Tour de France 2017 | Étape 2

L’étape

The second étape started in Düsseldorf (Germany) and the finish line was set in Liège, 206km – 128 miles on the road. The weather was not much better than the day before at the time trial and some 30km before the finish there was a crash in the peloton but with no big serious effects for the favorites.

La finale

The second stage and first sprint route is won by Marcel Kittel (QST). This is his video at the finish.

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Published on 2 Jul 2017

The 2017 Tour de France starts for the 1st time from Düsseldorf in Germany.
From Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 23rd of July 2017, the 104th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3 521 kilometers.

Stage 2 – (Düsseldorf / Liège)

More information on:
http://www.letour.fr
https://www.facebook.com/letour
https://twitter.com/letour
https://www.instagram.com/letourdefrance

Official Hashtag: #TDF2017

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Winner:

Marcel Kittel (QST)

Les cyclistes

The top 20 of cyclists at the finish in my virtual cyclists team on Scorito and AD Wielerspel. In Italic and bold the nine cyclists I chose for the day.

My team and their finish…

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Tour de France 2017 | Étape 1

L’étape

The first étape (stage) started in Düsseldorf (Germany) and was a short Time Trial stage of 14km – 8.7 miles. It was very rainy and several accidents happened. Sadly Alejandro Valverde fell so badly that he is heavily injured and going into recovery.

La finale

The first time trial of this Tour de France edition is won by Geraint Thomas (SKY). This is his video at the finish.

YouTube Description

Published on 1 Jul 2017

The 2017 Tour de France starts for the 1st time from Düsseldorf in Germany.
From Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 23rd of July 2017, the 104th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3 521 kilometers.

Stage 1 – (Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf)

More information on:
http://www.letour.fr
https://www.facebook.com/letour
https://twitter.com/letour
https://www.instagram.com/letourdefrance

Official Hashtag: #TDF2017

© Amaury Sport Organisation – http://www.aso.fr

Category: Sports

Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Winner:

Geraint Thomas (SKY)

Les cyclistes

The top 20 of cyclists at the finish in my virtual cyclists team on Scorito and AD Wielerspel. In Italic and bold the nine cyclists I chose for the day.

My team and their finish…

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Tour de France 2017 | Prologue

Prologue of the Tour de France 2017

Tomorrow start the first stage of the 21 Tour de France stages of 2017! I am looking forward to all the stages and to who will surprise and who will not surprise the crowd this year.

Sadly the Giro winner of this year, the Dutch Tom Dumoulin, is not participating in this years’ Tour de France edition, but maybe he will take part next year and will maybe be the follow-up of Chris Froome.

During these three weeks I will also be reading the autobiography of Chris Froom: ‘The Climb: The Autobiography’. 

Scorito Selection

There is one very popular app where you can select a team of cyclists that will probably score points in the Tour de France 2017. You get a virtual budget of €51.000.000 and every cyclist in the database has a value based on their skills and accomplishments in the last couple of years. You can select twenty cyclists in total for the whole tour and for every stage you select nine of those cyclists of which one is the leader of the day. These are all predictions and you have to make your selection for every stage complete prior to the start of the stage.

The official Tour de France 2017 map

Now you are wondering whom I have chosen to be in my Tour de France team of 2017.

