The 100th edition of the Tour de France ended on Sunday so this is our last Tour Tweets of the year. It’s a mixed bag – we have Alpe d’Huez, the Arc de Triomphe, the aftermath of the race, along with the Ryder-Rolland Romance, ArgoCrush and a large gruppetto. First, off to the Alpe …
Double d’Huez day
The maillot jaune might not have shown any nerves at the start of the stage, but the sprinters certainly did.
I suspect some riders had more fun than others on this stage.
Yes. That’s Panache. Let’s not discuss it.
Then of course there was the small issue of the illegal feed just before the summit finish.
But Christophe Riblon won the stage and it was a wonderful ride and a well-deserved victory.
While John Degenkolb and Adam Hansen were quaffing beer on the Alpe, some of the other riders were not having such a good time – including quite a few of them who had to almost punch their way through riders – and a couple of sprinters whose names might be familiar to a few of you!
An Alpine romance
Friday’s stage had a drama all its own when it was begoggled Ryder Hesjedal and pox-wearing Pierre Rolland out together, ahead of the pack, working together and inspiring one of the best tweet strings all Tour.
We pick up the story when Ryder let Rolland take the KoM points and Rolland reaches over to shake hands and gets a handful of Canadian haunch by accident.
The greatest bike in the world
Sometimes the best action isn’t on the road.
On to the Arc
The final stage was a first in many ways, the first time racing around the Arc, the first time they held it at night, the first time Marcel Kittel won the sprint … here are just a few images from the day.
Looks like someone is going to get the Kittel Cut™!
OPQS wheel list. I have no idea what any of this means but it looked interesting.
David Millar and his ten nasal strips went on the attack.
Yes, he has Ryder goggles on. Let’s not discuss it. At least he doesn’t have on those speedos from the Alpe! (He also has the Kittel Cut™ – I totally approve of that!)
The winner on the Champs – hey, that isn’t Mark Cavendish! NOOOOO, it’s Argonaut Extraordinaire Marcel Kittel!
The Colombian corner was definitely the liveliest on the Champs!
Koen de Kort promised Marcel that if he won three sprint stages in this year’s Tour, he would get the Kittel Cut™!
Another look-a-like – we’ve had Kittel and Vanilla Ice and The Iceman, Impey and Robbie from EastEnders – now Chris Froome and, um, a puppet. [That’ll be Joe 90 – Ed.]
Boy, Andre looks absolutely thrilled, doesn’t he?
A few Quintana queries.
Jack Bauer of Garmin had a terrible crash into some barbed wire (with his face!) – luckily, it looked worse than it was and he’ll be fine.
Jens certainly has a way with words. Words that usually end up on a teeshirt at some point.
And this is how your hands and forearms look when you’ve been riding all day every day for most of July. Totally vascular!
How did they get Sean Kelly in that hat? The man has no expression on his face!
Breaks make such strange bedfellows.
Peter Sagan doesn’t miss a chance to be entertaining.
The Ryder Goggles debate continues.
This is a great image from this year’s Tour.