TdF Stage 3 – Rolling Into The Capital [Spoilers]
Go for stage wins with Terpstra contesting bumpier stages such as 5, and support someone like Renshaw for sprints?
I was thinking about that too – they’ve still got Renshaw and Petacchi. They might want to save their leadout train for individual efforts, especially Martin for the TT. A lot of them can breathe a sigh of relief though – they’re potentially on for a much easier tour as they won’t be expected to chase down breaks and such without Cav.Posted 3 years ago
A short 155 km stage to the British capital, which gave the Tour de France an unforgettable welcome in 2007. A prestigious stage which will take the peloton alongside the Olympic Park and London’s most famous landmarks before finishing opposite Buckingham Palace. Of course, with everything pointing towards a mass sprint, the spotlight will back on
CavendishKittel. Will he be at the top of his game? I think so. But one thing is for sure: the crowds will turn out in force, as large and fiery as seven years ago.
Another spectacle yesterday – all guns firing. Especially interesting from Tejay and Nibali, as they haven’t been on form much this year. Should be interesting to see how they get on in the mountains. Great to see Contador, Froome, Sagan, all having a proper go.
Back to Cavendish for a moment..
Skip to around the 4 minute mark for his actual response
Nibali shows respect to the British by doing the classic “teapot” celebration.
It’s got to be Kittel today, I think he’s going to be unstoppable this year. Sagan to be up there as well though. Greipel who?
A few useful links
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/thomas-blasts-fans-for-taking-selfies-at-the-tour-de-france – already been some talk of this
Bike cam footage from stage 1..
And one more photo of Jens in polka dots..
Posted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@Realman – yes another thank you for the threads, always enjoyed them.
I’ll add another voice to say Chapeau Yorkshire, what a wonderful job !
I decided not to travel up to Yorkshire but plan to be around the finish/Palace/St James Park, probably about 10 rows back and watching the ITV player coverage !Posted 3 years ago
On board stuff from Stage 2. Starts about 3mins in.
Selfie wankerz causing issues:Posted 3 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Selfie wankerz causing issues:
did see the crowd several people deep on the tarmac in sections, bit mental when the peloton are approaching a dozen or so riders wide. Saw a rider lean in with his shoulder and brace when he saw an inevitable collision with a feckless photographer out in the road
the Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas was seen angrily swiping at anyone who got too close.
was kinda satisfying to see someone’s iphone go bouncing down the road.
I’ve seen the crowds of nutters in the french mountain stages and figured it’s just the kinda daft thing johnny foreigner does 😉 felt bad when UK crowds were doing it tho.
any footage of the dip in/out of Ewden beck between midhopestones and bradfield? Highlights missed it out completely, rode it a few weeks ago and reckoned it could be “interesting” for the peleton.Posted 3 years ago
Was going to watch today… but felt guilty that i was leaving work understaffed this afternoon when we’ll be vbusy for one reason or the other.
So thought I ride some on the route this morn from Chelmsford to Epping… then make my way back home to Sunny Brentwood and get the train into town.
I really did have the roads to myself hardly another biker on them let a lone a car…. so I carried on all the way to about the 1k kite.
What a ride!! My very own TdeF sportive….. can’t believe they waasn’t more doing the same!?!
And I still get to see them as they flying along lower thames street.
Viva le TourPosted 3 years agowillardMember
Footflaps, good shot! I was up at Parker’s Piece standing above a sign so that I could watch them set off. Absolutely amazing experience.
Town was rammed full of people and there was a really good pro-cycling buzz about the place. Lots of people in their own cycling club kit walking around.Posted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@footflaps – nice, optimistically hoping for a shot of riders and Buck House but as I’m still at my desk that’s clearly a fantasy.
@mattjg – the start was neutralised today
@Ro5ey – there was a yellow TdF Boris Bike at the stand today, was very tempted to ride it down the Mall but had a meeting to get to 🙁Posted 3 years agofootflapsSubscriber
A few more snaps:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/oeBtgo]Tour De France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge Kings College and Peleton[/url] by brf, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nXi5og]Tour De France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge Kings College and Peleton[/url] by brf, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/oeHNs5]Tour De France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge Team Sky[/url] by brf, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nXhQHw]Tour De France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge Kings College and Mavic Neutral Service Car[/url] by brf, on Flickr
Somebody on the roof on Kings College Chapel watchingPosted 3 years ago
[url=https://flic.kr/p/oeuLj2]Tour De France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge Kings College[/url] by brf, on Flickr
“I think we’ll have to award some of these places honorary Yorkshire status.”
High praise indeed.
Looking forward to seeing Roxwell, where I started today,and Morton (although they are only little villages)
Epping High Street was looking good earlier lots of people already out at 08:30.
Not so sure after that, East London didnt seem too worried… and it will defo be quiet around docklands.Posted 3 years agonbtMemberDonk wrote:
any footage of the dip in/out of Ewden beck between midhopestones and bradfield? Highlights missed it out completely, rode it a few weeks ago and reckoned it could be “interesting” for the peleton.
I have day 1 and Day 2 on the PVR and can copy footage onto a USB stick/harddrive (.ts format – VLC will play it fine) if anyone want the chance to see themselves…Posted 3 years agoJohnny PanicSubscriber
DONK, I’m afraid even the full ITV playback of Day 2 won’t show all of Ewden Beck. They show the descent and then it breaks up (tree coverage?).
I can report that they all made it through without incident 🙁 although they were well spread out at that point. One guy was off the back by about 5 minutes and had a sticky bottle up the hill 🙂Posted 3 years ago
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