Tour Stage 8 Preview

July 11, 2015

The Mûr-de-Bretagne’s mini summit finish awaits after a ride across Brittany with its hilly and tiring roads. In 2011 Cadel Evans won the stage before winning the Tour de France. The same again? We’ll see but the approach to the climb this time is different.

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The Caravan of Money

July 10, 2015

Adults hauled folding chairs and picnic coolboxes, children carried hats, bags and small packets of sweets. They were moving in the opposite direction and this was worrying. I’d planned on watching the Tour de France and many were leaving. Surely I hadn’t got the time wrong? Perhaps the racing so furious it was over an […]

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Tour Stage 7 Preview

July 10, 2015

A rare regular sprint finish, or at least as close as it gets because the final few hundred metres kick up. We should get another bunch sprint while Chris Froome gets a new and unwanted spell in the yellow jersey.

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Tour Stage 6 Preview

July 9, 2015

A long coastal section with exposed roads that are narrow in parts, enough to fray the nerves any day but the forecast is for more crosswinds. The stage ends with a punchy uphill finish, perfect for Peter Sagan and everyone who tries to follow his wheel.

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The Podcast Explosion

July 8, 2015

This Tour always means more cycling coverage and there are only so many hours a day you can watch the Tour de France and read about it online. For the rest there’s a podcast. This year brings an explosion in the number of podcasts to download, here are some thoughts and links to some of […]

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Tour Stage 5 Preview

July 8, 2015

Almost a rest day, this stage was promised for the sprinters and supposed to offer a predictable scenario. Only strong winds are forecast and we could have an afternoon of crosswind action.

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Tour Stage 4 Review

July 7, 2015

The stage and the yellow jersey for Tony Martin. Since Stage 1 he’s been second on GC and it was becoming a comedy skit where he stands in line in the queue for the yellow jersey and only for someone to jump in front each time its his turn. On the Mur de Huy Chris […]

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Routes, Racing and Ratings

July 7, 2015

Want to draw your own route for the Tour de France? You could start with a map and a pen but what you really need is a TV remote control, if not in your hand then in your mind. More than ever the Tour de France route is being designed for television viewers, to make […]

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Tour de France Stage 4 Preview

July 7, 2015

Crosswinds, the Ardennes and now it’s time for some cobbles in the North of France. The Tour de France continues its tour of the spring classics. Fabian Cancellara is out with a broken back, others left the race too and all before today’s stage, the most feared of them all.

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Tour Stage 3 Preview

July 6, 2015

The first hills of the Tour de France with the infamous Mur de Huy and its 20% slopes as the finish. Unlike the spring classic this is climbed only once so there are subtle differences between today’s stage and April’s Flèche Wallonne race.

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