All hail the Tour de France: the only sport which features skin-tight pants and a map of the Alps. And sometimes … no pants at all.
It was Stage 17, a grueling 124.5 kilometers (77.4 miles) between Saint-Gaudens and Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet, with a brief dip into Spain. And speaking of brief dips, this spectator thought it would be funny to lower trou and moon a few of the riders. Nothing specifically against that in the rules, as far as I can see.
Two riders did turn into werewolves, however.
* Meanwhile …
Here’s Luke Durbridge of Australia engaging in a light shoving match with a soigneur from Spain’s Movistar team, after Durbridge crashed into him while climbing in Stage 17 today.
The soigneur was handing out drinks, when Durbridge clipped him and tumbled into the road. As fights go, this was rather Pee Wee Herman-esque, and I’m wondering why Durbridge even took the time. Because as we saw on Tuesday, every second counts in situations like this.
— British Eurosport (@EurosportUKTV) July 23, 2014
* Your Stage 17 winner:
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 23, 2014
* How to watch: NBC Sports is charging as much as $29.99 for tour-long web access. However, NBC’s offerings are chock full of bells and whistles that may justify the charges for some race fans.
Tour de France Live will have live video of the entire race, while allowing viewers to pause, rewind, and re-watch in slow motion. It will offer analysis, live GPS, and the ability to follow individual riders. NBC Sports is selling single-day web access for $4.99, with the entire tour (it ends July 27) available for $29.99. Android and iPhone apps cost $14.99.
* The schedule, with start times subject to change (via Zap2it):
Wed., July 23 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux NBCSN
Sun., July 27 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 27 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tour de France Review Show NBC
Sun., July 27 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées NBCSN
* Hope everyone’s brakes were in good working order.
Breathtaking finish area at the Tour de France today … pic.twitter.com/0QCh82oYHv
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2014
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 23, 2014