Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended July 16, 2012 Latest, Le Tour, Shorts 6 Official Tour de WTF What started as humdrum affair with the peloton allowing a break to gain 15+ minutes ended up being one of the crazier Tour de WTF stages in recent memory. Actually the cray started much earlier with Peter Sagan getting into the break. Honestly, I didn’t even realize he was up the road, I thought the French cameras simply couldn’t tear themselves away from their new love who was ensconced in the peloton. The #TdWTF continued as Cavendish and Eisel were leading the grupetto peloton to the foot of the final climb. I realize the pace wasn’t exactly blistering, but still. A true #TdWTF moment as Cav and his man-shadow lead the peloton at the foot of the Mur. Ladies Love Sanchez had his own #TdWTF moment as he was caught and gapped by an unbelievable Sagan. The look LL gave Peter as he passed was priceless. LL say WTF?! When WTF Gets Serious Tacks. Why did it have to be tacks? Indiana Jones reference aside, that was a perfect opportunity for Wiggins to redirect his bone-idledness rage. To his credit, he donned the Fred Perry “Patron” collection maillot today, negating the stage after Cadel Evans punctured 128 times. It should be noted, NBC Cycling’s coverage missed all 128. Just over the summit, Pierre Rolland pops off the front. An incredibly malicious act, the tacks tragically sent Astana rider Robert Kiserlovski to the hospitalwith a broken clavicle—his Tour is over. Cadel, however, made it safely back to the group but not before a newly bone-idled Pierre Rolland decided to take advantage of the situation. First attempt looked innocuous enough—he couldn’t have known. However, once Sky and Wiggins caught him it definitely looked as though he was apprised of the situation. Rolland is caught by Sky and is clearly seen speaking with several members of the bunch. Then he took off again with a Sky rider dismissively waving his hand in disgust at the Frenchman. I had a different interpretation of the situation which turned out to be my 140 character Bieber moment: Maybe Rolland misunderstood Cadel yelling, “A tack! A tack!” #tdf12 — Cycleboredom (@Cycleboredom) July 15, 2012 Guess I can quit the internet now. Rolland attacks much to the disgust of a Sky rider. The #dramadoping didn’t end there. As Cadel flatted at the top of the Mur de Péguère, he shouted to his young charge Tejay Van Garderen to stop. TGV, of course, didn’t stop even though he clearly heard his name called. I say of course because it falls perfectly in line with the Wiggo/Froome storyline. Screencap Leftovers Apparently Jens is also in this shot. All I see is Petra. *sigh* Gautier and a moto—not close at all. Gilbert mean muggin’ at #TheFrenchness. Pourquoi? This is just surreal. Cavendish leading the peloton on the descent. “What’s Froome doing *right now*?!” Epic #SagzPass on the descent. Tittay signer knows how to ride bikes. LL Sanchez takes a well deserved win for a decimated Rabobank team. BMC thanks Sky and Liquigas for waiting for Cadel.