Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 16, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin crushes Tour de France stage 13 TT, Froome extends GC lead; Gaviria gets hat trick in Poland; Prudhomme: It’s a day of mourning for France and for the Tour de France; After Nice attack, the Tour de France goes on with heavy hearts; Mont Ventoux madness: A first-hand perspective from the Tour; Porte, on chaotic Ventoux mishap: ‘If you can’t control the crowds, then what can you control?’; Maddeningly hypnotic: The Tour de France is an absurd, beautiful circus; Simon Gerrans out of the Tour de France with collarbone fracture; Thibaut Pinot out of Tour de France; Theuns crashes out of Tour de France in time trial crash; Shane Sutton: British Cycling review will exonerate me; Is EPO’s performance enhacing effect all in the mind?; Tour de France, stage 12 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 12; A journey to the top: Peter Sagan

Maddeningly hypnotic: The Tour de France is an absurd, beautiful circus

by Peter Flax

Much of the world does not follow cycling, other than maybe once a year during the Tour de France. Some will only see the images of Chris Froome (Sky) running up the Ventoux, much to the chagrin of cycling fans who will lament that this will turn the sport they love into a laughing stock. Peter Flax says that the circus that ensued on the mountain yesterday is not the first incident, and in the end is part of what makes this sport great and compelling.

Here is an excerpt:

And then, with a bang, it happened. A moto stopped. Porte slammed into the motorcycle, his face contorting inches from a video camera that was rolling. Froome smacked into Porte; Mollema piled on to Froome; and for good measure, a different moto veered into the pileup, snapping the chainstay on Froome’s Dogma F8. Already, the glory of Thomas De Gendt’s gutsy breakaway win up the mountain was trending toward footnote status.

As Froome parted the incredulous crowd on foot, Twitter exploded — with amazement, jokes, questions about Tour rules, and a few GIFs that will live forever. I sat at home, watching the feed, watching the dominant stage racer of this generation run up the Ventoux without a bike, watching something that I have never seen before and will never see again. What an absurd, beautiful circus.

Something like this is just unprecedented — except that it’s happened dozens of times before.

The Tour, of course, was hatched by a newspaper in 1903 as a crazy marketing stunt, and the event’s DNA has always had strands of extraordinary athleticism and inexplicable bedlam spiraled together. Racers have walked up the Aubisque; been disrupted by cows, sheep and llamas on the Tourmalet; and crashed out by tacks on the Mur de Péguère.

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