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by Mark Zalewski
July 9, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star
Patrick Seabase recreated the very first mountain stage of the 1910 Tour de France,the Col du Tourmale. And he did it like it was back then: in a single day on a fixed gear bike with no brakes.
“It’s a huge homage to cycling, to the pioneers,” said Seabase. “It’s also a revolution of what’s possible with such a minimalistic bike.”
At 2,115m, the Col du Tourmalet is the highest paved mountain pass in the French Pyrenees. In fact, this route known as the ‘treacherous stage’ was temporally removed from the race map only a few years after its introduction because of its toughness.
The 2016 Tour will climb the Tourmalet on the eighth stage of the race and to finish in Luchon, Seabase’s starting place.
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