Saturday, June 19, 2021

(Just) Desserts And Grace


(Just) Desserts And Grace. Great food pun, no? Well, an ok food pun. I’m sure there are some unemployed former News Of The World staffers who could come up with something better… Enough of unimportant stuff though! Onto the cycling.

Last night was a very tough stage — Voeckler’s team did indeed keep things quite close to ensure he retained the yellow jersey, and Gilbert hit out hard to try and shake the sprinters prior to the finale.

It was super cool that Voeckler and Gilbert both tried to animate the race late: to see the yellow and green jerseys out in front of the bunch absolutely flying was a rare, and very exciting thing.

The work that HTC in particular had to do to shut them down was impressive, and rather than resulting in the Cav steam train rolling on to another Tour win, it forced their hand early, allowing Andre Greipel to get up for the victory.

And I believe it was quite fitting that the Greip got a win at the Tour — he’s been one of the very best sprinters in the world for years, but was always HTC’s plan B behind Cav. That he managed to nab a win over Cav was a nice piece of justice, and the Grace that Cav showed in defeat was a very refreshing change in attitude.

Desserts And Grace
Andre takes his stage in front of Mark, with Dan Oss centre stage.

As for results in the Velogames fantasy league, things are looking pretty grim as it feels like half of my team have crashed out of the race, however we shall struggle on courageously. Robert Brown still dominates there. Good show!

Toby Watson
Ex-Garmin Transitions physiotherapist and soigneur Toby Watson brings you inside the squad, and shows you what it's like to be working with a top team on the biggest races in the world. Through his regular blog updates, Toby shares his sense of drama and fun that were essential parts of his job. Toby is Australian, and currently lives in Girona with his fiancee Amanda. If he has any time, he enjoys reading and running, and occasionally skiing too, when he can.

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