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Le Tour de France 2012 – Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans – Besançon (ITT), 41.5km.


I guess I have to face up to it: it’s a black and blue – and yellow, world.

I best get the hang of this ‘box ticking’ thing, then.

  • Dominate traditional preparation races for the Tour de France, thereby demoralising the opposition and creating an air of invulnerability: check.
  • Produce a cracking ride in the prologue to leave the opposition in no doubt as to your form and put you within spitting distance of the maillot jaune: check.
  • Avoid the crashes in the sprinter stages and allow some of the team to help your star sprinter so as he doesn’t lapse into depression: check.
  • Stay out of hospital in the even nastier than the sprinter stages, transition stages: check.
  • Ride a scintillating first time trial to increase the daylight between you and any challengers – and keep any team mates with big ideas in their box: check.