Stage 3: Kittel the Giant conquers London
As the Tour de France ended its sojourn on British roads the Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar discusses the third stage, from Cambridge to London, and looks back on the three memorable days of the Grand Départ.
It was once again Marcel Kittel’s day as he won his second stage, sprinting down the Mall for a relatively straightforward victory, with Peter Sagan second.
The podcast team of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe look at Kittel’s dominance and they have an exclusive interview with a key member of his lead-out train, Koen de Kort.
In forensic detail, the Dutchman talks us through each rider’s role, from the diesel engines who spend hours on the front of the peloton keeping the breakaway within catching distance, to the road captain, Roy Curvers, who makes tactical decisions (with de Kort revealing that the crowds in Britain made it diffiult to hear Curvers’ instructions), to the fast men who set up the sprint for Kittel in the finale.
As Kittel’s sometime lead-out man, de Kort has a unique perspective: “Being a lead-out man is something completely different to being a sprinter. It’s a very specific role; it’s really about taking care of someone else.
“It’s like driving around with a trailer,” de Kort continued. “You have to make sure he’s still following you. You can’t just go through gaps because you need to make sure someone behind you can fit as well.”
There is also an interview with Lampre-Merida manager Brent Copeland and our first pédaleur de charme award of the 2014 Tour.
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