Stage1-Main

The sprint to the finish at the end of Stage 1.

Finally the talking is over and the Tour de France is underway.

Actually, the talking is not over. Not on the podcast, anyway.

 

But it is a relief to be talking about the race, finally, and what has happened rather than what might happen.

And, as it happened, quite a lot happened on day one.

It was, as expected, one for the sprinters. The 213km stage headed up the flat roads of the eastern flank of Corsica, from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, hugging the coastline and passing some glorious golden beaches.

All was going well and looking good for Mark Cavendish, whose Omega Pharma-Quick-step team controlled much of the stage, until a team bus intervened, becoming stuck under the finish banner and blocking the road… Expect a rash of ‘Tour de Farce’ headlines in Sunday’s papers.

Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe discuss an interesting and unusual day, with gossip from the start and reaction to events on the road… And there’s a short interview with Sir Dave Brailsford, principal for Team Sky, explaining the team that’s been picked to support the Tour favourite, Chris Froome.

This was recorded before the start but, with the events of day one, proved prescient.


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 Listen to previous podcasts below:

The Tour de France Podcast 2013: Preview

The Tour de France Podcast 2013: Episode 2

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