Tour 2010: Stage 1

The Tour’s flat stages generally follow a fairly predictable pattern, to the extent that I could probably have written this poem without actually watching the race at all. However, the first road stage is always a nervous affair, with crashes all but guaranteed. The big loser today was our own Mark Cavendish, who hit the deck barely a mile from the line. There was no change in the overall standings, with the wonderful Fabian Cancellara retaining the yellow jersey.


Flag drops. Break goes.
Pack waits. Gap grows.
Crowds wave. Sun burns.
Road rolls. World turns.
Hours pass. Tempo rises.
Leader falters. Boss advises.
Gap shrinks. Teams work.
Miles vanish. Sprinters lurk.
Break surrenders. Bunch swallows.
Contender jumps. Rival follows.
Speed increases. Road curves.
Someone brakes. Another swerves.
Wheels touch. Bodies scatter.
Bones break. Dreams shatter.
Clock stops. Charge begins.
Ten challenge. One wins.

Rotterdam-Brussels, 223.5km
Won by Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini)
Maillot jaune: Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)


2 thoughts on “Tour 2010: Stage 1

    • Thank you – these early flat stages may be relatively simple for riders, but they’re a real challenge for writers! Tuesday’s stage looks like being an epic, though. Bring on the cobbles…

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