The Cure De France

When it comes to sporting events, I have always revered the Tour de France. I’ve been watching the Tour for the better part of twenty years, and if I am not up early enough to see the live feed, I will almost always watch the replay. I love the cycling, the gorgeous French countryside, and the great stories which come out of the event. Stories like this one…

Three weeks after an incompetent fan caused a massive Tour de France crash, the craziness continued abroad. In the midst of stage 17, an onlooking fan fell approximately 65 feet into a ravine, prompting two competing cyclists to pump their brakes and fill the role of first responders.

Cyclists Philippe Gilbert and Chris Froome were making their way back towards team transportation when they noticed a fan ahead of them (on bike) miss a turn and tumble down the side of the road into a ravine.

“After the race, we were descending to the foot again when we saw a cycling tourist miss a bend and fall about twenty meters down. Together with Froome and (Christopher) Juul-Jensen I stopped to help him,” said Gilbert per RTBF.

Gilbert and Froome lost about twenty race minutes during the rescue, but their priorities were never in doubt. Well done, gentlemen!

Sunday Services

There are few sporting events I get excited for more than the Tour de France. My entire family knows not to bother me when it’s on, and that’s been the norm for close to twenty years.

Today is the final day of the 106th Tour de France, and fabulous Frenchman Julian Alaphillippe was leading most of the month. He was passed by winner Egan Bernal – who is only 22 years old – on Friday. Damned shame, because Alaphillippe was brilliant.

Julian Alaphilippe (11 June 1992) is a French professional road cyclist and cyclocross racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step. He is the brother of racing cyclist Bryan Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe won the third stage of the Tour de France on July 8th, simultaneously earning himself the yellow jersey. After losing the jersey on stage six to Giulio Ciccone, he regained it after the eighth stage, where he finished third. He then won stage 13, the individual time trial, in Pau by beating Geraint Thomas by 14s.

Alaphillippe has been amazing during this Tour, although I have been cheering for Peter Sagan, the Slovak sprinter who usually win the green “points” jersey. (He’s won it six times, and this year he’ll win his seventh, a Tour record.)

There are more photos below the fold…

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The Rider Philippe’d Over

Despite what you may think you know about the Tour de France, the athletes competing in the world’s most prestigious cycling event are anything but pansies. Take Philippe Gilbert, for example.

Quick-Step Floors’s Philippe Gilbert has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France through injuries suffered in a scary crash on a descent on stage 16.

The former world champion had attacked from the 46-man breakaway on the slopes of the third climb of the Col de Portet-d’Aspet with 71km to go, and had gained over a minute’s advantage as he crested the category two ascent.

As he looked to extend his advantage, Gilbert was pushing it on the descent with his team-mate and eventual stage winner Julian Alaphilippe behind. But on a left-hand bend, the Belgian came in with too much speed and locked up as he tried to brake, realising he was heading into the road-side wall.

Kevin and I were watching this as it happened. Our first thought was, “He’s dead.”

He crashed into the wall and was flung from his bike into the ravine on the other side. The 36-year-old re-emerged eventually, giving a thumbs up to camera and remounting his bike, despite having suffered cuts, with a particularly severe gash on his left leg. Gilbert was given the most combative rider award after the stage for finishing despite the crash.

A normal human probably would have laid in the ravine while contemplating his life choices. The fact Gilbert climbed out (with help from paramedics), jumped back on the bike (while bleeding like a stuck pig) and finished the race is an astonishing feat.

Now before you rip him for dropping out of the rest of the Tour, here’s a look as his leg, post-race…

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Caption Contest Winners

The Competition Is Heating Up Caption Contest is now over.

Top Five Entries:
5. FEEL THE BURN!!!!!! – Cathy
4. What? The Hell! – Mike AKA Proof
3. Democrats create another dumpster fire full of allegations against Trump’s latest supreme court pick. – MelP
2. The addition of IED’s to the race has been met with mixed reactions from the fans. – Sully

WINNER! – Madame Pele cheers as the Race Against Lava gets underway near Halema’uma’u in Hawaii. – Mike47