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DAY 19 - Geraint Thomas, the Super-Domestique

Geraint Thomas MBE, is the Welsh Pro rider who has been described as Chris Froome's super domestic in this year's Tour de France. Along with Richie Porte they have provided Froome with incredible pace setting, protection in the mountains and managed to fend off attacks from Froome's main rivals to make sure his yellow jersey is defended. By riding so well Thomas has found himself in 4th position in the GC, and with 2 more stages in the mountains there is a distinct possibility he could find himself on the podium in Paris. At 29 Geraint isn't new to the sport, but his committed part in Team Sky this year has thrown him into the spotlight as one of the best...

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DAY 17 - The King of the Mountains

The polka dot jersey or 'King of the Mountains' classification goes to the rider with the most points gained on categorised climbs throughout the Tour de France. Each key climb within the race is ranked over 5 categories, from 1-4 (4 being the hardest) and the ultimate Hors Category, which is so tough it's un-categorised. Prior to the stage the riders are given the below information which categorises the climbs on each stage so they know where the points can be gained, and can work out how many are at stake at each point.   Mountain climbs were introduced in the Tour de France in 1910, when the route went over the Col d'aubisque and the Col de Tourmalet in...

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21 days of the Tour de France - The rest day

With 9 days of racing behind them the peloton enjoys the first of its 2 rest days today. Here at Bon Courage we thought we would have a look at what goes on. For most people who had cycled 1340km in the last 9 days, you would expect a long lie in, some lounging by the hotel pool and definitely a day off the bike, but sadly for the rider the ‘rest day’ is really just a lighter version of their race routine of riding bikes and press commitments. The day normally starts with a 2-3 hour training ride at a high intensity which gives the cyclists a chance to flush the lactic acid out of their legs and keep...

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DAY 8 - National Champions in the Tour de France

On Thursday we saw Tony Martin win his first yellow jersey, having raced in 7 Tour de Frances. Tragically it didn’t last very long as he had to withdraw from the race after a bad crashed shattered his collar bone. Despite being 12 seconds in front of the other race leaders, out of respect, Chris Froome chose not to start in yellow yesterday. Tradition plays a large and important part of the Tour de France, the wearing of national and world champion jerseys is one them. These are the rainbow striped tops you see on a few riders in each stage. The World Champions in both road racing and time trials wear their rainbow jerseys whenever they are racing in that particular...

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