Oulipo, sprint, and red currant jam with goose down

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4E STEP: REIMS – NANCY, 213 KM

Between Binche and Epernay, July 8, 2019.
Between Binche and Epernay, July 8, 2019. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

You want to follow the Tour de France, but you do not have time to hit the five hours of live or the five minutes of daily summary? Chad Haga is for you. The 30-year-old American runner (156e to the general) holds, as last year for his first participation, the most concise chronicle of the Great Loop, under the hashtag #oversimpLeTour, which could be translated as "The ultra-simplified Tour". 200 kilometers told in fewer signs than that, an absurd and joyful brevity, a small oulipienne treat.

Here is the beginning of Tour 2019 in three sentences.

Stage 1, after Mike Teunissen's victory over the sprinters and the beard of pure sprinters, supposed to prepare the sprints for his leader Dylan Groenewegen: "The clash between all the fast guys was won by one of the assistants. "

Stage 2, after the demonstration of Jumbo-Visma (whose combination is yellow) in the team time trial, allowing Teunissen to remain first overall: "The guy in yellow is yellow, because it turns out that all guys in yellow are fast enough. "

Step 3, after the expected triumph of Julian Alaphilippe in the raids Champagne, Monday: "A guy who dominates this kind of terrain in normal times did exactly that, which makes him the new guy in yellow. " And you are up to date.

Read also Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe, imperial yellow

That said, except for his respect, in place of Chad Haga, we would rather summarize Monday's stage as follows: "The air of nothing, the best-shaped Frenchman of the Tour, glitters a little time on almost all his rivals. "

In the general euphoria of the alaphilipian feat, it took a little while to realize that Thibaut Pinot had crossed the line five seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Romain Bardet and Steven Kruijswijk, who were in bad side of a break.

Among the favorites, only Egan Bernal followed the climber of the Groupama-FDJ in the final. If the final podium is played at five seconds, we will remember this stage of Epernay.

In fact, whatever happens, we will remember this stage of Épernay.
In fact, whatever happens, we will remember this stage of Épernay. JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

After 1,821 days without having seen a French shoulder, the yellow jersey should now pass three on those of Julian Alaphilippe, until the cadors do not tear it off Thursday during the first explanation at high altitude, the board Beautiful girls. Thibaut Pinot will be the regional stage. He has legs. It will be beautiful.

Meanwhile, for the first time of the Tour 2019 on Tuesday, a stage does not start from Belgium, and the hundred and seventy-six riders from Binche the day before will be one hundred and seventy-six from Reims.

Unless they are only one hundred and seventy-five, because the Dane Kasper Asgreen, teammate of Julian Alaphilippe, had to be taken to the hospital on Monday after a nasty fall, which is hoped that he suffered less than his bike .

Parenthesis, nothing to do with the sauerkraut of the Tour de France, but since we are talking about a fall, see the rather innocuous one, which took place these days during a race on snow on the Deux-Duits ski resort. Alps.

After the fall of Brussels (less spectacular than the one above) which had disrupted their first attempt on Saturday, the sprinters are offered a second chance in Nancy, after 213 kilometers which promise once again to put in the spotlight our regions and the specialties of the terroir.

The 4e This stage takes us through the communes of Bouzy (km 17), which produces the northernmost of the French red wines, Bar-le-Duc (km 112), which produces red currant jam with goose down. or Commercy (km 150), which produces madeleines. At km 64, the peloton will cross Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, which produces nothing special.

Departure 12:25; arrived around 5:20 pm

FOR THIS, some curiosities of the third stage, Monday.

The autograph-on-skull signed Michal Kwiatkowski.

The sea of ​​engines around Julian Alaphilippus.

And the conversation between Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour that Eurosport had the great idea to put on a motorcycle, and Jacky Durand, former teammate of the Englishman, who obviously has a deep admiration for him.

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