Are you watching this Tour? That really, in essence, is this week’s Group Ride. I’ve talked to so many throughout my bike business day who are not watching, who are no longer interested, but wow, the Tour.
Fabian Cancellara in yellow. Fabian Cancellara with a broken back. Tony Martin in yellow. Tony Martin with a broken collarbone. Beware Chris Froome, the French pavement eats pro bones and spits out maillots jaunes.
Peter Sagan in second place, seemingly in every stage and now also in the GC, with Tejay van Garderen in third, even after I said last week on this very site that I didn’t think Tejay had any chance at all. He’s not the first to make me look dumb, and he won’t be the last.
Daniel Teklehaimanot, of Eritrea, became the first African rider to wear the polka-dotted jersey.
Andre Greipel won a couple of stages, narrowly edging Sagan for the green jersey, but then, just today, Mark Cavendish came around the German to prove he’s not out of the game just yet.
We have Contador, Gesink, Mollema, Nibali, Kreuziger, Valverde, Quintana, Rodriguez, Peraud and Bardet all within two minutes of the lead, with the road yet to turn upward in earnest. A lot of these GC boys have been on the ground in a typically nervous first week, too, nursing the kinds of body pain that can cost a podium finish as it accumulates over three weeks.
Are you watching this Tour? Do you think Froome is already home and dry? Will Sagan overtake Greipel for green? Is Cav still in with a shout? If you’ve been watching, what has been the story of the race for you so far? With the TTT coming up, which team is best positioned to gain time going into week two, especially now that Cancellara and Martin are out?