclusively in France. As a Grand Tour - the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta a España are the other two Grand Tours, le Tour de France lasts just over three weeks, with two rest days, before finishing on the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The Tour normally spans about 3,500 kilometres (about 2,200 miles) over 21 day-long stages. Normally there are about 20 teams, with 9 riders in each team, entering the Tour. This year there are 22 teams, with 198 riders from 32 countries, entered onto the Tour. When le Tour first started the teams were country-based but now they are company-sponsored teams.

There are four jerseys up for grabs in le Tour. The coveted yellow jersey is the rider who rides to Paris in the least time. The other contested jerseys are the green jersey given to the best sprinter, the polka dot jersey given to the best climber and the white jersey given to the best young rider.

The big budget teams, like Astana, BMC, Movistar and Sky, always go for the yellow jersey. Other teams may go for the green and polka dot jerseys. Teams not going for these jerseys often go for stage wins; some lower-budget teams go for the early breakaways just to get television coverage for their corporate sponsors. It’s very difficult for a team to go for more than one jersey.

Given that there are many races within the race, I’m going to focus on how a team can win the yellow jersey, le maillot jeune. This post is about how a team can win the General Classification, known as the GC, and have its rider completing the Tour in the least time.

There are different types of riders in the Tour. There are climbers who can climb very long and steep hills; there are rolleurs who can ride long and flat stretches at a steady and relatively fast pace; there are puncheurs who can quickly accelerate and attack especially uphill; and there are sprinters who are quick over a few kilometres to the finishing line.

The key point to understand about cycling is that a cyclist riding behind another cyclist or other cyclists saves up to 40 percent of their energy than the cyclist immediately in front of them. This is why there's a peleton, a large group of cyclists; they’re all saving energy riding behind each other and taking turns to be at the front. It’s very difficult for a breakaway group of riders, and especially a solo breakaway rider, to win a race; they just use too much energy for them to keep going until the finishing line!

A GC team must then assemble a group of riders who can propel their leader to Paris in the quickest time. Teams’ GC riders have to be great climbers, rolleurs and puncheurs but they don't have to be great sprinters. Sprinters have different bodies than the rest of the riders - they are very brawny and muscular with tree trunks as thighs unlike the rest of the riders who are very lean and clearly in need of a good hearty meal!

A GC rider will need a team of domestiques, especially rolleurs and climbers, to help them win the yellow jersey. The role of domestiques is to totally sacrifice themselves for the leader of their team. They'll ride at the front so their leader saves energy; they'll ride at the pace their leader dictates; they'll protect their leader from any cross-winds on the road; they'll fetch and carry food and water to their leader; they'll continually watch what the other teams are doing; they'll cover any breakaways of rival teams; they'll give up their bike if their leader’s bike has a mechanical problem; and they'll help their leader have a pee on the wheel!

A top team may even have a super-domestique who can do everything, like Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde. As well as being their leader’s wingman, they are a team’s Plan B in case their leader crashes out of the Tour.

Basically that’s how you win le Tour de France. Like most sports, it helps to have money. Sky spends over £30 million a year to maintain its operation; many teams are operating on a quarter of that budget.

Cynics will perhaps mention drugs as a way of winning the yellow jersey. Yes, this was the way for Lance Armstrong, who now claims he was best drugged-up rider of all other drugged-up riders. But I now believe that cycling is gradually getting on top of doping because le Tour de France stage times have slowed over the last decade.

I think doping in cycling is far more individualised now and far less team-organised as in the Lance Armstrong years over a decade ago. Sky's Bradley Wiggins, a recent Tour de France winner, is the case in point; he got official exemption to use a banned drug because of his health. But his use of drugs was cynical; he just took this normally banned drug just before certain key stages of le Tour de France and not for his other races.

Despite its rhetoric, Sky isn’t squeaky clean and I can understand why Sky’s Chris Froome gets a hard press in France. But I think the crowd’s boos levelled at Chris Froome this year are more about the vast majority of the crowd wanting the French rider Romain Bardet to wear the yellow jersey in Paris.

I think I’ve gone on enough and the Alps are coming!


Do you think sport should be drug-free?

For other Tour de France blog posts, see BICYCLE RACE, LE TOUR DE FARCE, THE PELOTON AND A WHEELSUCKER, A DOMESTIC GODDESS AND A DOMESTIQUE, WATCH ME NAKED ON THE TOUR, BACK FROM LYON, LE MAILLOT JAUNE, SOME COLOMBIAN, AN INCIDENT AT THE SWIMMING POOL, MEN CAN MULTITASK, THE CURSE OF YELLOW, A COCK WAS SHOWING AND THE ALPS ARE COMING, EL DIABLO39S NAKED GRAND TOUR, LE TOUR DE FRANCE, BRITS WEARING SUNGLASSES INVADE FRANCE, LE TOUR EST FINI, LE TOUR DE LYCRA FROM DSSELDORF TO PARIS and NO SUMMER FUN IN FRANCE.







spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/16/2017 12:51 pm

I still think Chris Froome will win the Tour with Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran to join him on the podium in Paris. Richie Porte has crashed out and Fabio Aru hasn't got a team to support him.


wickedeasy 72F
32404 posts
7/16/2017 12:55 pm

so Aru is a single cyclist without all the runners to assist?

wouldn't it be something if he won.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


wickedeasy 72F
32404 posts
7/16/2017 12:56 pm

btw...... thanks for this, it's the first time, I've ever felt I understood any of the dynamics of the sport.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/16/2017 1:17 pm

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    so Aru is a single cyclist without all the runners to assist?

    wouldn't it be something if he won.
You've got it!
Fabio Aru's team is very depleted so now he has to be a wheelsucker and just follow the wheel of Chris Froome or Romain Bardet, both supported by strong teams.
It's a long time since a wheelsucker won le Tour de France and if Fabio Aru does it, it'll be an incredible achievement!


sexysixties2 104F
39750 posts
7/16/2017 1:17 pm

I think all sport should be drug free....which is probably never going to happen.

Irish riders had a fairly good day today.


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sweet_VM 64F  
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7/16/2017 3:46 pm

I think all sports should be drug free.. It was sure an excellent ride yesterday I was watching. The scenery in that part of the world is awesome hugss V

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redrockrascal 63M  
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7/16/2017 4:40 pm

Do you think sport should be drug-free? All sports should be PED drug free..

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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pal334 67M  
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7/16/2017 4:58 pm

Drug free! In theory at least the sport competition should be more important than a tainted win.

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tickles4us 60M  
7262 posts
7/16/2017 10:26 pm

Do you think sport should be drug-free? I prefer to think that the players are playing fair and not using drugs that enhance their performance. I've never been big on watching sports with the exception of "Women's Beach Volleyball." I like playing sports or at least I used to... I wonder if I could get a spot on a women's beach volleyball team?

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Annie_34 63T
5945 posts
7/17/2017 2:08 am

Bonjour Spunky
Merci de ta très bonne explication des tactiques de la course pour les néophytes.
Tu devrais écrire " Le tour de France pour les nuls"
Je suis un grand fan et cette année nous pouvons voir entièrement les étapes en direct à la télé.
Malheureusement les équipes ne laissent pas beaucoup de chance aux baroudeurs. Heureusement il y a la montagne.
Enfin cette année les espoirs de gagner sont encore ouverts pour plusieurs coureurs
Ils restent les Alpes où tout va se jouer
Et j'espère que nous n'aurons pas la mauvaise surprise de savoir que le gagnant c'est doper
Que le meilleur gagne
♥ Poton ♥ Bisou ♥ Annie ♥


Hello Spunky
Thank you for your very good explanation of the tactics of the race for the neophytes.
You should write "The Tour de France for Dummies"
I am a big fan and this year we can see the full stages live on TV.
Unfortunately the teams do not leave much luck to the scouts. Luckily there is the mountain.
Finally this year the hopes of winning are still open for several riders
They remain the Alps where everything is going to be played
And I hope we will not have the nasty surprise of knowing that the winner is doping
May the best win
♥ Kiss ♥ Annie ♥


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author51 59F  
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7/18/2017 1:55 am

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    btw...... thanks for this, it's the first time, I've ever felt I understood any of the dynamics of the sport.
Even though I have known a little bit about the different jerseys and what they mean this article has now answered any more questions I might have had.I miss being able to watch it on tv as I can not get the station..

Yes sports should always be drug free.That is cheating and should remain illegal..


citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
7/18/2017 7:44 am

I haven't watched a great deal of the tour this year. I did watch the British Grand Prix though


effer2910 58M
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7/18/2017 9:33 am

Well done, well summed up. Yes I think sex and sports should be drug free.

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lindoboy100 59M  
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7/19/2017 10:07 am

Yes, all sport should be drug free.

Excellent post McPunkster!


pocogato12 70F  
37236 posts
7/19/2017 11:22 am

Spunky, my man, THANK YOU for this enlightening, detailed post. It really helped me to continue watching the Tour!!! All sports should be drug free with the exception of a participant who has an infection and needs to be on something such as amoxicillin.. The pics that are posted are also super. Thank you again for making this so more more enjoyable to watch

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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 10:57 am

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    btw...... thanks for this, it's the first time, I've ever felt I understood any of the dynamics of the sport.
It took me a while to understand and thus get into cycling, but as soon as as someone told me the energy saved by a cyclist riding immediately behind other cyclists, it all started to click into place. I'm now a cycling nerd!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 10:59 am

    Quoting sexysixties2:
    I think all sport should be drug free....which is probably never going to happen.

    Irish riders had a fairly good day today.