The places from stage to stage

  • Stage 1: Düsseldorf (14 km, 8.7 miles)
  • Stage 2: Düsseldor to Liège (206 km, 128 miles)
  • Stage 3: Verviers to Longwy (202 km, 125.5 miles)
  • Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel (203 km, 126.1 miles)
  • Stage 5: Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles (160 km, 99.42 miles)
  • Stage 6: Vesoul to Troyes (216 km, 134.22 miles)
  • Stage 7: Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges (214 km, 132.97 miles)
  • Stage 8: Dôle to Station des Rousses (187 km, 116.20 miles)
  • Stage 9: Nantua to Chambéry (181 km, 112.47 miles)
  • Stage 10: Périgeuux to Bergerac (178 km, 110.6 miles)
  • Stage 11: Eymet to Pau (202 km, 125.5 miles)
  • Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes (214 km, 132.97 miles)
  • Stage 13: Saint-Girons to Foix (100 km, 62.14 miles)
  • Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez (181 km, 112.47 miles)
  • Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église to Le Puy-en-Velay (189 km, 117.44 miles)
  • Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isère (165 km, 102.5 miles)
  • Stage 17: La Mure to Serre-Chevalier (183 km, 113.7 miles)
  • Stage 18: Briançon to Izoard (178 km, 110.6 miles)
  • Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence (220 km, 136.7 miles)
  • Stage 20: Marseille (23 km, 14.29 miles)
  • Stage 21: Montgeron to Paris Champs-Élysées (105 km, 65.24)

The twenty cyclists

The cyclists I chose are sorted by team

  • Richie Porte (Team BMC)
  • Peter Sagan (Team BORA)
  • Rafal Majka (Team BORA)
  • Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
  • Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data)
  • Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha)
  • Rick Zabel (Team Katusha)
  • Maurits Lammertink (Team Katusha)
  • André Greipel (Team Lotto)
  • Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL)
  • Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL)
  • Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar)
  • Simon Yates (Team Orica)
  • Marcel Kittel (Team Quick-Step)
  • Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
  • Laurens ten Dam (Team Sunweb)
  • Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Luke Rowe (Team Sky)
  • Bauke Mollema (Team Trek)
  • Fabio Felline (Team Trek)

Who is gonna win the Tour de France 2017 do you think?

Greetings by Sophie

Rotterdam Sixdays Finals Event 2017

Last Tuesday I have been to the finals evening of the Rotterdam Sixdays of 2017. Also known in Dutch – officially – as ‘Zesdaagse van Rotterdam’. I have made a small video with the ‘Go Pro Quick’ application.

The video for a little impression

This is my official video on my personal Instagram account. – Reposted it as well on my blog account

What do you think of short – less than a minute – video?

The Event

This year it was the 35th edition of the ‘Zesdaagse van Rotterdam’ held in the stadium of the event venue ‘Ahoy Rotterdam’. It was a lovely evening and I hope the upper video has given you a bit of an impression of the track field. Surrounding the track field was the two floors high (in tribune parts) tribune, and surrounding that were several stands. Stands with food, drinks, bicycles and other cycling gear or organisations. In the middle of the track field was the V.I.P. area, I have never been there, but you could see they had their own luxurious kitchen and table corners for the businesses and of course the cyclists had their area in the V.I.P. field as well. The event has attracted nearly 35.000 people during the six days of cycling. And Matthijs Büchli has set a new track record: one round of 200m in 10.211 seconds! The previous record has been set by Jeffrey Hoogland with 10.273 last year (2016). He could not improve that but Matthijs Büchli did it surprisingly!

The winners of the ‘Zesdaagse van Rotterdam: Lassen Norman Hansen and Jesper Mørkøv, 2nd place | Roger Kluge and Christian Grasmann, 1st place | Wim Stroetinga and Dylan van Baarle, 3rd place. Congrats to them all!

Photo and Dutch article by the organisation with the winners here: Dutch Article

Have you ever been to a track cycling event?

Greetings by Sophie

The Olympic Games Rio 2016 – List overview

Yesterday I have made a sports poll –> The Olympic Games 2016 Rio – Sports Poll to ask people in which sports they are interested to watch. This sports poll can be filled until the 14th of August so until next sunday. If you did not vote yet, please do so. At the moment it counts already 48 votes.

The list

The Olympic Games Rio 2016 are divided in 28 sports, featuring 41 disciplines and 306 events. The sports I watch – …and the ones that still have to begin will be hopefully watching… – are (partly seen):

  • Aquatics
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
First gold medal 2016
Copyright AP – finish at the Copacabana

The Netherlands got their first gold medal of these Olympic Games at the Cycling Road Race for women. Anna van der Breggen has won the race in a fantastic final last km. Sadly her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten crashed in the last km’s by the descending of the last hill. She’s ok fortunately. Otherwise she would have won the gold medal. But those women are a team so Anna fixed it! The other teammembers are Marianne Vos (previous Olympic Champion of London 2012) and Ellen van Dijk. When maybe later the video of the incredible finish is online, I will write a little blog post about it.

