Highest natural point in Denmark is a farmer’s field. I like highpointing and joke with my Danish colleagues that I’m going to risk it all and scale their highest mountainSome observations. First surprised they started in Denmark. I know they always go outside of France but that is really oitside. And I never knew that Denmark was so flat, always thought it mountainous. They went over a large suspension bridge similar to the a Golden Gate and announcers said the tops of the two towers are the highest points in all of Denmark.
As for the race itself a very interesting story line. Two years ago in a race in Poland racer Dylan Groenewegen caused a crashed that nearly killed Fabio Jocabsen. Fabio was given IVs on the spot while waiting for a helicopter to take him to hospital. He was in a coma for weeks and required multiple surgeries to repair numerous facial fractures. Dylan, who had a broken collarbone, was suspended for nine months and dropped from his team.
Fabio worked hard to recover and is back in the tour. Dylan found a new team and is also back. Both are sprinters and are often fighting alongside each other and there is residual anger from Fabio. They talked by phone once but reports are didn’t go well.
And the twist is that Fabio won Stage Two in a heroic comeback from such serious injuries. Then Dylan won Stage Three for his comeback from injury, suspensions, new team, and having been ostracized for two years. Oth finishes were very emotional.
The race is just in its early stages. Will be interesting to see how the relationship between these two develops.
560 feet. So how many countries have you highpointed? What’s the highest point? Have you highpointed the US?......Denali? Ever gonna highpoint the planet? Pretty cool.
Yeah, good stuff (and the French countryside has some gorgeous scenery).Impressive five by Primos Roglic. Crashed yesterday with 30km to go and dislocated his shoulder. Put in back in himself and finished the stage. So today he rides well on the longest stage of the race at 136 miles and finished ninth. 5he pain tolerance of these guys is amazing.
van Wert cracks in the final climb after leading on a breakaway all day as Pogacar takes the yellow jersey.
The first hours are on the Peacock Network.......for $4.99/mo. Screw that. Used to be on NBCSports but that folded last year. So NBC has the rights and it using the Tour to push Peacock.Gotta say, I am not happy with the reduced overage. USA network seems intent to cram the stages into a four hour time slot (or less), even though what we are missing at the beginning of races is for the umpteenth showing of episodes of Law & Order or NCIS. It gets wore in some future broadcasts which are not covered live and edited down to two hours.
That being said, after yesterday's finish, I get the feeling Pogacar is ripe for a cape. His talent is superhero level. Just an amazing athlete.
Pretty cool. It’s a huge sport in Europe, perhaps the largest. Last year each stage had between a half million to one and a half million each stage. Each stage is stretched out over 100 miles......except for the time trials.......going through towns and cities along the way. People fill up the motels, bars, restaurants, and tourist spots in every town.Late to this thread but we were fortunate enough to be in Copenhagen for a stage 1. I know little about the Tour and couldn’t name a competitor but it was really fun to be around a major international event. Copenhagen was very into it… they are a bike culture (at least tons of bikes for daily commuters, etc) and were obviously very excited. Course was packed w spectators all day … watched the last hour only but made friends w a group of Norwegians who had traveled for the first few stages.
Copenhagen seemed to do a great job hosting and it was fun to observe even casually.
A very crazy day yesterday. Phil Leggit, doing his 50th tour, said he never saw anything like it. The top four GC riders attacked each other many times over with 25 miles to go instead of waiting until the final 5. Really crazy how they got caught up in the competition and all got wore out before the end. Pogacar went from a minute ahead to to over two minutes down. A very big swing.Newsflash! Pogacar is human! Great race by Vingegaard.
The caravan does move rather fast. Lots of music, SWAG and snack/candy. If they had a way to slow down and give me a beer it would be way better.For years I have been hearing references to the caravan and always thought they meant all of the support vehicles, like team buses and cars, medical personnel, race officials, etc. The story was interesting as the caravan kind of acts as a shill to get crows turn out.
Jumbo and Emirates are now even with six riders each. The next few days in the Pyrenees will tell the tale. The difference maker may well be Van Aert in support of Vingegaard.