I’d be crying too if I were Mark. He’s taken a lot of flak from fellow riders, and from cycling fans who wonder if he’s still got “the legs”. Apparently he does and he won decisively over rival Thor Hushovd. It wasn’t even close. He stood on the podium crying big fat tears of joy and went on to shake hands with the Tour dignitaries, crying all the way.
It was a very hot day, but it was dry and flat, so no more nasty crashes. The peloton wound its way across the Seine through some of the most beautiful countryside in France, past endless fields of sunflowers, chateaux like the famous Fontainebleu; and abbeys, some in ruins like the Abbaye Notre Dame de Preuilly, others carefully restored and still in use today, such as the Collégiale Notre Dame et Saint-Loup in Montereau-Fault-Yvonne.
Here’s a short guide to watching the Tour de France on the Internet. I don’t have a TV because I hate TV so I watch everything online.
- Watch the Japanese live stream because it has the highest quality video. All TV programs in Japan are in high definition, unlike in other countries where the TVs are high-def but the programs are not broadcast in high-def.
- Turn off the audio on the Japanese live stream, but click on an audio feed in your language.
- I also like to watch the French TV channel, France 2, if the Japanese live stream does not come through, or to use the audio from the French channel because you learn a lot about French history, geography and architecture from the French commentators. They tell you about Napoleon’s stay in Montereau, the history of the chateau of Fontainebleu and more. And you get to improve your command of the French language.
- The English commentary is very good too, with its own brand of English humor, which I like, but warning: it is interrupted by too many ads!
- Ads on France 2 are funnier especially the ones for AG2R. Hysterical!
Results at end of Stage 5:
Fabian Cancellara keeps the maillot jaune.
Thor Hushovd keeps the green jersey.
Jerome Pineau is in the red peas jersey.