!http://www.active.com/images/newsletters/cyclist/TourdeFrance2007/images/Pensec4150x150.jpg|style=padding:10px;|align=left|src=http://www.active.com/images/newsletters/cyclist/TourdeFrance2007/images/Pensec4150x150.jpg!Question: I was wondering why the Tour was so slow and was not that exciting to watch and I finally received some interesting information this morning on the weather since we have started five days ago now.
Ronan: Cyclists have had to fight against a permanent headwind during all these stages and I’m starting to believe that the wind has had a real impact on the dynamic of the stages.
We have had another classic day on this stage with an échappée caught by the peloton so it all ended up in a sprint one more time.
The other key I wanted to give you today when you will watch the Tour is that Kloden and Vinokourov are seriously injured which has a lot of impact on their preparation. Yesterday Vinokourov left the hospital at midnight and it has definitely impacted his preparation. With his different injuries and scratches on the legs, he can’t really get good massages, he can’t sleep well for at least a few days. So these injuries not only have an impact on the day they happened and the following days, but they will have an impact within a week or some when riders will really be tired and will start digging into their reserves.
Keep this mind maybe not for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow but later on in the race--it will have an impact for sure.
Tomorrow is the first mountain stage and everybody in the Tour de France organisation is kind of really excited about that. Why?
Pretty obvious: Lots of riders are within seconds of each other, and big favourites like Vinokourov will strike hard tomorrow to get back in the race as this is the kind of stage where you can earn points and make a comeback. Lots of riders will also fight for the dots and competitors like Cancellara will go hard to stay on top. So we will have action tomorrow as each team has an opportunity to make a difference on the rest of the Tour.
Tomorrow and Sunday will be exciting so stay tuned and enjoy the show!
Ronan Pensec participated in 8 Tours, and wore the yellow jersey in the 1990. He now operates Ronan Pensec Events , an official Tour de France operator hosting VIP cycling tours for recreational cycling enthusiasts.