Welcome to a rest day edition of #FairlyGroupFriday. Our Tour de France squad answered your questions ahead of what’s shaping up to be a crucial third week.
New to this whole #FairlyGroupFriday thing? Here’s how it works. Every week we put out a call for questions on our social media channels. You ask your most pressing questions. Cannondale-Drapac answers. The series launched during the Giro d’Italia (read up here), and we’re back at it at the Tour.
Now let’s dive into this week’s Q&A
1. If you were not a professional cyclist, what would be your profession?
Taylor Phinney: Unemployed
Andrew Talansky: Not sure
Nate Brown: I would run Hot Tubes junior team.
Paddy Bevin: Something in the engineering field.
Simon Clarke: A professional surfer
Dylan van Baarle: Sport director and living on a vacation island like Mallorca (Hey Andreas Klier – sound like anyone you know?!)
Alberto Bettiol: Astronaut
Pierre Rolland: I’ve only ever wanted to be a cyclist.
Rigoberto Uran: Astronaut
2. What has surprised you most about this Tour so far?
Phinney: The incredible amount of fans
Talansky: I’ve done the Tour a few times now. This one seems pretty par for the course so far.
Brown: The amount of fans. I always knew the fans were crazy at the Tour, but this is unreal.
Bevin: So far (we’re only two weeks in after all) I’m surprised at how great our hotels have been.
Clarke: How well the team is riding!
Van Baarle: That we’re doing so well in the general classification
Bettiol: The crowds. They are the most unique and special but also the most dangerous part of the Tour.
Rolland: How little dead time there is.
3. What’s the strangest podium prize you’ve ever received?
Phinney: A leather jacket. I still wear it.
Brown: I don’t know if this is the strangest, but I got a gallon of maple syrup once.
Bevin: A ceramic mariachi sculpture that did not survive the trip home from Mexico.
Clarke: A used crank screwed to a piece of wood
Van Baarle: A diamond
Bettiol: A sculpture made of soap
Rolland: The sprint jersey at Volta Catalunya this year
Uran: 60 kilos of maple syrup in Quebec
4. What’s your favorite off-the-bike part of your day at the Tour?
Phinney: Reading books
Talansky: Making my Peet’s coffee in the morning. The whole routine lends a sense of normalcy to something that is about as far from normal as you can get.
Bevin: Answering Fairly Group Friday questions.
Clarke: Lying down
Van Baarle: Waking up next to Taylor
Bettiol: The shower straight after the finish on the bus.
Rolland: Dinner and massage
Uran: Rest, massage, talk to the staff and look at the next stage
5. Who is the best rider in the bunch (not including your teammates) to a) follow in a race b) chat with in a race?
Phinney: I follow no one. I want to chat with Cav but he’s not here anymore. Wahhhh!
Talansky: Dan Martin is always good for chat. We were teammates for quite awhile, so it’s always nice to catch up with him.
Brown: Kittel gives a great draft.
Bevin: I’ll follow anyone who has been doing this a long time, and I like to chat to my compariots in the bunch.
Clarke: Adam Hansen
Van Baarle: If I want to move to the front fast, I follow a sprint. I like to chat with Jos van Emden.
Bettiol: Fabio Felline from Trek is the best wheel; Fabio Sabatini from QuickStep is the best for a chat.
Rolland: Thomas Voeckler
Uran: I like to ride in the middle of the peloton to save energy. I look to talk with any of the Colombian guys in the race.
Read more #FairlyGroupFriday:
Tour – week 1
Tour – week 2