and the first victory of the year for my favourite frenchman:
Rode a nice ride with a friend after work today again (good with sunny summer) and talked a lot. Good guy that really knows pro cycling and raced with some of them some years ago. Good life. Map and graph here: TrainingPeaks tour-de-Flesland
The only hard thing on the ride was when I almost break my rear derailleur. A tuned 126g Sram Red derailleur with small MSC pulleys, dremelled outer cage and superlight Fibrelyte inner cage. With a too short chain as the chainstays are longer on my SuperX than on the Caad10. Did know about and knew which gears I could use and shouldn’t. But on a climb I thought I was on small ring in front but wasn’t. Could use 4 gear on the rear with big ring front. Geared but it didn’t work, tried again and then it got stuck. On second on the rear and the big front. Cage was stuck straight with the cassette. Got the wheel out, the chain down on the small ring in front and then it worked. Nothing broken, nothing bent. Sram quality 😀
But Sram isn’t the best I came up with yesterday. Look at last years Tour de France. Voeckler was in breakaways and got the yellow jersey, riding a Colnago C59 with Campagnolo Super Record. Cadel Evans wan the hole thing with BMC and Campagnolo Super Record. This year Cadel Evans BMC team has changed to Shimano, doesn’t work so good for Evans as he is puncturing, cracking and losing time on the yellow jersey. So earlier this weak. Fredrik Kessiakoff got the polka dot jersey, with a fast Specialized Tarmac SL4 with new Sram Red. A fast bike, a good climber and some really nice Corima wheels. All okey. But then comes Voeckler, Campagnolo Super Record this year too and on Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra wheels. Kessiakoffs bike is one of the best but doesn’t have Campagnolo. Voeckler takes the jersey and then get some more points to secure it. Celebrate like this:
Bora for the flat course of course. So, if you want to cheat in a way that is allowed by UCI, use Campagnolo. And personally I think that yellow suits Voeckler better than this polka dot, was more fitting on Kessiakoff.
And the question: As Voeckler had the Yellow jersey last year, got the Polka dot this year and is too old for the White jersey. Will he get the Green next year?