Dan Martin is having a great Tour. Nico Roche is mainly on domestique duties in the mountains!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:00 am

    Quoting sweet_VM:
    I think all sports should be drug free.. It was sure an excellent ride yesterday I was watching. The scenery in that part of the world is awesome hugss V
This year's Tour has been one of the best ones for a long time - lots of crashes, lots of incidents and a close finish!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:07 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    Do you think sport should be drug-free? All sports should be PED drug free..
I agree with you that sport should be free of performance-enhancing drugs; the problem always arises where you draw the line. Someone with a headache can normally take an aspirin but someone with hay fever may need permission to take an antihistamine.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:08 am

    Quoting pal334:
    Drug free! In theory at least the sport competition should be more important than a tainted win.
If all drugs were allowed in sport, professional sport would just become a freak show.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:10 am

    Quoting  :

Perfor,ance-enhancing drugs should definitely be banned; I'm not sure about non-performance enhancing drugs being banned. Thopugh illegal in many countries, cannabis and cocaine are hardly likely to enhance sporting performance!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:12 am

    Quoting tickles4us:
    Do you think sport should be drug-free? I prefer to think that the players are playing fair and not using drugs that enhance their performance. I've never been big on watching sports with the exception of "Women's Beach Volleyball." I like playing sports or at least I used to... I wonder if I could get a spot on a women's beach volleyball team?
Women's beach volleyball is always an Olympic favourite sport to watch!

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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:14 am

    Quoting Annie_34:
    Bonjour Spunky
    Merci de ta très bonne explication des tactiques de la course pour les néophytes.
    Tu devrais écrire " Le tour de France pour les nuls"
    Je suis un grand fan et cette année nous pouvons voir entièrement les étapes en direct à la télé.
    Malheureusement les équipes ne laissent pas beaucoup de chance aux baroudeurs. Heureusement il y a la montagne.
    Enfin cette année les espoirs de gagner sont encore ouverts pour plusieurs coureurs
    Ils restent les Alpes où tout va se jouer
    Et j'espère que nous n'aurons pas la mauvaise surprise de savoir que le gagnant c'est doper
    Que le meilleur gagne
    ♥ Poton ♥ Bisou ♥ Annie ♥


    Hello Spunky
    Thank you for your very good explanation of the tactics of the race for the neophytes.
    You should write "The Tour de France for Dummies"
    I am a big fan and this year we can see the full stages live on TV.
    Unfortunately the teams do not leave much luck to the scouts. Luckily there is the mountain.
    Finally this year the hopes of winning are still open for several riders
    They remain the Alps where everything is going to be played
    And I hope we will not have the nasty surprise of knowing that the winner is doping
    May the best win
    ♥ Kiss ♥ Annie ♥

I don't think Chris Froome is a doper, or at least I hope he's not. But there's no evidence to suggest he is.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:22 am

    Quoting author51:
    Even though I have known a little bit about the different jerseys and what they mean this article has now answered any more questions I might have had.I miss being able to watch it on tv as I can not get the station..

    Yes sports should always be drug free.That is cheating and should remain illegal..
I think you should be able to see the Tour de France via the Internet, though it's nearly ended now.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:23 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    I haven't watched a great deal of the tour this year. I did watch the British Grand Prix though
Though I follow the results, I've never been able to get into Formula One. It seems more about the car than the driver.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:24 am

    Quoting effer2910:
    Well done, well summed up. Yes I think sex and sports should be drug free.
Peerhaps sex should be an Olympic sport!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:25 am

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    Yes, all sport should be drug free.

    Excellent post McPunkster!
Sports with drugs would just be one big freak show!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:27 am

    Quoting pocogato12:
    Spunky, my man, THANK YOU for this enlightening, detailed post. It really helped me to continue watching the Tour!!! All sports should be drug free with the exception of a participant who has an infection and needs to be on something such as amoxicillin.. The pics that are posted are also super. Thank you again for making this so more more enjoyable to watch
I'm pleased you're watching and even enjoying le Tour. I'm a Tour junkie!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:30 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    Oh that's really, really, um... I forgot what I was going to say Hugh.

    NEARLY EVERYTHING YOU WANT (OR AT LEAST NEED) TO KNOW ABOUT LE TOUR DE FRANCE (whether you want to know it or not)
In July le Tour de France is everything whether wanted or needed!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:40 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    So SLOW AND STEADY does NOT WIN the race after all!

    But please don't tell this little fella he really has his heart set on that yellow jersey, now if he could only get to the starting line!

    Thank you Hugh for such a thorough explanation... Oh drugs... well yeah... I'll need some to get through these Tour de France posts of yours... this is a sex site you know... where's the sex! Or at least a "cock shot"!
Slow and steady may make lead to orgasm but it's no way to win le Tour!
Le Tour de France, in my opinion, is sexy. Here's a bulge-shot for your imagination!

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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/22/2017 11:44 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    I'm sorry Hugh, you know how much I love giving you a hard time!

    A little reciprocation would be greatly appreciated!
You're just after another bulge-shot, and I know where your eyes are going to look!

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