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Tour de France: Thomas Voeckler Stops To Yell At Hecklers, Finishes Second

  • Rick Chandler

Australia’s Michael Rogers outsprinted Thomas Voeckler of France to win his first-ever stage at the Tour de France on Tuesday, but perhaps the outcome might have been different if this below hadn’t happened. That’s Voeckler below stopping in the middle of the stage to argue with guys who had been booing him.

Hey, it’s called a race. You don’t see Olympic distance runners stopping to read the newspaper.

But there are things about pro cycling which I don’t know: perhaps the brief stop for an argument didn’t impact Voeckler’s time at all. Also, did you know that the Tour de France is currently scoreless, and apparently will go to a shootout phase?

* Your Stage 16 winner, Michael Rogers

* Chengsanity. The Tour’s first Chinese rider, Ji Cheng, trails the leader by about four hours.

* Loving this photo.

* 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):

Tues., July 22 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon NBCSN
Wed., July 23 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet (LIVE) NBCSN
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

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