Competition: Tour de France 2013 rest day quiz – winners and answers

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Congratulations to Ian Roberts, Rob Blair, and Matthew Wright, who each win a Tour de Nuun four-pack of flavoured hydration tablets. Nuun will be in touch to send out your prizes.

Congratulations to Ian Roberts, Rob Blair, and Matthew Wright, who have each won a Tour de Nuun speical edition pack of hydration tablets

The quiz inspired an impressive response, with RCUK readers proving their knowledge of cycling’s greatest race: 71 per cent of all those who entered answered all questions correctly.

For those of you still scratching your heads, the correct answers are below. And if you fancy trying your look in another Tour-inspired competition, follow this link.

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Q1. Mark Cavendish found himself at the centre of attention at the end of stage ten after colliding with the lead-out man of sprint rival, Marcel Kittel. Who was he?

Cavendish collided with Tom Veelers. Our decoys were John Degenkolb and Koen de Kort, both members of the Argos-Shimano lead-out train, but who remained happily clear of the Manx Missile.

Q2. Team Sky had been racing with eight riders, following the departure of Vasil Kiryienka on stage eight. Who was the other member of the British team who failed to start stage 13?

Team Sky delivered Chris Froome to victory with just seven riders in total. Edvald Boasson Hagen followed Kiryienka’s departure. The former Norwegian champion, twice a Tour de France stage winner, fractured a shoulder blade.

Q3. Omega Pharma-QuickStep made it two victories in a row by winning stages 13 and 14. Mark Cavendish claimed the first. Who won the second? 

Matteo Trentin bagged second straight win for the Belgian squad by sprinting to victory from a breakaway on stage 14. Interviewed later, Trentin revealed that Cav had advised him to delay his sprint as long as possible.

Q4. Germany is not short of superstar sprinters. Which of them was the first to win three stages of the hundredth Tour de France?

The centennial Tour was a huge success for Germany. Many of their strongest riders are sprinters, including the ‘big three’ (in every sense) of Kittel, Greipel, and Degenkolb. It was Kittel who claimed a hat-trick as we set the question, and added a fourth victory as the Tour finished on the Champs-Élysées.

Q5. Alberto Contador rode himself back into contention on stage 13 by organising his Saxo-Tinkoff troops into a formation to cheat the cross winds. What term describes the diagonal line that shelters the riders? 

Cross winds can cause havoc for bike racers and the gale that cut across the peloton on the road from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond. Alberto Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff men formed an echelon, offering them shelter from the crosswinds.

Q6. Alejandro Valverde was able to call on a talented helper to pace him back to the bunch after suffering a broken wheel on stage 13. Who was it?

Nairo Quintana came to the aid of his more experienced team-mate. The young Columbian proved the star of the Movistar team at the 2013 Tour de France and is likely to be the protected rider next year.

Q7. Tony Martin won stage 11 in the rainbow stripes of world time trial champion. How many times has Martin been crowned world champion in the discipline?

Tony Martin is one of the world’s fastest men against the clock and has won the world time trial championship twice. He’ll face stiff competition in Florence this September from a certain B Wiggins of London.

Q8. Peter Sagan is becoming the bridesmaid of the hundredth Tour de France, finishing second on stage 13. How many times has the Slovak champion claimed runner-up spot in the 2013 Tour?

The hundredth Tour de France could hardly be described as a failure for Peter Sagan, who won the green jersey for a second year in succession. But too often, the Slovakian found himself pipped at the post, finishing four times in second place.

Q9. Stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France was held on Bastille Day. Which French rider was the first to attack on the slopes of Mont Ventoux?

Nothing inspires a French rider like the prospect of victory on Bastille Day. Unfortunately for Châtellerault native, Sylvain Chavanel, Mont Ventoux lay between him and that cherished prospect of celebration on the French national day.

Q10. Two riders from the Isle of Man rode to the summit of the Ventoux. Mark Cavendish suffered with his fellow sprinters, while the other distinguished himself with a strong ride at the head of the peloton for most of the climb. Who was he?

Peter Kennaugh is Britain’s unsung hero of the 2013 Tour de France. The Manxman, an Olympic gold medallist on the track in the men’s team pursuit, proved himself more than equal to the challenge of the toughest climbs in the Tour.

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