Jul 23, 2014

Rafal Majka Climbs To KoMs, Daniel Mangeas, Tour de Shove & Pou Pou

Wink, wink say no more.





An amazing second day in the Pyrenees as Rafal Majka wins his second stage and gives boss Oleg Tinkov another reason to howl in happiness - and probably a raise in his salary. The young Pole holds firmly onto the KoMs with a commanding lead...



1.MAJKA R.TCS149 pts
2.NIBALI V.AST118 pts
3.RODRIGUEZ J.KAT112 pts
4.DE MARCHI A.CAN66 pts
5.VOECKLER T.EUC61 pts
6.PÉRAUD J.ALM57 pts
7.VISCONTI G.MOV54 pts
8.PINOT T.FDJ49 pts
9.VALVERDE BELMONTE A.MOV44 pts
10.SERPA J.LAM36 pts





Majka's climbing is spell bounding...




... so is the spectacular scenery!





The 'voice' of le Tour is Daniel Mangeas who will retire at the end of this, his 41st consecutive Tour.  I haven't been to the Tour (not yet) but listening to his distinctive voice gives a certain credibility to it all. His encyclopedia knowledge of cycling is vast and he doesn't use any notes to help him. Enjoy this video of the voice of le Tour - Daniel Mangeas!.. 









Backstage Pass over the Pyrenees, Sveino calculates the grupetto &...

...find out what Luke Durbridge said after the stage de shove.











French hero, Raymond Poulidor was in on the Pyrenees 
festivities because he first won on Pla d'Adet in 1974.




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