Cycling Express Strava Tour de France tipping competition & stage 1 preview


2016-06-30 00:00:00


Last weeks Tour de France Cycling Express Strava competition was won by Nathan Ross, Harrison Douglas and Michael Gilby. All winners receive a $50 Cycling Express gift voucher. Send an email to [email protected] to claim your prize.    

 Our next competition:    

Pick the first and second place finishers of the first stage of the 2016 Tour de France. The closest two, or the first two people to correctly pick first and second will both win a $50 voucher. Post your picks on the club discussion page or email them to me at [email protected]    

Last years winner was Aussie Rohan Dennis, who sensationally won his first ever Grand Tour stage, beating Fabian Cancellara and other specialist Time Trialists when he was the only rider to finish the 13.8 kilometre TT in under 15 minutes. Dennis beat reigning Time Trial world champion Tony Martin and famously recorded a record average speed of 55.446kph for a Tour timetrial, beating the 21-year-old mark set by Britain’s Chris Boardman.    

 


Doing without a prologue this year the 188km stage starts in Mont-Saint-Michel and finishes at Utah Beach in Normandy, the historic spot where the allies landed on D-Day in 1944. D-Day was the largest sea invasion in world history, the operation initiated the liberation of Europe from Nazi control, and was a significant watermark in the Allied victory on the Western Front.    

 D-Day landings - Utah Beach, Normandy.    

 


The stage is almost certain to finish in a bunch sprint and could realistically be won by any of the sprinters. With French rider and former boxer Nacer Bouhanni out with an injured hand, Marcel Kittel and Andrei Greipel look like obvious favourites, but stage 1 nerves could see a surprising winner.    

With BikeExchange coming on board as major joint sponsor Orica-BikeExchange will be pushing hard for a good result. My Aussie pride inspired pick is Aussie cyclist Michael Matthews winning by a hairs length over Marcel Kittel.


Good luck and remember to email myself at [email protected] with your picks!


 Australian Matthews blocked in by the Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni who swerved wildly towards the Orica BikeExchange rider just 18 metres from the line. Paris Nice, 2016.