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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Tour de France starts on Saturday. During July I’ll be doing a few blog pieces for that touch on the Tour de France, the usual “Inner Ring” take on things.

Each time I’ll link to them in case you want to read and the first piece is now available to read online.

It’s a general take on the Tour, to say that even if you prefer other races – for whatever reason – the Tour just attracts a level of coverage that means there’s always something to enjoy during July. Even if the racing proves boring, you’ll get soap opera stories about riders struggling with injuries, controversy over sprint finishes and other sub plots. The sheer size of the race means so many details get covered when often they’d be overlooked in another race.

I was asked if I’d be interested in write something for their website and thought it would be fun to try. Nothing’s changing here at, you’ll find the usual mix of things.

TomC June 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I noticed your article and at first thought they were just ripping off your TdF guide! An article that is as enjoyable as ever to read, does this mean you are hitting the ‘big time’?!

Guadzilla June 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hey, would you mind posting a link here to each new post on when it goes online please?

Guadzilla June 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Although I have to say, these days the Giro is probably harder than the Tour.

bikecellar June 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

@Guadzilla. The parcours yes, the level of competition NO.

Kris June 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Congrats! Have fun.

Craig June 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Congrats, I saw the piece on about you, you do an excellent job!

jose espinoza June 30, 2011 at 2:22 am

The riders to follow, the tense of the climbing walls in the mountains, I will be behind my desk while race is on a hot moment, but I will follow daily basic this blog for, we have a Costarican his first time with Movistar, so there another good reason to follow.

C Grade Cyclist June 30, 2011 at 2:44 am

Indeed – its like Wimbledon in tennis, or the US Masters in golf.

Yoc ould argue whether the courts/course and conditions are as hard as other events. But the immense prestige attached to each event, coupled with the fact they get by far the strongest fields, means they really are the biggest events on their respective calendars.

I too am a huge fan of the Giro as the ‘best race’. But really, its all about the Tour, and I’ll be spending most of July rugged up on my couch in the middle of the night watching all the stages…

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