The first rest day in Pau has given the peloton a chance to lick their wounds and prepare for the Pyrenees. What's the best gossip going around the Tour village?
14 Jul 2015 - 9:38 AM  UPDATED 14 Jul 2015 - 10:01 AM
Tuesday 14 Jul 2015

It looks like Adam Hansen's bid to complete his 12th Grand Tour in a row will continue, although the Queenslander seemed to be especially relieved that the first rest day had finally arrived.

He also wasn't too impressed with the unveiling of Andre Greipel's latest sprint weapon.

Twin brothers Adam and Simon Yates are hoping that the Pyrenees will provide the platform to turn around Orica-GREENEDGE's nightmare Tour de France, with Adam Yates particularly glad to see the back of the first week.

“I’m just glad to get it over and done with, I don’t like the flat stages anyway. Bring on the mountains," he said.

“It’s just stressful, you can’t even get to the front because there’s so many people trying to get there, and it isn’t easy. The mountains are what I’m best at."

 

Team Sky supremo Dave Brailsford took the news that Richie Porte would be moving on at the end of the year in typically unsentimental fashion, wasting no time in anointing Geraint Thomas as the next 'chosen one'.

“Geraint has been one of the best riders in this race,” Brailsford told The Guardian.

“The next logical step is for him to lead a team at the Giro or Vuelta. He is a brilliant rider.”

In other Brailsford news, it's rumoured that he and Oleg Tinkoff have arranged to go for a ride together at the next rest day in Gap - most likely pursued by most of the world's cycling media. Our bets are on Tinkoff to take the sprint.

While most of the peloton took an easy spin yesterday, Trek Factory Racing took a different approach. Rather than charging well-heeled riders a motza to hold their wheels around Pau, Trek partnered with 'virtual racing' company Zwift to hold online bunch rides with fans around the globe.

Riders Markel Irizar and Fumiyuku Beppu led the first ride, with Jens Voigt leading a second spin.

Trek Factory Racing and Zwift plan to repeat the rides on the second rest day.  

Transfer news was generally thin on the ground in Pau (except for the revelations about Richie Porte leaving Team Sky, of course). However, one tidbit to emerge from the Etixx-QuickStep camp was the news that Stage 6 winner Zdeněk Štybar will stay with the team for two more seasons.

"I got one of my biggest opportunities in my cycling career with Etixx - Quick-Step," said Štybar. "I was able to be successful in cyclocross, and then transition to road racing where I've participated in the biggest races in the world, including the cobbled races that I love. I've won a few races already on the road and would like to try and win more."