A nice perk for those who can compete in the Tour de France! Lovely, isn't it? Temperatures got to about 30 C (86 F) on the climb, so many riders were content to have their jerseys open. Simon Geschke of Germany was the first to reach the highest point (2250 m or 1.40 mi) in this year's Tour de France (click on the image for a larger view).
He looks happy to be finally going downhill! Geschke skillfully maneuvered the treacherous descent with speeds reaching a reported 85 kph (53 mph). He held on to win the first Alpine stage (click on the image for a larger view).
Germany now has five stage wins. Herzlichen glückwunsch! Below is a comparison between reality and our prediction.
- Stage 17: 4h 12' 17" (actual), 4h 21' 10" (prediction), 08' 53" slow (3.52% error)
I'm definitely happy with that error after such a tough stage! A total of 26 out of 163 cyclists beat our predicted time. For a stage like today's in the Alps, getting our prediction at about 16% of the cyclists is fine by me. Below is Geschke's average speed.
- Stage 17: 10.64 m/s (38.29 kph or 23. 79 mph)
- Stage 18: 4h 50' 12" (prediction)
I feel like our time is a challenge to the world's best cyclists. How many will come in under five hours tomorrow?