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What a wild ride it's been this last week. The first week of the Tour de France is always whirl of fast-moving bikes and blurred French countryside. And of course, there are always the inevitable crashes and nearly always, at least one pre-race favorite ends his Tour entirely too soon. Feeling behind in the action? Head to our Tour de France section and catch up on all last week's results.
Of course, Sunday's controversy is pretty unusual stuff. I've never seen a caravan car hit a rider. If you were offline for the weekend and need to catch up, go here for discussion and a video replay of the stage 9 crash. I'll have more to say about that thing later today.
Over the weekend, we also said arriverderci to the Giro Donne for another year. Marianne Vos won her first ever Giro Donne ahead of Garmin-Cervélo's climber Emma Pooley. Judith Arndt of HTC-Highroad finished third overall. Vos pretty much dominated the race from start to finish. Pooley managed to put the Dutchwoman in difficulty in the final climbing stage, but Vos held barnacle-tight to the Garmin-Cervélo rider's wheel. It's a big win for Vos, in a career already full of big wins.
A few other stories you may have missed in the whirlwind of Tour de France action:
The Cafe made a donation to the friends of the Pavé, who restore the stones on the Paris-Roubaix route. Now, we have our own cobble.
The Green Jersey is massively in play in this year's Tour de France. Chris caught us up with the contenders and how they are faring so far.
You are now totally prepared for the next flat stage with a long list of Things To Do During a Flat Stage of the Tour de France.
Chris Horner taught us that riding with a head injury is a bad idea. Fortunately, Horner is doing better now, and was last seen eating a burger at McDonalds.
Gav talked Tour de France with Paul Sherwen of Versus TV. He had predictions. And talked about how the bike race gets into your television. No, there are not little bike racers in your tv! What, you people really thought they were in there?
You know all about the lanterne rouge in the Tour de France.
Over in fanshots, Bobbo has been posting a series of Tour de France paintings. Lovely work, and worth a look if you've missed them.
I wonder what's going to happen next?