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Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 11: Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel, 33km ITT. Tony Martin Takes It


Le Tour de France

Tony Martin was impressive, so was Chris Froome – Cadel Evans, Pierre Rolland, Nairo Quintana, Tejay van Garderen and a whole host of others, weren’t. Bonjour, from the Balladins Motel, ville de Tours, from Martin and Ed!

Yes, VeloVeritas has joined le Tour – well, almost, we spent the day in Tours, tomorrow’s stage finish town – doing a wee travelogue piece for ‘a well known North American Website’ and skeking the Mont-Saint-Michel TT on TV.

But before we talk too much about today’s stage – Ivan was in touch about what the word is in Belgium on yesterday’s ‘CavGate.’

Eddy Planckaert thinks Cavendish should have been de-classed; “a dirty thing to do to Veelers, Cav had already lost.

And Steegmans said he could have taken Cav to 200 metres; he didn’t know why Cav hesitated – we thought the same thing.

Planckaert continued that he thinks Cav shouldn’t have ridden the Giro, it’s too much, too difficult a parcours, he’s not a Grand Tour rider, he’s a sprinter, sure he has to ride GTs to win sprints, but it takes far too much out of a sprinter, Kittel, Greipel etc. don’t have the Giro in their legs.

Planckaert also says Cav needs a team to take him to 200 metres, maybe Renshaw going to OPQS will help his train – so there would be Trentin, Steegmans and Renshaw all launching Cav.

But it’s history now; and the Stage One ‘BusGate’ is pre-history – that’s the Tour for you.

It’s like taking a kid to the shows; they come off one ride and immediately want on the next one.

Tony Martin
World Champion in the discipline, Tony Martin, won the stage by a scant 12 seconds. Photo©Pascal Guyot/AFP

Today’s biggest story – Martin shows why he’s world champion, Froome confirms that he’s at a different level from the other GC guys and someone taking the p**h in to Cav – personally I’d have kept schtum on the last one.

It’s sad to say that whilst most of the roadside fans on le Tour are great folks, there’s a minority of morons who’ll think that what happened to Cav is a great idea to emulate.

Tony Martin
Mark Cavendish in front of Mont st. Michel, a spectacular setting for the stage finish, but he didn’t have the happiest of rides.

In the car you have to keep the windows closed in the mountains for fear of idiots throwing water in on you as you chug up through the crowds.

It’s really funny – I mean the driver could be distracted and run someone’s toes over or a grand or two’s worth of camera could be wrecked.

The trouble is that idiots aren’t there just for the race; it’s to get wasted and behave like imbeciles.

After the Cav story its guaranteed there’ll be more of the same and the Opel’s windows will definitely be kept closed on the climbs.

Tony Martin
Chris Froome has always been a good tester – now he’s a great one, only 12 seconds behind Tony Martin.

We spent the day in Tours; which is a really nice town, especially the ‘vieux’ part with its half timbered houses, pavement cafes, sculptures and mixed crowd of people enjoying the sun and air.

Working for Pez is more than just about the bike racing; many of the North American readers like to see what Europe is all about.

We snapped the cathedral, medieval part of the town, the flower market, trams and tried to catch the essence of Tours for the readers.