With no building in Corsica big enough to host 2,000 journalists from 560 different outlets, including 75 photo agencies, 85 TV channels and 50 radio stations, a floating press centre has been arranged for the three stages on the island.
They all went swimmingly, and on Thursday we heard Andy Schleck talk about his ‘crisis,’ Alberto Contador suggest that last year’s Tour was boring, Mark Cavendish reveal that he keeps his collection of jerseys in a cupboard (“Where do you keep all your jerseys, Mark? In a cupboard?” “Yeah. In a cupboard.”), before Chris Froome dropped a bombshell: he wants to win this Tour.
What did it all mean? Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore mull it over and discuss early impressions of Corsica. There is also an exclusive interview with Tim Kerrison, Team Sky’s performance support manager, or ‘guru’ as Bradley Wiggins calls him. And Owen Slot of The Times, who rode the three Corsica stages at the start of the week, tells us what to expect from the opening days.
We’ll also discuss the teams’ presentation on Thursday evening that took place in Porto Vecchio, the tiny town in the south-east of the island that will also host Saturday’s first stage start. The Tour has certainly visited bigger places…