First things first: Yes, there is indeed a conflict between today’s start of Le Tour de France and the continuing drama of La Coupe du Monde, because today is the second set of quarterfinals for the greatest prize of the most popular sport on earth. Now that I have said that, let’s please turn our attention to the first stage of Le Tour, which will take riders on a 190.5-kilometer dash from Leeds to Harrogate (the first few stages are in England this year). The most relaxing way to watch Le Tour is to focus not on its stars but on its peloton, a snaking mass of competitive life that moves like magic and goes well with a chilled summer drink. (Cafe Presse, 1117 12th Ave,, check online for start time)