Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It's back - #tdf133

Back by popular demand, Tourdecouch brings you the #tdf133 competition. 

You will find more details below, plus last year’s finalists, but put simply: it’s summing each stage up in a tweet, minus the #tdf133 hashtag.

At this stage, I can’t provide any prizes. However, this may change in three weeks time if my financial situation does OR if some generous person reading this decides to donate something. (If that’s you, get in touch via

It’s a load of fun, so get in on it!

Here's the details of how to enter from last year – one thing is different, we’ll do all 21 stages, and allow a day or two for voting:

Competition Details: 
Tweet your description after each stage of the Tour and use hashtag #tdf133.  That's 140 characters minus the hashtag topic. (You have to use the hastag or I won't see it. No @replies coz that gives u less characters unless you're super brief). You will need to tweet by the following times in your region (I hope I have got them kind of right):

Australian Eastern Standard Time - 12 noon of next day after the stage you're tweeting about
France part of the Continent - 4am of the next day after the stage you're tweeting about
UK - by 3am of the next day's after the stage you're tweeting about
America/Canada - East side - 10pm of the same day as the stage you're tweeting about (I think?)
America/Canada - West side - 7pm of the same day as the stage you're tweeting about

This time gives non European viewers who can't watch it live the chance to watch the highlights and tweet - and it falls at my lunch time so I can read them all.

A stage winner for every stage up until and including the final stage will be announced on my blog about 4-5 hours later so you'll know the winner before the next stage (unless it's a rest day, but I'll still put it up the same time). Each stage winner goes into the final 21 and then it's up to the voters.

Voting starts after the final stage and when the blog post is up for the finalists.   You can vote by either emailing me at or in the comments using your twitter url as an id - or other option there. This year anonymous votes will be counted, but won’t be eligible for a prize if I’m able to rustle any up by then.

Last year’s finalists

Stage 19  
That boy raced the cleft off his chin today. Amazing.   @cycleboredom

Stage 18 
Leopards leaping! Bert borked. Samu sadfaced. Cadel calculated. Rolland robotic. Voeckler valiant.  @brassyn

Stage 17
Tour de Carpark 2011.....where am I? @sister_ratched

Stage 16 
The breakaway was stacked, Contador attacked, Andy cracked, and Basso lacked. Thor won,there was no sun, Cuddles gained on everyone @techknowgn

Stage 15 
Voeckler flares the patron's wand as riders cross Carmague. A break with FDJ again is caught. Cav wins the sprint; Farrar cries argh   @butterflywriter

Stage 14 
A bootylicious Vanendert to Plateau de Beille and the Tour history books: "I don't think you're ready for this Jelle"  @cycletard

Stage 13
Vultures visit; Kloedi goes Boom; Rainbows resplendent after Thor thunders and storms the mountain; Roy's raw ride wrings our hearts   @dontcallmekaty

Stage 12
AC got dropped like a rock; wasnt much of a shock, one schleck looked back, the other attacked and Voeklers the fellow in yellow @techknowgn

Stage 11
Air raid sirens in Gaillac signal Manxman Mark to launch missile causing Greipel to grapple at line as Gilbert loses grip on green. @cycletard

Stage 10
Manx missile launch failure caused German gorilla to escape from zoo peloton @sansenmag

Stage 9
Was neutralised - no winner

Stage 8
TJ takes the high road in vain and a vintage Vino runs dry. Gilbert auditions late for leading man but Rui is this movie's star. @smfifteen

Stage 7
Sky falls, hearts break. Heads bump and swell, so too anger and bile. Press on thru pain. Abandon seems to be the hardest word. @cycletard

Stage 6
'Sky opens up, rains bring Viking reign on the slick streets of Lisieux' @cycletard

Stage 5
Cyclists kiss the tarmac by the coast, some surrendering skin before Cavendish leaves his critics high and dry. @smfifteen

Stage 4
Hell yes, GC boys come out to play early. Cadel overcomes Bert's premature celebration.@brassyn

Stage 3
Tyler reigns supreme on Independence Day, organisers celebrate by giving Cav an earlier kick in the teeth than usual. @brassyn

Stage 2
BMC's Pilot Fish can't catch Cuddles' yellow as Fabs fires on 4 cylinders in search of Andy's pony. Thor SMASHes polka dots for win!  @cycletard

Stage 1
"PhilGil. Again. Steve Bartman's French cousin sabotages Contador. @CycleHermit

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