This year I’m really into following the Tour de France. It’s been really fun to watch.
I think I understand more of the rule and how the points and timing are set up. I am more familiar with the famous riders. [Poor Cavendish. I was rooting for him on Stage 1 in his hometown. He really bit it hard. Surgery sucks.]
I watch the TV coverage at night. I like to watch the first 30 minutes to get a feel for the stage terrain. It’s fun to use my Garmin and see what 6% – 14% are really like. That has been a big insight for me this year. Since doing Mulholland Challenge and Breathless Agony, which are steep mountain century rides, I can really tell what these guys on the TdF are doing out there. Incredible and now for me, more meaningful. I don’t think I could really understand the TdF until I’ve been riding like they ride.
I like to fast forward to the KOM, climbing points, and the Sprints. KOM are more interesting to me.
I like to fast forward to the stage end and watch the sprints. Awesome. Thrilling end, every single time. Love it.
BTW, today is stage 4. Marcel Kittel crossed the line in a photo finish. milliseconds ahead.
1. Marcel Kittel (GIA)
2. Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
3. Arnaud Démare (FDJ)
4. Peter Sagan (CAN)
5. Bryan Coquard (EUC)