Tour de France competition time

Friday, 8 July 2011

Rothera caps

During the Giro I gave away a couple of keyrings and it was a fun competition because it was simple. Winning packages were dispatched to Spain and Poland. Now it’s time for a Tour de France giveaway competition.

Enterprising reader Gary Rothera who has a business called Rothera Cycling that specialises in cycling caps.  He contacted me to say the Giro competition was fun and would I be interested in a competition and curiously no more than ten minutes before his email arrived the other evening I was thinking about a competition but had nothing fun to give away. Now I do.

The question
Predict the first French rider to cross the finish line in today’s stage from Le Mans to Châteauroux.

Le prix
A cycling cap from Rothera Cycling. It’s moisture wicking, water repellent, windproof, fast drying, machine washable and made by hand.

How to enter
Leave your answer in the comments below.

The commissaire bit
All entries must be in before 16.00 Central European Time, the blog’s clock is the judge. EDIT: Because the race is running late, entries stay open for another 30 minutes until 17.00 / 5pm CET but any entries received after this get ignored.

Please leave your name and email. Note you can use a pseudonym and the email is confidential, rest assured I’m not going to spam you and nobody reading the blog can get your email, it’s just so I can reply if you’re the lucky winner.

Please don’t email or send answers via Twitter, only comments below are valid as it helps to keep everything in one place. In the event of a tie I’ll copy the winning names into a spreadsheet and use a random formula to generate the winner.

The caps are on their way from Philadelphia so I can’t post them out today but I hope to send the prize out soon. Stay tuned for more competitions during the race.

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Adam July 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

Romain feillu

CCC July 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

Gadret

Martin W July 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

“Kamikaze” Roman Feillu

Chris July 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

Chavanel

Barry Davies July 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

thomas voeckler

MW July 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

Romain Feillu

Matthieu July 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

Romain Feillu

Gavin Long July 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

Sébastien Hinault

Duco July 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

Romain Feillu

rebs July 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

Romain Feillu

Nick Rees July 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

Romain Feillu!

Sheptastic July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Sébastien Hinault

pedalingtheroad July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Roman Feillu

Grant July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Jeremy Roy

Flash July 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

Romain Feillu

Paul July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Roman Feillu

ScienceTwitt July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Romain Feillu

Sheree July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Arthur Vichot

Engela Conradie July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Roman Fellui

wiaruz July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

Cavendish

Ankush July 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

Roman Feillu

Mikey Stoccstein July 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

I was going to say Romain Feillu, but you all beat me too it. So for me Tony Gallopin.

@pllb July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Romain Feillu

Neil July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Anthony Charteau

quarantipuu July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

William Bonnet

daniel alpin July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

gallopin

Cameron July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Romain Feillu

Granny Gear July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Remy Di Gregorio

Ken Ord July 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Sylvain Chavanel

Guilherme Neves July 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

Roman Feillu

Liam July 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

Jonathan Hivert

Guilherme Neves July 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

Romain Feillu (missed an “i” on the previous name)

David N. Welton July 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

Sébastien Hinault – just to pick someone other than Feillu.

AllAboutTheTriple July 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

Gadret

Lars July 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

Samuel Dumoulin

GreaseMonster July 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

Cavendish

Mark July 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

Arnold Jeannesson

I must admit I know next to nothing about French riders though , Feillu looks dangerous in a sprint , thats dangerous to his fellow competitors

Euan July 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

Sébastien Hinault

mullummer July 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

Romain Feillu – Close to his parents, knows it well

Nibali July 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

Romain Feillu!

Karl July 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

Jérémy Roy

Crommy July 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Romain Feillu

Johnny July 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Tommy Voeckler to finally spoil the sprinters day!

ben hall July 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Romain feillu

TimB July 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm

William Bonnet

Alex July 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Tyler Farrar

STB July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Wobbler July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Jimmy Engoulvent

Ronan July 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Seb Hinault

James Moffat July 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Just to be original Romain Feillu

Chicken July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

IRK July 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Romain Feillu

Michael Troy July 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Sylvain Chavanel

Mr Bunbury July 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Sylvain Chavanel

Tarik July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Arthur Vichot

Aussie Pete July 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Sammy Dumoulin

Jim July 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Romain Feillu

ThoreRK July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Romain Feillu!

Tom July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Romain Feillu

Jerry July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Sylvain Chavanel

dexxbot July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Sorry but….Romain Excessive Lateral Movement Feillu

Jack Sargeant July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

William Bonnet

chava July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

tony gallopin

JDS July 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Tony Gallopin

Oryp July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Voeckler

TomC July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Romain Feillu

The Penguin July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Romain Feillu. I’m soulless.

Gary T July 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Romain Feillu! Good luck to all, but I hope I win of course ;-)

ironinthesoul July 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Little Tommy V.

Nathan July 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thomas Voeckler

Adrian July 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Marsman July 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Dumoulin

Marc July 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Sandy Casar

MH July 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Romain Feillu

David July 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Mickael Delage

Mark July 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Is Cav french now ?? Have they invaded the Isle of Man ? sneaky

Yeah , he will finish before all French riders though

DMMH July 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Yannick Talabardon

Phil bailey July 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Romain Feillu not many strong french sprinters it seems…

Andy Raff July 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Feillu

Tigersprung July 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Romain Feillu

VC Marly July 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Cyril Gautier

Brew July 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Romain Feillu

TimmyC July 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Itch July 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Samuel dumoulin to finish in 5th place!!

PJ July 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Roadie1 July 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Cavendish.

Can I go for a spread bet and put Hushovd in the top 10 please?

Nadya Tadescu July 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thomas Voeckler

GluteCramp July 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Leonardo Duque

I know, I know. But it’s closer to French-sounding than Denis Galimzyanov…

Jonas July 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Henrik Olsen July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Nick gorse July 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

delage

Grant July 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

thomas voeckler

Houston July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Tony Gallopin

Burgess July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Jeremy Roy

Matt July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Romain Feillu

Loonytoon July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Arthur Vichot

Dan July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Romain Feillu :-)

Matt Rose July 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Cavendish. I’m surprised that so few other people have picked him

Michael July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Sébastien Hinault

Matt Rose July 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

DOH! French Rider. Umm. Chavanel? He is the french champion

thehappymundays July 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

thomas voeckler

Rouleurs July 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Jérôme Pineau

Michael July 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Well, being this late in the competition I’ll go with Blel Kadri in the breakaway…

Nick Tapp July 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Jérôme Pineau

Jesper July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Sébastian Turgot

cthulhu July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Arnold Jeannesson

(though chances are big that it will be Feillu, but everybody else named him…)

bumpby July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Name a French sprinter… erm… Romain Feillu

MuddyBill July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Thomas Voeckler

FAQinc July 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Romain Feilu

bubnoff July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Arthur Vichot

Breakaway artist July 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

French?!?
Well, I’ll go with Thomas Voeckler. Why not…
Good luck to all!

Adam E July 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Romain Feillu

Rick Chasey July 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Got to be in it to win it:

Roman Feillu

Gingerflash July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Romain Feillu

Trxcky July 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Bonnet!

Oliver July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Romain Feillu sera le premier Gaulois! (Get it? ;)

Bronzie July 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

William Bonnet – ta

Charlie July 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

William Bonnet..

craig July 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Romain Feillu.

Kris July 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Romain Feillu

Starr July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Romain Feillu

Travis July 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thomas Voeckler *fingers crossed*

Walen July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar

Goatboy July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Cavendish for sure. And if he doesn’t win at least he will shoot his mouth off and entertain us.

Bomsie July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

He’s a popular choice, but definitely its going to be Roman Feillu.

Andy Turnbull July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Romain Feillu

Krista July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Sébastien Hinault

limonata July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Andre the German Gorilla

Gordon July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Romain Feillu

limonata July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

oh, wait, first FRENCH rider to cross the line. Haha, missed that!

Sandy Casar!

Zac July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Gotta be Romain Feillu

Erik July 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Romain Feillu.

Rooie July 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Romain Feillu
GO Vacans!

Bundle July 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Jean-Christophe PERAUD

Gear Ratio July 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Romain Feillu

AdamL July 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Tony Gallopin, hoping for a turn of speed like a few days ago!

fisheral1 July 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Thomas Voeckler – anyone else think he looks like Harry Enfield?

Chris July 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Romain Feillu

james July 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Romain Feillu

JFG July 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Romain Feillu

Raewyn July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Tommy Voeckler!

Angus July 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Sylvain Chavanel

Ababord July 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thomas Voeckler

abtreece July 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Thomas Voeckler

Steven Drew July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

William Bonnet

Dan Cooper July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Romain feillu

The Inner Ring July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Because the race is running late, entries stay open for another 30 minutes until 17.00 / 5pm CET

Mauro Figueira July 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Romain Feillu

Leroy July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Romain Feillu

blake w July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Jérôme Coppel

LeonG July 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Romain Feillu

John B July 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Rolland (as much chance of winning as mentioning Feillu)

Andy M July 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Blel Kadri

Roadie1 July 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

ah yes, french rider.. hmm. This blog merits much closer attention than that which my excitement for a colourfull hat left.

Tous avec Thomas Voeckler! Courage mon grand!

kyle crotty July 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Thomas Voekler! :)

Chris James July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Another vote / guess for Romain Feillu I am afraid!

Gareth Edwards July 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Romain Feillu

Gillis July 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Me thinks you need a slightly harder question, or one with a less obvious answer.

The Inner Ring July 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Romain Feillu was the obvious choice but Alain Gallopin and William Bonnet can sprint too. I thought many might pick him… but not so many! Next time perhaps the prediction will be more complicated.

The winner, generated at random is… JFG.

John Maher July 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Thomas Voeckler

wiaruz July 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

didn’t read the question properly Doh!

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