vTdF – Stage 1 – Completed

Virtual Tour de France – Stage 1 – Rotterdam to Brussels – 223.5km

The Course: This stage takes us from Rotterdam (Netherlands) through the Dutch lowlands into Belgium, finishing in Brussels. This is an almost completely flat stage, but with some hazards including lots of traffic islands on the roads and very prevalent winds that could cause the peleton some problems.

The Race: The guts and determination award for this stage would have to go to Australia’s Adam Hansen of the HTC Columbia team. Hansen crashed at the 40km mark but not only rejoined the peleton, but led the peleton for 50km as HTC Columbia led the chase down of three riders. The end of the stage was carnage with many leading contenders involved in three different crashes in the last 2km of the race. Alessandro Pettachi (Lampre) won the sprint, with Fabian Cancellara hanging on to the yellow jersey.

vTdF Status: 232.4km completed, target completion date for this stage was January 14th, so 7 days ahead of schedule (obviously mainly due to the 120km last Sunday in Amy’s Ride).

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5 Responses to “vTdF – Stage 1 – Completed”

  1. Cammy@TippyToeDiet Says:

    Woo-hoo! So glad you didn’t get caught up in the crashes! 🙂

  2. chrisfit2009 Says:

    what site are you doing the vTdF through?

    • Andrew(AJH) Says:

      No site, got the idea from Pippa at http://pippasporch.wordpress.com, but just manually working out the details and the posts. Just thought it was a more interesting way to structure the goal, than saying 5,000km in the year like 2010. Actually works out to a tougher goal too (17+km per day as opposed to 13+km per day).

  3. Ewen Says:

    Andrew, stop. You’re making me tired already!

  4. Pippa Says:

    Catching up on my blog reading, otherwise I’d have congratulated you way earlier, Andrew. This is super AWESOME! (And I’m starting to feel really slow, heehee.) Great presentation and I like that you have date-goals, too. I think I’ll take a page from your book, because I’m lagging a bit. 😦

    Thanks for inspiring me again!

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