Today, despite his appropriation by the Franco regime, he remains the godfather of Spanish cycling and a sporting eccentric of phenomenal will power. Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals. See more. Alasdair Fotheringham. The Tour de France is always one of the sporting calendar's most spectacular and dramatic events. But the Tour provided drama like no other. As the opening stages in Ireland unfolded, the Festina team's soigneur Willy Voet was arrested on the French—Belgian border with a car-load of drugs. Raid after police raid followed, with arrest after arrest hammering the Tour.
In protest, there were riders' strikes and go-slows, with several squads withdrawing en masse andone expelled. By the time the Tour reached Paris, just 96 of the starters remained.
And of those starters, more than a quarter were later reported to have doped. The 'Tour de Farce's' status as one of the most scandal-struck sporting events in history was confirmed.
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Voet's arrest was just the beginning of sport's biggest mass doping controversy — what became known as the Festina affair. It all but destroyed professional cycling as the credibility of the entire sport was called into question and the cycling family began to split apart. And yet, ironically, the Tour was also one of the best races in years.
The End of the Road is the first English-language book to provide in-depth analysis and a colourful evocation of the tumultuous events during the Tour.
As such, I feel like something of an interloper in this tale, especially as I don't have a gung-ho nickname like 'Bullets'. Anyhow, it strikes me that one way of sympathising with your fallen friend might be to regale him with One Day Like This by, ahem, Elbow. I'm sure he'll see the funny side. The Dutch rider from the Vacansoleil-DCM has jumped off the front of the breakaway group to take the solitary point available for the King of the Mountains point available this afternoon for a Catgory Four speed-bump.
The point safely snaffled, he doesn't slow down and continues to put space between himself and the rest of the breakaway, which is now just 2min 15sec ahead of the peloton. Riding his first Tour, this is a special moment for Julien Simon, the young French rider in the breakaway who has just, or is about to, ride through Beignon, where his mother and grandmother are from. It will be an additional motivation. On the rest day, I tried to relax well so that I could regain energy, to try to do something.
Turning a massive gear, the German sprinter whizzes past Sagan to beat the Slovak to the line. Luis Angel Mardonnes makes a break from the breakaway to win the intermediate sprint. Meanwhile back in the peloton, Peter Sagan's Cannondale team are towing the bunch along in a bid to get their man in the green points jersey, Peter Sagan, over the line to mop up as many of the remaining points as possible.
And astonishingly, I'm fairly certain that not a single entrant has nominated Mark Cavendish to come second in today's stage. We've had more Andrei Greipels than you can shake a rolled-up copy of the Guardian at, but Jamie Sumner was first out of the blocks to suggest his name.
Matthew Trim was the first of quite a few to suggest Marcel Kittel. Greg Hollin was quickest with John Degenkolb. Tim Ward nabbed Peter Sagan. Ardrik Klaassens nominated Danny van Poppel. Matthew Smith got Simon Gerrans. Dean Barrow has Matt Goss.
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Tom Turcan has Edvald B-H. There are others, but they were the main draws It is very hot, and it makes me wonder how much the riders need to drink. Here's Billy when his TDF obsession began when he was barely two. They are already keenly aware of team tactics and will explain them a little impatiently to anyone within earshot. Some benefit more than others. Found the book fascinating but felt rather grubby after reading it.
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You can jump on a bike and ride your own mini tour even if its as a 10 year old around the local park. If we accept that drugs are OK I'm sure there is a small legality issue somewhere and that elite sport is to be populated by super-humans doing things you can't even imagine yourself doing - well, you end up with American Football, and I'm sure you'll agree that's no good thing. The gap between the breakaway and the peloton is 3min 46sec. It's very blustery out there on the road, where you can hear the wind blowing into the motorcycle cameraman's microphone.humbertobecerra.cl/wp-content/peter's/1467.php
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All seem to get through unscathed, which reminds me A pal of mine named Bullets not his real name took part, but had to abandon after crashing towards the end of the bike ride while trying to collect a bottle of water. Apparently some eejit stopped in front of him, Bullets lost control and hit the deck because he only had one hand on his handlebars and then had to go to hospital for x-rays on a suspected broken elbow.
Geraint Thomas is able to ride the Tour with a fractured hip, but Bullets couldn't hoist the white flag quick enough after smashing his arm to bits. Funky sunglasses slowing him down? One cyclist mauling the peloton in the climbs one day to snatch yellow, the next day his nearest rival hauling him back in because the man in yellow spent all his chips the day before?
Could just be that at the moment, Froome is in a class of his own and has the best team. The gap between the breakaway quintet and the peloton is 4min 09sec and all on the road are being buffeted by a 30mph cross-wind. The upshot? The breakaway group's average speed has dropped below 40kph for the first time today. According to Phil Liggett in the ITV commentary box at the finish line, the flags are bending double, which means the riders will almost certainly have to deal with some potentially peloton-busting crosswinds in the last kilometres as they ride along the coast.
With everyone likely to bust as gut to get to the front and nowhere near enough room for all of them, the potential for carnage is massive. There's also, apparently, a tight left-hand turn just before the finish line, which could also cause no end of trouble. The town was the birthplace and home of Louison Bobet, a three-times Tour de France winner, who is buried in the local cemetery. Updated at 2. The five escapees are working well together, but the gap between them and the peloton is in to 3min 48sec.
After the fireworks of the weekend, today's stage is going to be decidedly dull, with anything other than a sprint finish highly unlikely. If you haven't entered the competition to win a copy of The Eagle of Toledo by Alasdair Fotheringham, you have until 3pm to do so. Send an email with Happy Birthday Federico in the subject bar, along with the name of the rider you think will finish second in today's stage.
And remember, this competition has been open since about noon and in the event of multiple correct entries, the book goes to whoever got their entry in first. Even if they were subsequently completely flawed. The gap between peloton and escape party is back out to 4min 01sec. At the moment the cyclists are riding into a head wind, but will have to turn into cross winds for the last 20 kilometres, which could cause problems for assorted teams hoping to lead out their sprinters. I believe World Wrestling Federation still exists if you want dope-fuelled fake excitement.
My gran got it down for me.
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Oh, actually, now I think about it, it may have been Burgundy. Or Birmingham. Pantani attacking on the slopes of the Galibier and gaining nine minutes on Ullrich; Armstrong having a puncture catching up to Ullrich turning around giving him the eye and then disappearing in the distance.
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