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First Week Tour Review
By Mark Jul 10, 2017 3:16:51 PM Comments

The opening first week of the tour is always a frantic and precarious time for the riders and their teams. This year’s race has been no different with a number of high profile riders crashing out and also a certain disqualification from the race.

As it’s the rest day in the Tour, we’re going to have a quick look back on the opening first week and see what’s been happening.

Stage One: Geraint Thomas from Team Sky took a well-deserved victory in the opening prologue in Dusseldorf. After his unfortunate crash at the Giro earlier in the year, this must have made up for that disappointment in some way. Not so lucky in this stage was the Spanish veteran Alejando Valverde. He crashed hard on a wet corner and in doing so broke his leg in two places. Time will tell if he will be able to race again this season.

Stage Two: As so often is the case in the Tour, the opening road stage this year ended in a chaotic dash to the line in which German power house Marcel Kittel won. This was the Kittel’s 10th Tour de France stage victory and surely wont be his last at this year’s event.

Stage Three: World Champion Peter Sagan gave a masterclass in uphill sprinting at the end of this stage. Sagan led out from a distance and when he opened up his sprint he pulled his foot out of his pedal and had to stop and clip back in. He did this all in a matter of seconds and still managed to win. How much better can this man get? He truly is unstoppable.

Stage Four: This stage will go down in history and maybe not for the right reasons. As is so often the case in the first few sprints finishes of the tour, this stage featured a nasty crash that left Britain’s Mark Cavendish on the floor and out of the race with a broken shoulder. It also left World Champion Peter Sagan out of the race as he was disqualified for his ‘elbowing’ of Cavendish in the dash for the line. Whatever side of the fence you sit on with this decision, in my opinion it was a bad day all round for everyone involved. Nobody wants to see two of the biggest characters of the sport out of the race and it was telling that in the following days afterwards the bromance seemed to be back to normal, with a heartfelt tweet from Sagan in which he showed a pictured of Cav and him from previous races.  It was also sad for FDJ’s Arnaud Démare as he won the stage but this crash completely overshadowed his victory.

Stage Five: Italian champion Fabio Aru showed his class and form by soloing away on the final climb to take a well deserved victory. He has clearly signalled his intention and must now be one of the clear favourites for a podium finish in Paris.

Stage Six: The German sprint sensation that is Marcel Kittel took another stage win Troyes and in doing so reclaimed the green jersey. Kittel looks to be in fantastic form and with Cavendish and Sagan out of the race it looks like he may add even more stage wins to his palmarés before the race finishes in Paris.

Stage Seven: In what was one of the closest sprint finishes in recent years, Kittel took stage win number 3 by a mere 6mm from Edvald Boasson Hagen on the finish line in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Can anyone stop this man in the sprints?

Stage Eight: Direct Energie are a small French team that over the years have competed under a number of different names and sponsors and they hail from the Vendée region in France. Lilain Calmejane from Direct Energie won this stage with a fantastic breakaway effort and his name is one I’m sure we will see again in the future.

Stage Nine: What a stage! This stage had everything that you would expect from the first proper mountain stage. Rigoberto Uran won the stage in a photo finish sprint to the line - but this only tells a fraction of the story. Geriant Thomas crashed out whilst sitting second on GC, Ritchie Porte crashed out on the descent into Chaméry and a number of other riders also crashed. This stage was one of the most eventful days I’ve seen in the tour for many years and I’m sure many of the riders will be glad it’s over and also glad of the rest day today.

I hope you have enjoyed our quick review of the opening first week of this years Tour. If you have any thoughts or suggestions then please do let us know by joining us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Until next time,

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