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2015 Tour de France Stages 20 and 21

The Alp d'Huez didn't let us down with drama and great riding yesterday. Thibeau Pinot went on the attack and was able to hang on to the finish. This French rider has demonstrated he is a man for the future with his climbing ability and knack for reading the race. Nairo Quintana found the legs to give the rest of the GC men the slip and found his way into 2nd on the stage. Froome finished with enough time to hold the yellow jersey and he can rest easily knowing tonight that he will win the Tour after the parade into Paris tomorrow.

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2015 Tour de France Stages 18 and 19

Sorry I missed you guys last night. As you might expect, with 2 kids and kid sports etc, didn't have a chance to dig into the old blog til today.

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2015 Tour de France Stage 17

The Tour is a cruel mistress. Today she withdrew her favor from Tejay Vangarderen as he abandoned about 40km into the race. Race coverage showed Tejay losing contact with the group on one of the early climbs. He was clearly running on empty and a statement later released by team BMC indicated that he was sick with cold-like symptoms. You have to feel for the guy. Going into the rest day yesterday he was holding down 3rd place in the Tour and today, couldn't push the pedals. Tejay has youth on his side and he will be around for many more Tours de France.

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2015 Tour de France Stage 16

I have seen a number of crashes in cycling over the years but today that crash with Geraint Thomas was absolutely amazing. The fact that he got up and got back into the race is stunning. Nobody could have blamed him for quitting right there. AND, he was able to maintain a sense of humor about it. When medics asked him his name, he immediately replied "Chris Froome" with a smile on his face! 

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2015 Tour de France Stage 15

The sprinters had their day again today with Andre Greipel winning the stage in a 4-up drag race with Alexder Kristoff, John Degenkolb and Peter Sagan. Surprisingly, Mark Cavendish was nowhere to be found at the finish today. He has indicated that he is starting to rest his legs in anticipation of winning in Paris next Sunday. My opinion is its a little early to be preparing for a stage that is 5 races away. To be frank, I wonder if Cav will make it all the way to Paris. Any way you slice it, Greipel is absolutely on fire right now and this is his year to shine.

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2015 Tour de France Stage 14

Brilliant win today for Steve Cummings with the MTN/Qhubeka squad. He managed to give his breakaway companions the slip inside the final km and win with arms aloft. This was also an historic moment since it is the first time a South African team has won a stage at the Tour (much less participated in the Tour!)

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2015 Tour de France Stages 12 and 13

Phew! Roller coaster couple of days at the Tour de France. The GC favorites remain firmly in their respective places. However, we did see some exciting racing out of them and some of the pretenders to the throne.

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2015 Tour de France Stage 11

Wow! Big congrats to Rafael Maijka! Great ride out of the Tinkov/Saxo rider to win from a 40km breakaway. Maijka appeared relatively untroubled throughout his effort to cross with around 5min over the next competitor Dan Martin.

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2015 Tour de France Stage 10

Well, it wasn't total carnage. However, there was some movement in the GC. Froome thrilled us with an incredible ride in the final 10km's while the other favorites just hung on or got shelled. 

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2015 Tour de France recap

Sorry crew! My website was hacked over the weekend and I could not write my blog. My brilliant web-mistress got everything sorted out and we're back now.

The Tour has taken in a few exciting days in the mean time.

Friday, Mark Cavendish finally got it right! His team controlled the lead out and the sprint and put him in great position to win. Cavendish has been notably frustrated with his inablity to win one of these races and this was a great confidence boost for him.

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