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theoppositeofadults:2017 Tour de France stage winners’ interview

theoppositeofadults:

2017 Tour de France stage winners’ interview

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Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour de France 2017 following a crash near the beginning of Stage 17. It’s absolutely devastating, particularly considering he was on track to winning his first green jersey (maillot vert). I wish him the speediest recovery and congratulate him on his five stage wins ❤️❤️❤️

If you guys enjoy Orica’s vibe, they are releasing a…

If you guys enjoy Orica’s vibe, they are releasing a movie! All For One will be in theaters only in Australia tho (I think). The rest of us will have to use deep dark interweb (wink wink)

Link to all the backstage passes  here
Movie trailerhere

Marcel Kittel during Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2017

Marcel Kittel during Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2017

Unstoppable five-star Kittel sprints to another stage win

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Marcel Kittel made it back-to-back stage wins in the Tour de France as he produced another storming sprint finish to seal victory on Wednesday.

The Quick-Step Floors rider had shown his remarkable prowess in crossing the line first in Bergerac on Tuesday, and he repeated the feat 24 hours later at the end of another flat 11th stage, which this time measured 203.5 kilometres from Eymet to Pau.

It was a gut-wrenching end to the stage for Bora-Hansgrohe’s Maciej Bodnar, who was involved in a three-man break for much of the route before going alone with around 25km remaining.

He still led inside the final kilometre, but the bunch were on his wheel with 300m left before Kittel powered his way past Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), who finished second and third respectively, to earn a fifth stage victory of this year’s Tour.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) rounded out the top five as they, too, proved no match for Kittel’s incredible sprinting talent.

Double defending champion Chris Froome retained his general classification lead as there was no change in the fight for the yellow jersey.

GOOD DAY/BAD DAY

The main GC contenders enjoyed another quiet day along a relatively sedate route, while Kittel surpassed his mark of four stage wins reached in 2013 and 2014.

“It’s incredible because even being at the top your game, you’re never sure to win,” Kittel said. “In those five bunch sprints I won, I never made a mistake.

“I’m speechless! It’s hard to work on winning. Most importantly, I’ve got the legs and the mind for it at the moment.”

But spare a thought for Bodnar.

It was a draining and ultimately fruitless day for the Pole, who still held a 30 second gap with 10km to go but the peloton timed its charge to perfection to reel him in agonisingly close to the finish line.

STAGE RESULT

1. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 04:34:27

2. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:00

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimenson Data) +0:00

4. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) +0:00

5. Daniel McLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) +0:00

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 47:01:55

2. Fabio Aru (Astana) +0:18

3. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) +0:51

POINTS CLASSIFICATION

1. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 335 points

2. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) 202 points

3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 171 points

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

1. Warren Barguil (Sunweb) 60 points

2. Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL-Jumbo) 30 points

3. Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) 27 points

NEXT UP…

After successive gentle stages, the peloton’s legs will be truly tested on Thursday’s 214.5km route from Pau to Peyragudes – the second longest stretch of the Tour.

Climbs up the Col de Mente, Port de Bales and the final ascent to the finish make for a gruelling stage.