In his latest video diary for Independent.ie, Paul Kimmage drives the route of the first stage of this year’s Tour de France, whose 100th edition starts in Corsica on Saturday.
“My first impression is the abundance of road furniture, which are these traffic islands and roundabouts,” says Kimmage. “That’s going to give a lot of riders nightmares because there’s a huge potential for crashes.”
Kimmage has a lot of sympathy for the riders’ gruelling schedule as they travel to Corsica for the first stage and then fly back to the mainland for the remainder of the race.
“I started the Tour three times and two of those were away. On the two away trips after the first weekend we like we’d been on the road for a month.”
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