Tour de France 2013: Bad crashes and cookery courses - on the road with the Tour’s riders

Alasdair Fotheringham recalls the early bus stop, Thomas’ remarkable bravery and the power play that put Froome in yellow

Best mountain attack

It has to be Chris Froome on France’s toughest climb, the Mont Ventoux. Remaining seated, he dropped cycling’s finest and effectively won the Tour.

Cheesiest TV introduction

French TV’s pre-Tour coverage featured cookery classes on how to make quiches, live from the start line. Makes you wonder what they have for the Six Nations – baking baguettes?

Gutsiest rider

Earned hands down by Sky’s Geraint Thomas for riding through the Tour with a cracked pelvis. “My mum wants me to stop,” he admitted, but the Cardiff rider made it to Paris.

Unluckiest Brit

David Millar came within a whisker of taking another yellow jersey 13 years after he first wore yellow, but just missed out.

Most famous team bus

Orica-GreenEdge unintentionally got their bus stuck under the stage one finishing canopy. Not the ideal start for the Australian team, or the centenary Tour.

Classiest stage win

Joint award. Dan Martin after his gutsy attack 30km from the finish in the Pyrenees on stage eight and Mark Cavendish after Saxo-Tinkoff and Cav’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad ripped the race apart on stage 13.

Nastiest crash

France’s best overall hope, Jean-Christophe Péraud, broke his left collarbone in a training crash on the course of the stage 17 time trial in the morning. He decided to race on nonetheless, and then slammed into the tarmac at 80kmh with the same shoulder taking all the impact.

Best stopover

A hotel perched in Asco, a village at the top of a 30km climb through a valley gorge in one of the remotest corners of Corsica. The usual overnight Tour stopover in a grubby chain hotel in an anonymous industrial estate could, for once, be forgotten.

Most surreal spectators

Somewhere deep in Corsica’s mountain ranges, 30 or so bright pink fluffy life-size model turtles, complete with price labels, gazed at the TV cameras in a long line from the roadside. Strange beyond words.

Best freebie

In recession-struck France, gone are the days of towns giving us Tour journos bottles of brandy, tennis balls or flower-shaped vibrators all the better to remember them by. A bright yellow plastic belt from the Alpe d’Huez ski station, this year’s most generous offering, just doesn’t hit anybody’s spot – alcoholic, sporting or the more personal type – in the same way.

And the bonus prize goes to...

The 2013 Tour route. Challenging, well-balanced, neither overly mountainous nor too favourable for the time triallists. More of the same in 2014, please.

Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want it for the fitness tech, or for the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
News
Astronauts could be kept asleep for days or even weeks
scienceScientists are looking for a way to keep astronauts in a sleeplike state for days or weeks
Sport
Fabian Delph celebrates his goal
footballChristian Benteke and Fabian Delph turn semi-final after Liverpool goal
Life and Style
Model wears: top £29.50, leggings £25, jacket £29.50, bag £25, all marksandspencer.com
fashion
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The new-look Top of the Pops could see Fearne Cotton returns as a host alongside Dermot O'Leary
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Implementation Executive

£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Chiropractic Assistant

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive - Midlands

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...

Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace