Yep, Wiggins and Froome both use O-symmetric rings. And Wiggins' shoes are Bont Zeros, which use an aero lace cover, hence the odd look.
Tour owners ASO asked teams to bring yellow helmets to denote the leaders of the Team GC category; it wasn't a requirement. Sky opted to honor the request; RSNT did not. I personally am happy they didn't; I think it's a terrible look for everyone other than the maillot jaune.
Rick: Next rest day is Tuesday.
To All: Caley is having some difficulties withe Le Scribble:
Which breakaway rider will launch over the Cat. 3 Côte d'Ardoix?
Here's a reminder of the riders who have been on their own at the front of the stage since the 100km mark: Millar (GBR) Garmin-Sharp, Martinez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi, Peraud (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale, Kiserlovski (CRO) Astana, and Gautier (FRA) Europcar.
Caley says: In response to the helmet question, this isn't a rule that's laid out in the Tour rules. It's a suggestion from the ASO that riders wear the yellow helmets.
Also, RadioShack has obviously chosen to ignore the suggestion.
(caley's internet is giving him some trouble. this is common in the press room where we pay 100 bucks for a month of internet).
Travis: Doubtful. The roads of Le Tour are complete chaos.
Millar, Neal. I often say the things I'd like to see happen. They seldom happen.
World champion Mark Cavendish is bringing bottles up from the Sky team car and passing them to his teammates. Pretty cool to see the rainbow jersey in a role like that.
From LeTour.fr: The cote d'Ardoux is a 5.9km long ascent with an average gradient of 3.4 percent. It is rated category-three and the top is at the 18.5km to go mark.
The five escapees have started to ride up the climb just as the peloton crosses the Rhône to arrive in the Ardeche.
Actually, I paid 600 euros for a month of Wifi, so it would be fast enough to upload photos and videos. Highway robbery!
Neal, I won't be surprised to see Kiserlovski strike the first match on the Ardoix. 'Tis the Astana way.
How about Thor Hushovd leading out Tyler Farrar in sprints in 2011? I was at Tirreno-Adriatico with VN photo director Brad Kaminski when he did it for the first time. Now that was a strange sight.
From LeTour.fr: The most recent stage finish of the Tour de France on Friday the 13th was in 2007 when Tom Boonen beat Oscar Freire and Erik Zabel in a sprint in Bourg-en-Bresse.
Ian, shoes are a very personal choice, so teams don't usually go with one mandatory shoe sponsor. If they do have a shoe sponsor, you'll often see riders in re-badged versions of their own personal favorite.
The wrong shoe can cause injuries, so it's not something that teams push.
@Ian Wilson For pro racers, a few items, such as shoes and sunglasses, are open to individual sponsorships. As Caley said, shoe preference is very subjective.
I remember back in 2007, riding for Team CSC, Dave Zabriskie left the Tour early, and blamed Bjarne Riis for forcing him to wear Sidi shoes when they didn't work for his body.
You'll see one U.S. Continental team's riders sporting bright yellow shoes or equally bright yellow shoe covers.
Peloton is 5km from the summit of Cote d'Ardoux
From LeTour.fr: Escapees at the top of Cote d'Ardoix. The points for the final climb of the stage were won by:
1. Kieserlovski (AST) 2pt
2. Peraud (ALM) 1pt
Thomas, mine are blue and white Vans today. Matt is in Rainbow flip flops, sticking out as an American like a sore thumb. Just so you know.
@Rick Current average speed is 32.4kph
From LeTour.fr: There is a little more than 5km separating the leaders and the peloton that is now led by Boasson Hagen. This translates to 11'35" in time.
@Phil Yep, those in the fight for the green jersey will gobble up what remaining points are on the line. Every point counts.