You’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport.
Stage 15: Laissac-Severac l’Eglide to LePuy-enVelay
Today’s stage was some what of a road race classic like yesterday. However, there were two category 1 climbs that definitely shook things up a bit. We saw team AG2R and Bardet going for the attack today and putting Froome in a bit of a panic. But Froome showed why he’s the tour favorite, he didn’t panic and pulled himself back into the race.
Why Conor McGregor might need to take fighting lessons from D Martin.
Today, Irishman Dan martin not only stayed with the race favorites but was able to gain enough time to move himself up into 5th place overall today. What’s incredible about this is that after his crash with Richie Porte on stage 9 that he was even able to pull himself back onto the bike; let alone to be in a position for a podium spot in Paris. If you saw the highlights after Stage 14 Martin was barley able to walk himself back to the bus because his back is in such bad shape. His back may not be working but his legs sure are and had he not had those two punishing crashes on stage 9 Martin would be in the top 3 in my opinion. Conor McGregor might want to take a lesson or two from Dam Martin on pain before he steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather. Dan Martin is one tough Irishman.
The lucky #7
Trek rider Bauke Mollema won his first tour stage today after competing in his 7th tour de France without a stage victory. His had a couple top 10 finishes but never stood on the podium either at the end of a stage or in Paris. I have mentioned a few times how a stage win at the Tour can make or break your career. Well as we’ve seen from Team Trek Segafredo they’ve been a little lack luster at this years tour. With Alberto Contador out as a GC (yellow jersey) contender they needed today’s stage win to help boost moral.
“I’m so happy to finally win a stage in the Tour de France,” said Mollema. “I just can’t believe it. This is what I’ve worked for so hard for the last few years. I’ve been closer and closer a few times.” – Bauke Mollema
Froome shows he’s still the man to beat
Just as the race was about to start their climb up the last cat 1 climb, the Col de Peyra Taillade, Froome has a mechanical and needs a new wheel. Bardet and Ag2R are at full gas and Froome gets left behind as he waits for a wheel. At this point if Froome doesn’t catch AG2R and his rivals, his tour is over. Yet he put the hammer down and was able to catch the group on one of the hardest climbs of the our and still have the legs to keep pace with the group all the way to the finish. Meanwhile is strongest teammate, and maybe competitor, Landa is in the lead group with AG2R and Bardet. This just shows that Froome still has the fitness to wear yellow in Paris.