Cape Town - Tour de France briefs on Wednesday ahead of the 228km fifth stage from Cagnes-Sur-Mer to Marseille.
GALLERY: Tour de France snapshots
Evans' legs, and heart, in demand
Australian cycling fans at the Tour de France have gone to extremes in a bid
to get close to their heroes. One female admirer of former race champion Cadel
Evans turned up with a message on a placard saying 'Cadel, can we kiss your leg
for five dollars?. Told of the offer, Evans emerged from his BMC team bus to
speak to the fan - without, however, offering up his leg. Another was spotted
with a banner asking, 'Cadel, marry me.'
Champions fined... for not showing champion status
Cycling champions Tony Martin of Germany and Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud
fell foul of Tour de France officials after the stage four team time trial when
they were fined.... for not displaying the colours of their respective titles on
their bikes. Martin, the world time trial champion, was fined 1 600 euros while
national champion Peraud got off lightly with a 160 euro fine.
Froome sets journalist right
Tour de France favourite Chris Froome set an over-enthusiastic member of the
media right after being asked whether he felt the famous 'Promenade des Anglais'
in Nice belonged to Froome's Sky team after their performance in the stage four
team time trial. "Not really, because the Australians won," said Froome, who was
born and brought up in Africa before switching nationalities two years ago. The
stage was won by Australian team Orica-GreenEdge. Sky finished fourth.
EPO on the Tour de France menu
Restaurant owners in the French Riviera town of Cagnes-sur-Mer turned to
humour in a bid to entice some of the thousands of the Tour de France fans in
for lunch following the start of the fifth stage to Marseille. Wednesday's menu
in one restaurant was offering EPO - Escalope, Parmesan and Olive. EPO, or
erythropoietin, is a banned blood-booster which has ravaged the peloton for
years but which is now easily detectable.