The first week of the 2019 Tour de France was exciting – so many different winners, a swashbuckle or two. And the riders upped their game when the road started to rise in earnest. It was ALL HAPPENING in week 2! Stompin’, cryin’, screamin’, flirtin’, grittin’ … plus corralin’ cows and releasin’ goats. Yeah baby, it’s TOUR TWEETS OF THE WEEK!
Has this first week of the Tour de France been one of the most exciting in soooo many years, or what? Yellow jerseys won and lost; one day on top of the world, the next in the wrong echelon; the Tour keeps surprising us day after day.
What. A. Stage. So often grand tour racing seduces us with a promising parcours and riders full of intent. So often we’re let down as teams play it safe and we’re left with a race as predictable as a superhero movie at the local multiplex.
But not today! Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) took a superb solo win in Saint-Etienne, holding off a fast-charging Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep). The dashing Frenchman retakes the maillot jaune for Bastille Day, while Pinot has done his chances no harm whatsoever climbing to third on GC.