Tour De France Week 1 Results
Last Saturday, the Tour de France kicked off with the prologue circling the beautiful city of Strasbourg. To prepare properly for this type of timed event, the riders had to put some warm up time in on the stationary trainer to get their engines fired up. Focusing on warming up their motors properly, the riders tuned into their favorite music to block out all the distractions of the massive crowds. Many riders, such as Floyd Landis and David Millar warmed up to their favorite music through Oakley’s latest creation O ROKR™, which pairs up with stereo Bluetooth enabled iPod’s. THUMP 2 were the choice for Thor Hushovd as he took the win of the day and earned himself the coveted yellow leaders jersey. Other favorites such as Yaroslav Popovych, Haimar Zubeldia, Cadel Evans, Laurent Brochard and Carlos Sastre were all revved up wirelessly as well for the start of a long month on the roads circling around France.
After the prologue, the tour had officially begun and then headed west to the roads of the infamous Spring Classics. The peloton raced thru the lumpy, bumpy roads of Luxembourg, through the Netherlands and back into France. With the constant light conditions changing from exposed roads to the dark forests, several Oakley team riders were happy to have the help of High Definition Optics (HDO®) powered by Transitions photochromic technology. The main advantage for the riders, is not worrying about which lenses to start the race with, as the lens automatically adapt to the light as it changes, giving the riders full sight of the obstacles ahead. George Hincapie (USA) had the first major advantage in stage one by seeing an opportunity through his famous White Racing Jackets to steal some time in an intermediate sprint earning him the yellow jersey. Other riders such as Robbie Mc Ewen ( Australia), Cadel Evans ( Australia), Carlos Sastre ( Spain) and Laurent Brochard ( France) are also equipped with Half Jackets powered by Transitions lenses. We will need to wait for the mountain stages to see them in action.
With one week down, the peloton has spanned the entire top of France and is currently beginning its journey down the coast to the mountains of Spain. After five stages here are the results:
Prologue: Thor Hushovd (Norway) won and took the first yellow jersey.
Stage One: Jimmy Casper (France) won stage one and wore the green Jersey the following day.
Stage One: George Hincapie (USA) After finishing second at the prologue by less than a fraction of a second ,George saw an opportunity to win the yellow jersey and took it giving him the honor to wear it for Stage 2.
Stage One: Benoit Vaugrenard (France) took the best young rider jersey after the second day and has worn it ever since.
Stages 2,4 and 6: Robbie McEwen (Australia) Robbie’s explosive power and precision timing now has claimed three stage wins (and counting…) Robbie is now in the Green jersey as overall sprint points leader.
As the peloton moves on thru the next week, look for favorites such as George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Christophe Moreau, Bobby Julich, Carlos Sastre, Cadel Evans, David Millar, Iban Mayo and Michael Rogers to steal some time from the sprinters in the time trial on Saturday and even more when they hit the mountains on Thursday.