Luke Allingham, a good friend of VeloVoices, has been flexing his writing muscles again. What or who inspired him to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? Lawson Craddock, that’s who! Here’s his first (of hopefully many) special features for VeloVoices.
It was the second shortest stage of this year’s Tour de France at 108.5km, going over two HC climbs, a Cat 2 and finishing on the summit of a Cat 1. Sky controlled the peloton (seemingly even when they weren’t riding on the front) and, except for a few valiant efforts from Alejandro Valverde and Tom Dumoulin, the script seemed to have been written long before nearly an entire complement of Sky riders hit the base of the final climb. With the lesser of the GC riders getting shelled out the back and no domestiques left, Geraint Thomas attacked first with 6km to go, bridging first to Dumoulin then passing Mikel Nieve without a look back to take a solo stage win. Meanwhile Chris Froome went with Dan Martin, riding after his teammate – finishing third on the stage, after Dumoulin pipped him at the post. The day ended with Thomas in yellow, Froome in second (1.25 down) and Dumoulin in third (1.44) on GC.
We’re going over the cobbles, kicking up the dust for our second TOUR TWEETS OF THE WEEK! The Mighty Degs, QuickSteppers, fun videos from everyone from EF to Velon, SuperSagan, That Boy Phinney and much much more! Giddy up!