The first day back in the saddle after the rest day is likely to be hard work as this stage is more than a little undulating. The peloton will cover 140km of energy-sapping rollers before they reach the four categorised climbs in the last 40km of the stage. Continue reading
The last day in the Vosges, a spectacular summit finish, the day before the first rest day, and it’s Bastille Day. Oh yes, I sense French-flavoured breakaways and GC fireworks.
You all know that some of the VeloVoices team [Do you mean me? – Ed] love nothing better than a good sprint finish, and we have been well provided for at this year’s Tour. However, in amongst the usual suspects we have noticed a diminutive Europcar rider mixing it with the fast men in those final, frantic metres – Frenchman Bryan Coquard.
With two fourth places, a fifth, a day in the green jersey and still holding second place in the points competition, Monsieur Coquard is the best performing French sprinter at the Tour in some time. And all of this in his first participation.
Let’s have a closer look at the newest name in the current crop of successful French sprinters.