Which sports will you be watching?

Greetings by Sophie

St. Nicholas 2015

Last weekend was the feast of St. Nicholas. The feast were according to the story the Saint – together with his helpers who are all named Piet – give gifts to children on the night of his birthday the 5th of december.

In The Netherlands there is a cultural diversity. Some families celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas in Dutch) and give at that moment presents to the children, but choose to don’t give presents at Christmas. Or some celebrate both with presents, or they only celebrate Christmas. The most important thing: let the children be happy! Have happy memories to remember.

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Woman and Bike | A Guide for the Cycling Woman – Marijn de Vries en Nynke de Jong

[NL – EN]

Mijn boek beoordeling van “Vrouw & Fiets – Handboek voor de fietsende vrouw” geschreven door Marijn de Vries & Nynke de Jong.

Titel: Vrouw & Fiets – Handboek voor de fietsende vrouw
Auteur: Marijn de Vries / Nynke de Jong
Genre: Sport
NUR: 480 = Sport en spel algemeen
Uitgever: L.J. Veen
Jaar 1e editie: 2011, maart, Amsterdam / Antwerpen
Jaar gelezen editie: 2011
Originele taal: Nederlands
Gelezen taal:
Nederlands
Boekversie:
Hardcover
Beoordeling: 
4/5 sterren

Achterkant:

Vrouwen fietsen anders dan mannen. Wij kletsen graag, hebben geen zin om bij elk plaatsnaambord onderweg een sprintje te trekken en voelen er al helemaal niks voor om urenlang op internet uit te zoeken welke wielen en welke frames het beste zijn. Wielrennen moet vooral leuk zijn, vinden wij. Je bent lekker buiten. Je komt nog eens ergens. Je boekt snel vooruitgang. En vooral: zeg maar dag tegen je cellulitis en hallo tegen je waanzinnig strakke bruine benen.

In dit boek kun je terecht voor beginnersvragen als: moet ik echt een stuk zeemleer tussen mijn benen? Blijf ik wel overeind op die dunnen bandjes? Is het niet eng om van een berg af te rijden? En hoe krijg ik bij het stoplicht mijn voet op tijd uit het pedaal? Of ben je zo’n vrouw die wel graag als eerste boven op de berg staat, of die uren bezig is met de meeste aerodynamische zithouding? Ook dan is ‘Vrouw & Fiets’ een onmisbaar boek voor jou, door de wieleradviezen van een echte prof.

Wielerliefhebster en toerfietsster Nynke de Jong en profwielrenster Marijn de Vries zetten het op een rijtje: alles wat je moet weten als je op de racefiets stapt.

De schrijfsters:

Nynke de Jong (1985) is tekstschrijfster en columniste voor Viva en de Leewarder Courant. Marijn de Vries (1978) is profwielrenster bij AA Drinks / Leontien.nl Cycling Team.

Mijn verhaal:

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The mindset of a cyclist

Think always positive or look for something positive. Every minus has a plus so also a bad wheater moment.

Velo Finds

…goes a long way.

successful_bike_commuter

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A few months ago I decided to change from sport. I have been a field hockeyplayer and goalkeeper for over twelve years and now it was time to do something else. I decided to start with the sport cycling. I became member of a cyclingclub here nearby and got a lot of advice. Of course I needed a suited bike as well to make a good start.

And this is my new bike:

Yes, I have to admit…I fell in love with the brand Bianchi which is an Italian brand that started in 1885. So this year is also it’s 130 years anniversary! Innovation, exclusiveness, quality, design and passion are the keywords that describe Bianchi!

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