Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Flea: first KOMs, 1933 TdF

Vicente Trueba,
first winner of the KOMs, 1933 TdF.
via Tourdefrance



Le Tour is less than a month away. So, that means I'll be introducing some pre-Tour posts to set the stage to the 100th edition of the Grand Boucle.

My love are always to the high drama of the mountains. There will be 6 mountain stages with 4 summit finishes. Brutal is a better word. Key is Alpe-d'Huez will be climbed twice on stage 18. Certainly will suit a plucky attacker like Purito Rodriquez. One things for sure, the winner of this killer stage will certainly be on the top steps in Paris. 

First summit finish on stage 8; Castres-Ax 3 Domaines. A stage for a favorite like Froome to show who's boss. 

Stage 11; Avranches-Mont-Saint Michel, 33 kms ITT. Evans, Froome, Contador and a healthy Wiggins. 

Stage 15; Givors-Mont Ventoux, 242 kms. The longest perhaps hardest stage.

Stage 17; Embrun-Chorges, 32 kms. Throw in two categorized climbs-Cote de Puy-Sanieres and Cote de Reallon to make it spicy.


The image is Vicente Trueba, nicknamed the Flea of Torrelavega, famous for being the first winner of the KOMs classification in the 1933 Tour. Points were given to the fastest ascenders and the Flea climbed 9 out of 16 mountain peaks first!



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