Flying the Flag: The 100th Edition of the Tour de France

25
Jun
2013
Photo courtesy of cyclingweekly.co.uk

Photo courtesy of cyclingweekly.co.uk

With less than a week before the start of the 100th edition of Le Grande Boucle, there is a group of excited riders who will proudly be donning new spangly kit after winning their national championship

There isn’t enough screen space on the interweb superhighway to fully describe all of the reasons that people look forward to the start of each new edition of the Tour de France, and for many a great reason to get excited is to see so many of the newly crowned national champions racing together.  And as a self-confessed ‘kit bitch’ I get very excited by seeing the new colours and designs of kits that trickle through the peloton.  [Ed. - Can I say 'bitch' on LTB!?!? Ah nuts!  That's twice!]

Men’s RR champion 2013-2014 Womens’s RR champion 2013-2014
Australia Luke Durbridge (Orica-Greenedge)* Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS)*
Austria Riccardo Zoidl (Gourmetfein Simplon) Andrea Graus (Team Vienne Futuroscope)
Belgium Stijn Devolder (Radioshack-Leopard) Liesbet De Vocht (Rabobank-Liv Giant)
Belarus Andrei Krasilnikau Alena Amialiusik
Canada Zach Bell (Champion System) Joelle Numainville (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Colombia Walter Pedraza -
Croatia Robert Kišerlovski (Radioshack-Leopard) -
Czech Jan Barta (Netapp-Endura) Martina Sáblíková (Etixx-IHNED)
Denmark Michael Mørkøv (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) Kamilla Sofie Vallin (Team Rytger)
Eritrea Meron Teshome Wehazit Kidane
Estonia Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) Liisi Rist
Finland - -
France Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) Elise Delzenne
Germany André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon)
Great Britain Mark Cavendish (OPQS) Lizzie Armitstead (Dolmans Boels)
Greece Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi) -
Hungary Krisztián Lovassy (Utensilnord) Diána Szurominé Pulsfort
Ireland Matthew Brammeier (Champion System) Melanie Späth (Team Tibco)
Italy Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) Dalia Muccioli (BePink)
Japan Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) Eri Yonamine (Team Forza)
Kazakhstan Alexander Dyachenko (Astana) -
Latvia Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) -
Lithuania Tomas Vaitkus (Orica-Greenedge) Agne Silinyte (Pasta Zara-Cogeas-Manhattan)
Luxembourg Bob Jungels (Radioshack-Leopard) Christine Majerus
Netherlands Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv Giant)
New Zealand Hayden Roulston (Radioshack-Leopard)* Courteney Lowe (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) *
Norway Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing) Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Hitec Products)
Poland Michał Kwiatkowski (OPQS) Eugenia Bujak
Portugal Joni Brandao (Efapel) -
Russia Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha) Svetlana Stolbova
Rwanda Gasore Hategeka -
Slovakia Peter Sagan (Cannondale) Alzbeta Pavlendova
Slovenia Luka Pibernik (Radenska) Polona Batagelj (Polet)
South Africa Jay Thomson (MTN-Qhubeka) * Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Lotto-Belisol) *
Spain Jesus Herrada (Movistar) Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Bizkaia-Durango)
Sweden Michael Olsson (Team People4you) Emilia Fahlin (Hitec Products)
Switzerland Michael Schär (BMC Racing) Doris Schweizer
Turkey Nazım Bakırcı (Torku seker Spor) -
Ukraine Denys Kostyuk (Kolss) Lelizaveta Oshurkova
USA Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly)* Jade Wilcoxson (Optum – Kelly Benefit Strategies)*
Venezuela Eduin Becerra Danielys García

* result from earlier in the year.

There are some particularly exciting new national champions in that list. Mark Cavendish, Johnny Hoogerland, Arthur Vichot and Jan Barta…all riders who ordinarily have it cranked up to 11 will be eager to please the crowds in their flashy new national colours, and where better to do that than at the Tour.  There’s sure to be some purdy designs too, and the first week of Tour commentary is usually centered around the good, the bad and the ugly!

Let us know what you think about the new champs over the coming weeks and enjoy the Tour, whether you are there in person or glued to the television.

VIVE LE TOUR

Stevie

(2013-14 RR Champion table courtesy of inrng.com)

 

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