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by Dave Everett
July 24, 2018
On Sunday the Tour de France peloton rolled into Carcassonne to finish stage 15, and the 150 remaining riders get to put their feet up for a well deserved day off from racing on Monday. But let’s be honest, it’s selfish of them.
We have to deal with two Mondays each July where everyone’s favourite day of the week sucks even more. Rest days throw a wrench in the works for us who are used to that televised fix of cycling action. We’ve had two weeks of (mostly) action-packed racing, and, personally, I know that having a day without being able to have some sort of moving images tossed in front of me has me feeling a bit disorientated. There are Monday blues and then there are Tour Monday blues.
But fear not, CyclingTips is here to remedy it as best we can. Sure, we can’t conjure up an extra stage. We can only do that at the Tour Down Under. Instead, we can ease that Tour blues with a rest day video round-up.
Here we go, all the best interviews, chats, and vlogs from the first two weeks of the Tour.
Do you want to know if Trek-Segafredo’s Michal Gogl, now in his second Tour, can live up to his surname? Is Gogl actually the purveyor of all internet knowledge? We Ask Gogl…
For a first time Tour starter, Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) is proving that being a newbie to the race isn’t a hindrance. He wore the King of the Mountains jersey earlier in the Tour and finished an impressive fifth on stage 15. But, did you know this is (probably) all down to potatoes? Yep, Toms is the potato king of the peloton. Potato fanatics don’t come any bigger than the Latvian rider.
Annecy simultaneously held the start of stage 10 of the Tour and also the women’s Tour de France offering, La Course. The one day race, that’s held on some of the same roads as the men’s race, saw some spectacular racing from the women’s peloton. We decided to skip the men’s race that day and focus on La Course.
It paid off. Not only is there a vlog from the stage, but also an interview with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Cervelo-Bigla, whose emotional outburst at the finish made John Degenkolb’s emotional interview after stage nine look almost cold.
For all you tech heads out there, we have a bunch of bikes from the women’s peloton.
We sat down with Lizzie Deignan after Trek-Segafredo and her announced there would be a women’s Trek-Segafredo team in 2019. Lizzie talks of the team, looking forward to becoming a mum, and the 2019 Worlds in Yorkshire that will be run on the same roads that she used to head to school on.
Alexei Sayle may have sung ‘John gotta new motor’ back in the 1980’s, but stage nine winner John Degenkolb tries his hand at being a second-hand car, or in this case a bike salesman. Degenkolb tries to convince us why his new Trek Madone is worth splashing your hard earned cash on.
Oh, and before anyone comments on the motor reference, I’m insinuating nothing. I just wanted to crowbar one of Britains greatest comics’ songs into a headline.
He may have completed 21 grand tours in a row and been left off the Lotto-Soudal’s team roster for this edition of the Tour, but Adam Hansen couldn’t stay away from the race. We caught up with him while he was taking a few moments out from commenting for Eurosport.
Rory Sutherland (UAE Team Emirates) may be one of the older guards of the peloton, but this year’s Tour is the first time the Girona-based Australian has actually lined up for the Grande Boucle. At 36-years-old, he’s left it late in his career to be part of the circus of July. Unsurprisingly, he’s taking it all in stride.
Ian Boswell switched teams at the start of the season, from Sky to Katusha-Alpecin. We caught up with Ian early on in the race to chat small holdings and see if his best mate Marshal, who is following the Tour and camping every night, had any gossip he could dish on Ian.
They’ll be more videos heading your way in the last week of the tour (and there’s plenty more over on our Youtube channel), as it heads into the Pyrannese and eventually the Basque region on stage 20. The first time the race has been to the Basque area in 20 years. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and the Daily News Digest for all the latest moving images.