Friday File: I eat pain for breakfast, Didi is back, Der Panzerwagen is ok & Classic Cool: 1957 Tour

With two knee operations, Didi the Devil is back from retirement.

Stage 7 into Fougeres was fairly quiet until the final sprint exploded with Cav finally getting that monkey or gorilla off his back. Daniel Teklehaimanot stayed out in the breakaway gather points and keeps the polka dot jersey for another day and hopefully longer into the upcoming mountain stages. 

Taking the necessary KoMs points in todays breakaway.
photo Christophe Ena

Points Classification: 1. Andrei Geipel (199 pts), 2. Peter Sagan (187 pts), 3. Mark Cavendish (151). 4. John Degenkolb (148). 

Fab Five: 1. Chris Froome, 3. Tejay Van Garderen (:13"), 7. Alberto Contador (:36") 12. Vincenzo Nibali (1'38") 16. Nairo Quintana (1'56")

Stage 7...

'I just wanted it so bad. So nice to get the win for Tony especially.'

- Mark Cavendish

Approaching Legend status...

Adam Hansen talks to Rohan Dennis, stage 2
photo Benoit Tessier

'I'm getting better everyday. I hope next week to be back to half normal. I'm trying to get back to a pain free diet.'

- Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen is soldiering on (bravely) with a dislocated shoulder in stage two. The ironman continues and it's simply amazing he's in there helping pilot Greipel on sprint stages. What he really is after is the record for finishing Grand Tours. He finished the last 11 Grand Tours. The record is 12 in a row, set by Bernardo Ruiz (1954-58). Hansen has finished every Grand Tour since riding in the 2011 Vuelta. 

"AC dislocation. Same shoulder as three weeks ago. Was told its going to be the most painful three weeks four me. I eat pain for breakfast. Bring it on!"

- Hansen tweeted.

The man he's chasing...

Bernardo Ruiz, 1948

Successful operation for der panzerwagen.

Cool down...

Today's Classic Cool photo of...

1957 Tour de France team. The winner Monsieur Chrono and his boys.
Team vehicles, jerseys, caps, bikes and this photo was taken with film - whats not to like!