What an exciting finish. Bravo to Voeckler for staying aggressive even with the leader’s jersey. It’s beautiful to see someone just go for it, heart and soul. To be sure, we watch the Tour to be entertained, but today we were inspired as well. Did anyone with a pulse not feel their heart jump when the yellow and green jersey attacked?
Meanwhile, though Voeckler inspired with his courage, the bigger story today was Gilbert’s selflessness. From 10km to go, it was clear that he was on a suicide mission. The team tactics played out flawlessly, and HTC was forced to burn matches to bring back Gilbert. This set up his teammate, Greipel, for the win. What makes this even more remarkable is that Gilbert and Greipel are a little at odds for team leadership. Although Greipel is the designated sprinter, Gilbert has the green Points jersey, and a good chance to carry it all the way to Paris. Today he sacrificed himself, and put teamwork ahead of personal glory.
So for me, today was all about the beauty of cycling. Today’s stage was massively entertaining, but also massively inspiring – courage, sacrifice, team work. Cycling can be brutal, it has a dark side, but through it all it is beautiful, and Stage 10 showed us why.
Steen A. Rose is an elite cycling and triathlon coach. He started coaching in 2003, and has been an Elite Coach with Training Bible Coaching since 2009. Steen is also captain of the Sun & Ski/Subaru Cycling and Triathlon teams. He has been racing since 1997, holds a Category 1 license, and has 13 state championships, 3 national medals, and 4 international podiums to his credit. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org