The 102nd edition of the worldwide known Tour de France has proven having nothing to envy any of its past editions; the tourâ€™s Grand DÃ©partÂ began swiftly, having started in Netherlands as it had been announced by the Amaury Sport Organization the past November 2013. The â€˜Big fourâ€™, as known by the media, have been the look-to along the whole race, either for good or for bad.
Another cyclist that has made news is the 26-year-old Daniel Teklehaimanot, the first African to ever participate in one of the Tour de France tours. Daniel was also the first competitor off the start ramp. Although he is not one of the favourites of this edition, he sure has made news by just being there and competing.
Stage 4 was marked by the participation of Philippe, the king of Belgium, in the special presentation that denoted the starting point of the competition. During this race, a new team of four cyclists, favourite to win was formed; in which two competitors of the Astana team, one from the Team Europcar and a representative of Bretagne-SÃ©chÃ© Environnement figured. Mid fourth section, the group divided and the main group of 50 cyclists â€“not so surprisingly- included those who were thought of the top ranking ones.
Stage 12 covering the track from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille, held on July the 16th, had a turn for worse involving the weather, the trail was already difficult enough, as it was a 195 km (121 mi) mountain stag, and the rain made it no better for the contestants. Joaquim Rodriguez was the ultimate winner of this stage, taking a well deserved victory, while Chris Froome held on to his position, thanks to the remarkable aid of his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas.
After an incident on stage 14 where a spectator located on the side of the track presumably threw the British competitor Chris Froome, a bag of urine at his face, accusing him of being a â€˜doperâ€™, the ASO and the UCI asked the fans for respect to each competitor. The news flew and the media has been attacking the British leader ever since, even when the pertinent tests have shown that the cyclist is clean. On his behalf, Chris Froome has affirmed that it may be due to the bad publicity he has received by the media all along. Nevertheless, Froome remains one of the favourites to win the Tour.
The Team of Giant-Alpecin had quite a moment when the German cyclist Simon Geschke obtained the victory in stage 17; he has been regarded by the media as favourite, not because of his skills, but because of his well-groomed beard and overall look. His fans have named him the â€˜hipsterâ€™ and he has surely caught the attention of his female admirers.
Ever since stage 1 of the race, the breakaways have been formed by a quite significant number of riders, and thisÂ continued to change since the journey from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire has many different trails that could very possibly turn the race upside down. The group taking the start was composed by 161 riders that took a head start. Vincenzo Nibali sure took the camerasâ€™ attention when he won the Alpine queen stage, although Chris Froome managed to keep his yellow jersey at the end of the Alpe dâ€™Huez.
It has been a last few days of emotions in the 2015 Tour de France competition and stakeâ€™s are, it will be so to the end. Make sure to stay tuned and not miss a single detail on this 102nd edition.