And… THEY’RE OFF! No not another world cup match… but for those of you who have been closed off to the outside world, today was the beginning of the 101st Tour de France!
The Tour de France is the most well known prestigious grand cycling tour, lasting for 3 whole weeks! Today, Saturday the 5th of July, teams from all over the world set off on a 21-stage, 3664km journey, beginning in Leeds, pedalling all the way to Paris. Within the 21 stages us lucky Brits get to witness an incredible enlightening atmosphere for a whole three days as riders begin stage 1, a 190.8km journey from Leeds to Harrogate, followed by stage 2 between York and Sheffield, July 6th, and stage 3 between Cambridge and London, July 7th. After that these dedicated cycling champions, in teams of 9 riders, cross the sea and continue their journey on French turf until Sunday July 27th!
Of the stages this year there are 9 flat stages, 5 hill stages, 6 mountain stages, 1 individual time trial stage and 2 rest days. All 21 stages are timed to the finish, whereby at the end stage times are combined. The rider with the fastest time is then classed as the “leader” of the race and is rewarded with the classic desired yellow jersey!
The Fantastic British team that we are all so proud of is Team Sky! Team Sky who so far has witnessed 2 overall wins, 11 stage wins and 28 yellow jerseys and this year, English rider Mark Cavendish had high hopes to claim the yellow jersey in mum’s hometown of Harrogate. Mark Cavendish is renowned as one of the riders to watch out for among other sprinters such as German pair Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. The young rider is currently the second most mentioned cyclist on twitter and until this afternoon had the odds-on favourite to take this first stage. Unfortunately his dream of winning stage 1 in Harrogate ended in tragedy due to a unexpected crash 400 metres away from the finish line, leaving him with a suspected broken collarbone, causing Marcel Kittel to repeat his 2013 stage one victory.
Here at Myprotein UK, we give the English team our full support and aim to remind you never to give up and never to give in. There is something to learn from every experience of defeat. Pain is only temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit, however, it lasts forever. Fuel your ambition.