Bats and Tour de France cycling in Dutch Utrecht


This Dutch video is about counting bats in Utrecht city in the Netherlands, from May to August 2015.

Utrecht is not just in the news because of bats these days.

Tomorrow, the Tour de France cycling race will start in Utrecht; with a time trial for all 198 participants.

This video shows where in Utrecht the cyclists will cycle tomorrow.

South African cycling team in Tour de France, first time ever


This video says about itself:

Team MTN Qhubeka: An African Bicycle Dream Episode 1

12 April 2013

Team MTN Qhubeka are the first Pro Continental Cycling Team from Africa – this is their story. From South Africa to the rest of the world, the team have made their mark on the sport. Watch the first episode of An African Bicycle Dream here.

And this video is the sequel.

Today, the Tour De France organisers have said that Team MTN Qhubeka has been invited to participate in the race, as the first African team ever.

The Tour De France will start this year on the fourth of July in Utrecht city in the Netherlands.

One should hope that in Utrecht or in France, these cyclists won’t have the bad luck of their South African colleague Evan van der Spuy, shown in this video.

In Utrecht or in France, there is not much chance of this happening with an antelope. However, I am not that sure about dogs.

One should also hope that in Utrecht or in France, there won’t be hunters who don’t know the difference between cyclists and hares.

This video shows a report on a hunter like that.

First South African in Tour de France yellow jersey


This video is an interview with cyclist Daryl Impey from South Africa.

Daryl Impey today became the first South African cyclist ever to win the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France race.

Impey finished the stage of today, to Montpellier in southern France, in 13th place; while his team-mate and former race leader Simon Gerrans from Australia was 48th. Gerrans finished five seconds behind Impey.

The new general classification is:

1. Daryl Impey

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) – at 3″

3. Simon Gerrans (Australia) – at 5″

4. Michael Albasini (Switzerland) – at 5″

5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)  – at 6″

Today, 19-year-old Dutchman Danny van Poppel, the youngest participant, finished eighth.

Women’s Tour de France again? Here.

19-year-old finishes third in first Tour de France stage


This is German video about cycling in 2012, with Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands winning a race.

Today was the first stage of the 100th Tour de France cycling race.

The winner of the bunch sprint was Marcel Kittel from Germany.

Second was Alexander Kristoff from Russia.

Third was Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands. Danny van Poppel is only 19 year old, making him the youngest ever Dutch cyclist, and the youngest post-1945 cyclist from anywhere, to ride in the Tour de France. His third place of today means that tomorrow, Danny will ride in the white jersey for the best young participant. The other young participants are in their early twenties.

More about Danny van Poppel, in this Tour de France with his big brother and his father, is here.

Another Dutch cyclist with brother and father to Tour de France


This video is called Lars Boom wins 3rd stage Tour of Britain 2011.

Earlier, this blog wrote that the brothers Boy and Danny van Poppel will go as cyclists to the Tour de France event; along with their father, their team coach.

There is another cyclist, Lars Boom. Like the Van Poppel family, from Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands. And also like the Van Poppel family, his father and his brother will join Lars to the Tour, which starts this Saturday. Like Jean Paul van Poppel, father Walter Boom will be team coach. However, Lars’ brother Jesper is not a cyclist, but a cook.

Nineteen-year-old cyclist joins brother in Tour de France


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jake Keough & Boy van Poppel bike tricks

May 3, 2011

Jake and Boy entertain the school children during a visit to Riverview Charter School in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the Team talked about exercise, healthy food and bike safety. It was a great day with the kids!

Danny van Poppel is a nineteen-year-old Dutch cyclist.

This summer, from 29 June to 21 July, if all goes well, then Danny will ride in the thousands of miles long Tour De France contest.

That will make Danny van Poppel the youngest Tour de France participant ever since World War II. And the youngest Dutch Tour de France cyclist of all time.

Danny will not be on his own in the Tour. His big twenty-five-year old brother Boy van Poppel will participate in the same team.

Boy may have more cycling experience than Danny. Not in the Tour de France however. This will also be Boy’s first Tour; and he is happy that the brothers may support each other mutually.

Someone who does have much Tour experience is Boy’s and Danny’s father, Jean Paul van Poppel. He started in this event several times; and won 9 stages overall.

Jean Paul van Poppel will be coach for his sons’ team in this year’s Tour.

His strong point was not riding up mountains; it was bunch sprint finishes. His two sons are similar to him in this. Danny is good at short time trials.

Now, for Danny and Boy, a music video of the Irish song Danny Boy.

The video shows Irish scenery.

I really hope that this year in the Tour there won’t be doping scandals, like with Lance Armstrong and others in earlier years.

This year is a special contest; it is Tour #100.

The start will be in Corsica. Some of the stages will be in England.