Tour de France Twitter wrap: Stage 7
Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France promised to give us one of two things: either a) a breakaway victory, or b) an early showdown between Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins.
We got b) – in a big, big way.
You have to admire the way that Chris Froome goes about his riding.
He’s unselfish enough to sacrifice himself for Wiggins up the climb but has the tactical nous to sense when he has a chance at winning.
I’m pleased with how Cadel rode. Whilst other big favourites dropped around him (Schleck, Basso, Brajkovic, Scarponi, Rolland, Sanchez), Cadel rode imperiously on Wiggins’ wheel.
Unfortunately, rather like Matt Goss, he misjudged his timing with victory in sight, jumping too early at around the 350m, which allowed Froome to hang on and cruise past on the line to win the stage.
The Twitter wrap from Stage 7 of the Tour de France:
Hesjedal is not going to start. Sad, but he’ll be back.
— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) July 7, 2012
After Ryder Hesjedal’s rotten luck, Jonathan Vaughters was fairly blunt with his words, but optimistic nonetheless.
In a car to Paris. Not really the way I envisioned it happening. Thank you for all the support, especially from my Team. @ride_argyle
— Ryder Hesjedal(@ryder_hesjedal) July 7, 2012
And from the man himself…
First hilltop finish of the Tour; “”moyenne montagnes”….not an average selection! #Tdf
— Cadel Evans (@CadelOfficial) July 7, 2012
Cadel plainly didn’t think the stage was properly classified as medium mountain. Given that the final 200m or so of the climb was 21%, I have to agree.
— Ryan O’keefe (@okeeferyan) July 7, 2012
Amen to that, Ryan!
— Michael Tomalaris (@miketomalaris) July 7, 2012
Cadel was my pick, Mike, and so far, I reckon he’s up to it too. Wiggins was right on the rivet on the steep ramp today.
— Michael Rogers (@mickrogers) July 7, 2012
2 Aussies in the Top 10. Mick Rogers is primed for the TT on Monday.
There are good days and bad days.first mountain tophill can give always suprise.i fightet to the end like the yellow jersey get respectet.
— Fabian cancellara (@f_cancellara) July 7, 2012
Fabian did fight right to the end but Les Planches des Belles Filles was too much for Spartacus. Let’s hope he can put in a good show in the TT.
Aside from results, my highlight today was a guy dressed as a giant prawn enthusiastically screaming “Allez” in the Frenchest accent ever.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 7, 2012
There sure are some crazies at the Tour…including me last year. Although dressing up like the guy Cav describes is pretty extreme.
I believe we need to race with only 18teams, there is too much road furniture and spectators to hold any more.
— Mark Renshaw (@Mark_Renshaw) July 6, 2012
Mark Renshaw giving some suggestions to the ASO. Personally, I agree. Get rid of the Pro Conti teams who can barely afford to be there anyway.
After talking to a few guys today, I can say major reason for crashes radios. For that reason totally against radios.
— janibrajkovic (@janibrajkovic) July 7, 2012
Not sure whether Jani Brajkovic is joking or being serious here. I don’t think that radios cause any crashes.
Incredible stage for @teamsky! Still a long way to go but proud to be a part of such an incredible unit.
— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) July 7, 2012
Richie played a major role in setting Wiggo up last night. He was pretty pleased as a result!
The #tdf12 keeping French hospitals in business! I hope everyone who hit the deck today is ok. This race is nuts.
— Simon Gerrans (@simongerrans) July 6, 2012
This one from Gerro is from stage 6. Hilarious and a bit sad at the same time. Like I said above, Mark Renshaw is on the money.
And for anyone wondering, I helped Vandenbroeck after his crash because he (and @greghenderson1) are mates. They exist in the peloton.
— Koen de Kort (@koendekort) July 7, 2012
No one has ever accused Koen de Kort of being a bad guy in the past. And after today, no one will in the future. Good to see there is still some great sportsmanship in the peleton.
Bloody hell, Sky are doing it. Froome Dog is a sick puppy, Wiggo chapeau.
— David Millar (@millarmind) July 7, 2012
David Millar has always been a colourful athlete. From this congratulations passed to Team Sky…
I’m very very hoping this scars. Already thinking up stories to regale my son with years from now. yfrog.com/o0941igj
— David Millar (@millarmind) July 7, 2012
…to dreaming up how to describe his (awesome) scars to his son.
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