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.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - #TdWTF Cav & Bernie

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.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - LL Say WTF?!

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.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Pierre Rolland

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.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Rolland Speaks With The Bunch

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:

Guess I can quit the internet now.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Rolland Takes Off

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

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Petra And Jens

Apparently Jens is also in this shot. All I see is Petra. *sigh*

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Not Close At All

Gautier and a moto—not close at all.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Gilbert Mean Mugging

Gilbert mean muggin’ at #TheFrenchness. Pourquoi?

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Cav Alone

This is just surreal. Cavendish leading the peloton on the descent.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Wiggins On Radio

“What’s Froome doing *right now*?!”

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Sagan Pass

Epic #SagzPass on the descent. Tittay signer knows how to ride bikes.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - Sanchez Wins

LL Sanchez takes a well deserved win for a decimated Rabobank team.

Tour in Microdose: No Pun Intended - BMC Thanks

BMC thanks Sky and Liquigas for waiting for Cadel.