Tour Moments of Joy: Stage 16 – Time Trials, What the Heck

I don’t know what to say about Stage 16 of the Tour de France. I am lost for a way to describe what we have just witnessed on the only Time Trial of the 2023 Edition. At the start of the day the difference between first and second steps of the podium was just 10 seconds. After all the skinsuits, to bike change or not, sweat and snot, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) remains on the top step with an advantage of 1:48 minutes on Tadej Pogacar (Team UAE Emmirates).  It wasn’t that Tadej was on a bad day, he out over a minute into the blazing Belgian champion Wout Van Aert!  While we all ruminate on this, have a look at some of the tweets that made me laugh.

#BatChamps Skinsuits

First outing for a lot of new time trial national champions

Bleu Blanc Rouge for Remi Cavagna (Soudal Quick-Step)

#DanishDynamite for Kasper Asgreen

Best of the lost, Wout in his beautiful Belgian kit

Embrace the #PolkaPox

National champions were not the only riders with new kit for the TT. All the leaders in the four jersey competitions get made to measure suits especially for the day. I’m not a lover of the new mountain jersey, the dots are too regimented. Sorry LeClerc but there it is. However, if you’re King of the Mountains You can bet you’re bottom dollar I want to see head to toe polka pox. Bravo Giulio Ciccone and Lidl-Trek.

Only a few weeks until La Vuelta when we get the beautiful blue spots again


Oh La La(fay)

Victor Lafay (Cofidis) took a tumble towards the finish. Was he disheartened? No. He got right back up, waved to crowd and smiled his way to the finish.

How can you not love him.

Bonjour Tom

It’s all in the timing!

Not sure what was going on around around the start ramp today but DSM-firmenich’s Sam Welsford and Alexander Edmondson were both late to the gate.

While Alexander Kristoff (UNO-X) was too early and had to climb down again.

speaking of Kristoff….

TT Helmet section

We can’t a TT roundup without some mention of the headwear. Today we feature UNO-X.

Yep, def Darth Vader style

Or could it be Fireman Sam? Pontpandy’s finest feat. Soren Wærenskjold.

The @LeTour social media play a strong game,  but this is a bobby dazzler #Chapeau


Sometimes you just have to doff your cap and climb out of the hot seat.

Time trials, never a dull moment.

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