Up Pompeii! reference to Frankie Howerd's Lurcio, even though I'm sure Woolwich educated Frankie would approve of a prologue on London Pride day. (Also I just had to include an image)
although it is nothing to do with Italy it is strange that this year
both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia have decided to start from
the Netherlands (who actually may well be still partying like
Brazilians after knocking the 6 times winners out of the World Cup). Oooh noo, please, it's wicked to mock the afflicted!
it is that time of year that the French all head off on holiday, but
these days on certain of their roads they are being joined by the
Spanish, Dutch, Italians, Americans, Australians, Kazachs, Luxembourgers
and of course a growing contingent of Brits amongst others.
So instead of tulips in Amsterdam, as the Giro started, Le Tour kicks off in Rotterdam. Here is the route.
The other glorious thing is that little Freeview box is enough to get
me live coverage whenever I can get back in time to see it. As every
stage will be having some live coverage on ITV4. Seeing as there are
more Brits taking part that the last time we had a British national team
in the field. We have British Team Sky headed by Bradley Wiggins
who equaled the best British performances last year. And the winningest
Brit in any tour with six stages last year Mark Cavendish going for
Green with his impressive HTC-Columbia train.
Other Brits taking part are David Millar (Garmin Transitions), Charlie Wegelius (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummins (both Team Sky), Daniel Lloyd and Jeremy Hunt (both Cervélo)
titter ye not, the Tour de France to mark the 100th Anniversary of its
first mountain stages is starting in the flattest country in Europe.