MMT can’t wait for the weekend and the bulk binge of SBS Tour de France (TDF) highlight packages he intend to watch. Sadly, Michael Matthews has already withdrawn from the TDF with some form of YAFF and will not defend his green jersey from last year. Mind you it looks like Peter Sagan already has this in the bag, with none of the other sprinters really doing too much. It looks like the changing of the guard is starting to occur. Yes I’m looking at you Messrs Kittel, Greipel and Cavendish.
However, MMT is much more interested in the fate of the remaining Australian’s competing this year. To this end, MMT has put together a General Classification focused graph showing how remaining ten Australian’s are going. MMT had considered including non-Australian members of the Michelton-Scott team eg Daryl Impey and Adam Yates, but thought better of it. So here’s the graph.
What this reveals, is that Australia’s only GC rider, Richie Porte is having a fair crack, being 11th on overall time. The next best Australian is Simon Clarke in 70th. Everyone else is outside the first 100, which is consistent with these guys being either team captains eg Simon Gerrans or domestiques eg Luke Durbridge.
MMT will update this graph next week. Hopefully Richie Porte is in the top 5 by then. MMT is really looking forward to stage 9, which retraces most if the Paris-Roubaix route. While a GC rider may not win the tour on this stage, they certainly can lose it by either crashing out or losing time on the back of pack splitting the peloton. Either way MMT can’t wait….woo hoo!!
Until next time, ride safe