If you’re going to become a king of the road, you’ve got to ride your first Tour de France sometime. A daunting prospect, but with the Vuelta a España or perhaps the Giro d’Italia offering a less stressful and well-trodden path to a first Grand Départ, going in blind isn’t a requirement. Sometimes though, it’s just what happens. This July there are a total of 13 riders taking part in what is not only their first Tour de France, but also their first ever Grand Tour.
When Philippe Thys finally reached the summit of the Col d’Izoard in the 1922 Tour de France, the Belgian would have stopped, but only to change gear and perhaps take on a drink. Then he would have remounted for the treacherous descent to Briançon, where he would register his fourth of five stage wins that year.
Here’s a question: what would you do if you attacked from the gun on a 207km Tour de France stage and the peloton let you go — on your own? That was the situation Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) found himself in during today’s fourth stage from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel. He admits the thought of a day spent alone battling a cross-headwind on tough, rolling roads wasn’t exactly the plan, but there was no going back once he found himself out front.
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