it really happened folks.
You can’t believe it in films, when the big action hero does something stupid like catch a rocket, but it’s even more unrealistic when it happens in real life but that’s what happened on stage 12 of the 2013 Tour de France.
Not been a great week for Mark Cavendish. Being blamed for something that wasn’t his fault causing him to miss out on another stage victory – a certain rider still being a bitch about it – and then having piss thrown over him on the time trial. But none of that matters – in an act of
goolihanism – but none of that will bother him as much as what happen the final few metres of the 218km race from Fougeres to Tours.
Cav’s lead out train wasn’t exactly HTC perfection but it was about as good as he’s getting at the moment and it gave him a lead and when he has a lead he wins. Well he did most of the time but here something happened that negates everything that went before.
Marcel Kittel a bit behind when the real sprint started crossed the line half a wheel ahead with Cav looking to his left with a somewhat astonished expression on his face. Now Kittel was given a helping hand by sitting behind one of Cav’s train as he peeled off but this was shocking to see.
Kittel is certainly the man on form. From probably being everyone’s fourth sprint pick after Cav, Greipel, Sagan, the big German is number one, as the other three have a stage each to his trio of victories. And he’s beaten them all in straight head to heads, coming from behind against both Greipel and now Cav.
Cav spent? No, just having a bad trot no form and well you don’t exactly get over bronchitis riding your bike for hundres of miles.
From being an Australian Tour it’s turning into a German one with them having five stage wins out of the 12 so far – Kittel 3, Greipel and Martin one each. Think someone is trying for revenge after Wiggo last year?
Still Froome is in yellow but is loosing trusty lieutenants, with Edvald Boasson Hagen out after being caught up in two crashes.