The world’s most important bike race, the Tour de France, is on it’s first rest day. The perfect time for us to review the first week of this momentous event. The first week of racing was all about who crashed and who didn’t. Never before has a starting week produced so much drama. Some serious riders have had to abandon the race due to injuries sustained after crashing hard onto the tarmac. Wiggins, Boonen, Vinokourov, Van den Broeck, Brajkovic, Garate, Willems, Zabriski, all of them done and dusted for this year’s Tour. Plenty more riders have sustained injuries through crashes, but are trying to carry on despite of them. Johnny Hoogerland is one of those riders. His story is probably the most amazing of the first week after being driven off the road into some barbed wire by a France Television car in yesterday’s stage. Hoogerland finished the stage to hang on to his King of the Mountains jersey, but needed 33 stitches to close all his cuts and gashes. Hopefully the rest day does him good. Tomorrow the first serious mountains beckon and this is where it all starts for the GC riders. We wish them luck.

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

A worker unveils a Tour de France logo stuck on a truck at the press centre in Les Herbiers July 1, 2011. The 2011 Tour de France will start on July 2 from Passage du Gois. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Riders of the 22 cycling teams take part at the opening ceremony for the Tour de France 2011 at the Puy du Fu arena June 30, 2011. The 2011 Tour de France will start on July 2. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Astana team rider Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazkahstan arrives at the opening ceremony for the Tour de France 2011 at the Puy du Fu arena June 30, 2011. The 2011 Tour de France will start on July 2. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

A pack of cyclists ride along the Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts during the first stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race, July 2, 2011. The first stage will start from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts, a periodically flooded causeway between the mainland and the Isle of Noirmoutier in the Vendee region, to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers and will finish in Paris on July 24. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

A pack of cyclists ride across a bridge at Mareuil-sur-Lay during the first stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers, July 2, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert of Belgium cycles during the final sprint in the first stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers, July 2, 2011. Gilbert won the stage. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Saur-Sojasun rider Arnaud Coyot of France is assisted after a crash in the first stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers , July 2, 2011. REUTERS/Joel Saget / Pool

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Sky team's rider Bradley Wiggins (L) of Britain leads his teammates during the team time trial in the second stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race in Les Essarts July 3, 2011. Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Leopard-Trek rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (2nd R) rides with his teammates during the team time trial in the second stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race in Les Essarts July 3, 2011. Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador of Spain rides during the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway wears the leader's yellow jersey before the start of the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Tyler Farrar of the U.S. celebrates as he crosses the finish line after the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Tyler Farrar (C) of the U.S. rides during the final sprint flanked by Movistar rider Jose Rojas (R) of Spain and Vacansoleil rider Romain Feillu of France after the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders cycle on the St-Nazaire bridge over the Loire river during the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

FDJ team rider Mickael Delage (R) of France rides followed by Movistar rider Jose Gutierrez of Spain during the break away in the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders cycle during the third stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd (L) of Norway rides next to Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert of Belgium during the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans (R) of Australia edges past Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador (2nd R) of Spain during the final sprint in the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race, from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne, July 5, 2011. Evans won the stage. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans of Australia is helped after having a flat tyre during the fourth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne, July 5, 2011. Evans edged past Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador of Spain at the finish line to win the stage. REUTERS/Joel Saget/Pool

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway wears the leader's yellow jersey at the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador (C) of Spain fixes his helmet before the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race in from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo riders lead the pack during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Radioshack rider Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia is helped after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Radioshack rider Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia is injured after a crash during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador of Spain rides after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish (C) of Britain makes his final sprint with Movistar rider Jose Rojas (L) of Spain and Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert (R) of Belgium during in the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish (C) of Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. Cavendish won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Radioshack rider Yaroslav Popovych of Ukraine is helped after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Quickstep rider Tom Boonen of Belgium (L) crosses the finish line with a teammate during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Sky Pro Cycling rider Bradley Wiggins of Britain cycles during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway waits before the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans (C) of Australia rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Rabobank riders fix their bicycles at the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Carhaix to Cap Frehel July 6, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders cycle in front of the Mont Saint-Michel during the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Dinan to Lisieux July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin Cervello rider and race leader Thor Hushovd of Norway arrives before the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Dinan to Lisieux July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders cycle during the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Dinan to Lisieux July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway celebrates winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2011, from Dinan to Lisieux, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Francaise des Jeux rider Anthony Roux of France (R) cycles ahead of Vacansoleil rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands (C) and Cofidis rider Leonardo Duque of Colombia during the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2011 from Dinan to Lisieux July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the seventh stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race, from Le Mans to Chateauroux, July 8, 2011. Cavendish won the stage while Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd of Norway retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the seventh stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race, from Le Mans to Chateauroux, July 8, 2011. Cavendish won the stage while Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd of Norway retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacancesoleil-DCM's Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands wears the climber's jersey on the podium after the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, from Le Mans to Chateauroux, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack rides during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, from Le Mans to Chateauroux, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders pedals during the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway reacts after the finish line in the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. Movistar rider Rui Alberto Faria da Costa of Portugal won the stage while Hushovd retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert (L) of Belgium rides during the final sprint in the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. Movistar rider Rui Alberto Faria da Costa of Portugal won the stage. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack climbs during the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway waits at the start of the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

BMC Racing Team's rider Marcus Burghardt of Germany leads the pack during the eighth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack of riders cycles during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack rides on the mountain during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

The pack rides on the mountain during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Omega Pharma Lotto rider Frederik Willems (top) of Belgium and Garmin Cervello rider David Zabriskie of the U.S. lie injured after a crash during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Omega Pharma Lotto rider Jurgen Van Den Broeck (C) of Belgium pushes his bicycle after a fall while Astana team riders take care of team mate Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Vinokourov retired from the race after the crash. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Omega Pharma Lotto rider Frederik Willems of Belgium holds his arm after a crash during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Willems retired from the race after the crash. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Astana rider Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan (2nd R) is carried by teammates after a fall during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Vinokourov retired from the race after this crash. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Astana rider Alexandre Vinokourov (C) of Kazakhstan is carried by teammates after a fall during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Vinokourov retired from the race after the crash. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands lies down after crashing during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stringer

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of Netherlands is seen after crashing during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stringer

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands is helped after crashing during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stringer

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands is pictured after crashing during the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stringer

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands reacts after crossing the finish line in the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez (L) of Spain celebrates winning the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race ahead of Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France in Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 1

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France celebrates with the yellow jersey on the podium after the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour July 10, 2011. Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Voeckler took the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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