Topbike Riders out of town TDF Tour 1 2012 11 Jul 2012

Poolside in Sommieres is my Office

July 11, Stage 10: Mâcon - Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194.5km

Voeckler wins from breakaway in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine


  1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 4:46:26
  2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:03
  3. Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:07

General classification after Stage 10

  1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 43:59:02
  2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53
  3. Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:07
  4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23

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Topbike on Tour - Tour de France Tour 1 10 Jul 2012

Arc et Senans is my Office

July 9, Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans - Besançon (ITT) 41.5km

Wiggins crushes time trial in Besançon

Team Sky stamps authority on Tour de France (from - a corny headline, but true)

Cadel produced a good TT today, but Wiggins showed up with something exceptional, well done to him, and his teammate Christopher Froome, who placed second.

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TDF 2012 Stage 7 - Topbike Riders in the poppies 07 Jul 2012

Nancy is my Office

July 7, Stage 7: Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Filles 199km

Froome leads double Sky success on La Planche des Belles Filles

Wiggins takes the overall lead  (Let him have it, we only need Cadel to have one day in yellow - same as last year)

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Stage 5 - Todays Breakaway of four at 70k in 05 Jul 2012

Normandy, land of no rurally located Bars, is my Office

July 5, Stage 5: Rouen - Saint-Quentin 196.5km

Greipel doubles up on Tour de France stage 5


  1. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team     4:41:30
  2. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
  3. Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

General classification after stage 5


  1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 24:45:32
  2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
  3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
  4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:11
  6. Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13
  7. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17
  8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18
  9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp
  10. Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19

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Stage 4 - Simon Gerrans  - TDF 2012 04 Jul 2012

Connelles is my Office

July 4, Stage 4: Abbeville - Rouen 214.5km

Greipel wins Tour de France stage in Rouen

  1. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 5:18:32
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
  3. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
  4. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
  5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
  6. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

In Paris last night we had dinner with 'Scrymo', who put together the women's cycling team 'Specialized Lululemon' from the ashes of HTC Highroad. They have 13 riders on their roster, and 10 of them are going to represent their respective countries at the London olympics. We wish them all the best.

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Tour de France - in miniature 03 Jul 2012

Sommieres is my Office

July 2, Stage 2: Visé - Tournai 207.5km

Cavendish claims first Tour de France stage win of 2012

  1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:56:59
  2. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
  3. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team

General classification after Stage 2 Result

  1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 10:02:31
  2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
  3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep

Mark Caviar report
I can only minimally climb, go round corners, sprint, or speak French, but on one of those counts I'm still way ahead of the Black Cavendish.

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Topbike Riders warm-up for Tourmalet and the TDF 01 Jul 2012

Horquette d'Anzican is my Office

June 30, Prologue: Liège (ITT) 6.4km

Cancellara wins 2012 Tour de France prologue in Liège

  1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:07:13
  2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
  3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Skippy report:

Boy, I've got some work to do here with 12 skips in the peloton. Our best was Burt (Brett) Lancaster, who came in in 6th place, not too shabby, considering many were going for the win today. Cadel is about 9 seconds behind Wiggins, which is ok, all the others finished. After Richie Porte started, there were too many french riders on the course for him to get any camera action, but he finished as 3rd skip. Matty Lloyd, from my own cycling club, St Kilda, came in 3rd last, but he's a climber anyway, so nothing to worry about. Repeat after me, all together now 'It's a long way to Paris'.

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TDF Climbs - Looking toward Alpe d'Huez 29 Jun 2012

Tour de France ... Better than Christmas

Tour de France 2012 Preview

Twelve skinny Australians are starting the world's biggest cycling event this weekend. They are hosted by seven different teams, although one of them hosts nearly half of that contingent. One of them also wears the coveted number one, but he is a lone 'skip' on his squad.

Can Australia win the Tour de France?

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This is so typical of Sicily 22 Jun 2012

Italian Seatbelts, Driving, Hospital Reports etc

Seatbelt report from the 90’s

Back in the late 90’s I spent a summer in a small town, just south of Rome, Lenola, for those who need this sort of info. The town has a population of approx 5,000, and everyone who went there before me was related to someone in town, so I take the claim as their first tourist. Which is all irrelevant to this little story, so I’ll get back on track. The family of a friend of mine owned an old Fiat ‘town car’, never garaged, dints in every panel, rarely washed or filled to full. The front CV joints complained loudly if the steering wheel was pulled more than 45’ off straight ahead, and you would think twice before getting in, if you were sporting a clean white shirt. You know the type of car I mean.

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