Tour de France Stage 8 Preview

July 14, 2014

The first mountain stage of the Tour de France, today’s stage offers a lively finish with some sharp climbs saved for late including the first summit finish of the Tour. The first of the Vosges trilogy over the long weekend in France, today is a mountain hors d’oeuvre but promises an exiting finish.

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Tour de France Stage 7 Preview

July 11, 2014

The Tour heads east towards the Vosges mountains and this is a final transition stage ahead of the mountains. Two late climbs add some suspense to the finish, it’s uncertain if the sprinters can cope. There’s nothing severe but it makes for a finish that’s harder to control.

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Vive L’Indifférence

July 10, 2014

The Tour de France attracts about 12 million people to the roadside. That’s the biggest audience in the world. Subtract the foreigners on holiday and roughly 15% of the French population will watch the race, impressive given the route has to miss many regions each year. It’s easy to imagine cycling as a wildly popular […]

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Stage 6 Preview

July 10, 2014

The aftermath of Stage 5. Today should see a sprint finish as well as giving riders a chance to stretch their legs after yesterday’s battering. As well as the race we’ll get a history lesson plus a presidential visit.

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Stage 5 Wrap

July 9, 2014

Lars Boom was first today but Vincenzo Nibali was the winner. It’s only Wednesday and already the Tour de France has seen enough drama to fill an HBO series.

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Tour de France Stage 5 Preview

July 9, 2014

The fear stage. Today the Tour de France borrows a day from April and uses the cobbled farm tracks of Paris-Roubaix and if there’s not a mountain in sight this stage is crucial for all the overall contenders. A summer classic? Perhaps but the weather forecast predicts grim conditions straight from the spring.

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Tour de France Podcast Reviews

July 8, 2014

One of the great things about the Tour de France is the amount of coverage and content available. This includes podcasts. I’m a fan of podcasts as you can listen whilst doing something else and the way they are recorded means analysis and debate of the day’s racing as opposed to live coverage. With this […]

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Tour de France Stage 4 Preview

July 8, 2014

Another day for the sprinters. Is a Marcel Kittel win inevitable?

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The Field of the Cloth of Gold

July 7, 2014

As the Tour de France convoy returns to French soil via the port of Calais it passes right by the village of Ardres, a nondescript place except it was once the site of an extravagant display of wealth and power between the Kings of France and England in 1520. The Tour’s visit to Yorkshire and […]

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Tour de France Stage 3 Preview

July 7, 2014

A short stage to London where a sprint finish looks certain given the flat terrain and wide roads in the British capital. After yesterday’s slog across the climbs of Yorkshire today’s stage is almost a rest day but it’s never easy when the race speeds through at city at 60km/h. If you plan to watch […]

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