As Chris Juul-Jensen wrote in the current Tour issue of 1, his former Tinkoff team-mate Matteo Tosatto has done 32 Grand Tours, while newboy Chris has just one under his belt.
Juul-Jensen started his first Tour today, having completed last year’s Giro, while the 42-year-old Italian aimed to get round France for the 12th time. It’s hard to think of a more bizarre sight in all of those previous occasions than today’s TV image following a potentially serious crash for Alberto Contador earlier in the stage en route to Utah Beach.
Contador needed a new right shoe, he decided, which the team car duly provided, but without an insole seemingly. Cue television shots of Tosatto, with team leader’s shoe insert gripped between his teeth. Talk about devotion to the cause. When there’s somebody else’s used Odour Eater wedged beneath your nostrils, you must start to question whether you’re in the right job.
The Italian last won a stage of the Tour back in 2006 and is a hugely respected worker for the Tinkoff team.
For this latest in a long line of exploits stretching back to – incredibly – 1997, we award the opening Top Banana of the 2016 Tour: a fitting prize for this ripe old fruit of a rider.