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Tour de France Stage 1 – Sprint Finish Caos

Tour de France - Individual Standings - total time after Stage 1

Tour de France - Individual Standings - total time after Stage 1

The big story in Stage 1 was the number of crashes. There were five, a record for Le Tour.

This is either crash one, or two. I could only find footage of four of the five crashes in Stage 1.
(You can look at larger versions of each image by opening them in a new tab/window – each are linked to my original full screen, print-screen image.)

The “Doggy” Crash

This guy likes to bite at the ankles of cyclists it looks like…

‘O Goody’, he’s thinking, ‘some bicycles!’

Oh sh*t, I wish I hadn’t done this!The dog, amazingly, was not hit – but in trying to avoid him several riders went down.

Crash 3

At 2km from the finish of the stage, several riders go down in the third crash of the day. Because this takes place in the so close to the finish, these riders get the same time as the group they were a part of.

Tour de Frande Stage 1 - First Crash

Crash Four

This is the straight narrow run to the finish. The forth crash of Stage 1 happens 300 metres from the finish, a huge pile-up of the peloton which looks to include about 50 riders. Only 25 riders are in front of the crash and have a chance to get the yellow jersey. In the second screen shot you can see the tip of the peloton pulling away from the crash.

Crash Five

As the leaders slice towards the left side of the course in the final sprint to the line – to safe guard one of their flanks – a rider is clipped, and down he goes…

The Finish

Fabian Cancellara wins the sprint, and the yellow jersey for a day.

All videos are available at OLN.ca

Versus.com seems to be the over all producer of the English content that OLN.ca is drafting. All the content your seeing at OLN on cable television and OLN.ca online is content produced by Versus.com.

Their website has more online options, and some content you can pay for – you lucky people. ;)

mh



Posted: July 5th, 2010
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