sprint on cobbles


1963 Belgium

Tour de France has stared last Sunday, today was the second stage in Belgium.  There were a few crashes last 2 days – the wet slopes are nasty for everyone.  One of three leading racers Maarten Wijnants was flying off when they got in the cobbled road yesterday – he had showed off that he was Belgium!

I was in Belgium at the end of June, took part in the Retro Ronde near Oudenaarde and cycled beautiful country lanes for 40 kilometers.  There were a few cobbled path and had shaken all parts of my body.  Belgium say ‘that is good for your health!’ but I don’t believe it – I had headache by wobbly eye sight.  The Tour will experience the longest cobbled road of Trouée d’Arenberg, 2.4 kilometers long, tomorrow in the third stage.

This stamp is from 1963, showing a close competition at a goal on cobbled road.

2日前の日曜からツール・ド・フランスが始まりました。オランダのロッテムダムにスタートし、ステージ2の今日は全行程がベルギー。昨日は、中盤のレースを引っ張った3レーサーのうちベルギー人のマールテン・ワイナンツ が、道が石畳になった瞬間に猛スピードで飛ばしてベルギー人であることを見せつけたのですが、先日参加したレトロ・ロンドというヴィンテージ自転車のイベントで、わたしもその石畳を体験し、全身の肉をぶるぶると震わせました。ベルギー人は「あれは身体にいい」と言うけど、視界が揺れ続け、頭痛がしました。

明日のツール・ド・フランスの第3ステージでは、2.4キロ続く石畳で有名なアランベール (Arenberg) の石畳道を通過するそうです。日本からのレーサーもたった一人、新城幸也が参加。がんばれ。


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