Tour de France 2021

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TdeF 2021

To Blog or not to Blog

The answer to the subject question came on day 1. Calamitous crashes effectively put paid to the chances of leading contenders Geraint Thomas and Primoz Roglic, so enhancing enormously the likelihood of Tadej Pogacar successfully defending his title. The serial faller Chris Froome was in the wars again, but he has not recovered (nor in my view ever will) from his disastrous self-inflicted accident two years ago. Pogacar himself more or less guaranteed victory in Paris with a stupendous effort on today’s stage. The awesome exploits of the renascent Mark Cavendish will almost certainly prove to be the highlight of the Tour, so for me it’s all over blogwise.

Pogacar ‘ambled’ through the stage, readily producing the burst he needed to be sure he retained yellow, and actually extending his lead over his main rivals. He looks bombproof, as will be reinforced in the coming stages, so my first email will not need revising. It was good to catch glimpses of veterans Niboli and Valverde, apparently two of only four cyclists whose careers date back to Cav’s first stage win in 2008. Who were the other two? Any thoughts (not urgent)? The interest in the Tour now concerns only the places – I’d like to see Uran on the podium, along with Karapaz. But as for the blog, alea jacta est – the die is cast.

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