Want a signed copy of Max Leonard’s new book “Higher Calling”? It was enjoyed and reviewed the other day here and now here’s your chance to win a copy with a simple quiz.

The book is all about the mountains and their role in cycling, whether for pro races or the challenge they offer to us all. The competition is designed to celebrate the Tour’s passage through the Alps.

Just guess the first rider to the top of each of the three marked climbs that feature in the Tour de France’s 18th stage.

To help the three climbs are:

- Km 60.0 –
**Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées**: 3.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% – category 3 - Km 129.5 –
**Col de Vars**(2109m): 9.3km at 7.5% – category 1 - Km 179.5 –
**Col d’Izoard**(2360m): 14.1km at 7.3% – category H

**How to enter**

Leave your pick or picks in a comment below, it’s as easy as that.

You can post under any pseudonym and please be reassured this is not one of those email harvesting exercises masquerading as a competition, you don’t have to leave your email address and if you do you’ll never be bothered, promised.

**The rules bit**

- The order of your picks should match the order of the climbs, see the example comment below
- All comments left before midday on Thursday Euro time are valid
- if nobody guesses right the closest picks will be selected with priority going to the highest climbs
- in the event of a tie, the names get pasted into a spreadsheet and selected by random function

Mathew Hayman, Yukiya Arashiro, Carlos Betancur

(I’ve got a review copy already, the above is just a sample to show how to answer, see if you can make some sharper picks)

Hayman’s first time finishing in Paris was last year. Betancur is looking for his first TdF finish, Arashiro his 7th.

W. barguil, J. pantano, j. Pantano.

in the event of a tie, the names get pasted into a spreadsheet and selected by random function

Dude. You literally have your own branded hats that you could pull a name out of!

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet…

Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

Michael Matthews, Primoz Roglic, Rigoberto Uran

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

Alexis Vuillermoz,Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

de Gendt, Barguil, Bardet

Lilian Calmejane, Primoz Roglic, Christopher Froome

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Thomas DeGendt, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet.

Michael Matthews/ Warren Barguil/ Romain Bardet

Jan Bakelants, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

Not original, but: Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

DeGhent, Baraguil, Froome

Michael Matthews, Ben Gastauer, Romain Bardet

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Mikel Landa

Tony Gallopin, Pierre Latour, Chris Froome

Barguil…Barguil…Bardet

Thomas de Gendt, Alberto Contador, Warren Barguil

De Gendt, Roglic, Uran

De Gendt, Barguil, Uran

1*Martin, Tony

2*Martin, Tony

3*Froome

Roglic, Barguil, Uran

De gendt, Calmejane, bardet

Rolland, Gallopin, Froome

Thomas De Gendt, Brambilla, Amador.

Barguil, Barguil, Froome

Barguil

Bardet

Uran

Michael Matthews, Warren Bargui, Chris Froome

Roglic, Barguil, Froome

Barguil Barguil Froome

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

Calmejane, Contador, Froome

Simon Geschke

Steve Cummings

Romain Bardet

Barguil

Barguil

Landa

Barguil, Rolland, Uran

1. Barguil

2. Landa

3. Froome

Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Thomas De Gendt

Brice Feillu, Serge Pauwels, Damiano Caruso

Voecker, Landa, Bardet.

Barguil, Voeckler, Quintana

De gent , Jan baekelants , bardet

Barguil, Bardet, Froome

de Gendt, Barguil, Contador

Mathews

Barguil

Dan Martin

A Barguil hattrick!

Barguil, Barguil… BARGUIL!

Matthews, Barguil, Froome

De Gendt, Cummings, Froome

Lance

Jan

Marco

Landa

Landa

Landa

Michael Matthews

Warren Barguil

Daniel Martin

De gendt , barguil , bardet

barguil contador froome

de gendt, roglic, yates

Barguil, Contador, Uran

barguil, barguil, uran

Voeckler, de Gendt, Nieve

Roglic, de Gendt, Aru

barguil, martin, bardet

Michael Matthews, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome

Barguil, Brambilla, Uran

Voeckler, Barguil, Bardet

Voeckler, Barguil, Froome

Barguil, Barguil, Froome

Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran.

-With Uran winning the 2017 Tour.

-But a pesky suspicion Landa will win on Col d’Izoard. NO; Froome has not won one yet…

Matthews

Barguil

Froome

cummings, cummings, bardet

DeGendt Barguil Froome

Matthews

Barguil

Aru

Matthews, Barguil, Bardet

Thomas De Gendt; Warren Barguil; Chris Froome… 🙂

Sagan, Porte, Porte.

Would keep things even more interesting at this point.

Otherwise I guess I’m in the Barguil, Barguil, Froom/Bardet camp.

Great challenge, my mother told me gambling’s for fools.

thanks for the daily fix.

Roglic, Barguil, Bardet

De Gendt, De Gendt, Froome

Thomas de Gendt, Thomas de Gendt, Fabio Aru

Barguil, De Gendt, Dan Martin.

De Gendt, Barguil, Froome

Warren Barguil, Michal Kwiatkowski, Rigoberto Uran

De Gendt, Barguil, Uran

Serge Pauwels, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Kwiatkowski, Uran

J. Bakelants, J. Pantano, F. Aru

Kiryienka strolls the halls of Valhalla. OG.

Tony Gallopin; Romain Bardet; Uran Rigoberto!

De Gendt, De Gendt, Froome

Michael Matthews, Warren Bargui, Alberto Contador

Roglic, Roglic, Latour

Barguil, Gallopin, Martin

Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet, Romain Bardet.

Matthews, Roglic, Uran

Matthews doesn’t need to go for intermediate sprints any more, he’ll be chilling in the pack avoiding risks for the next few days.

Or on duty protecting Barguil from de Gendt? 😉

I might order the book on Amazon 🙂

Roglic, Roglic, Bardet

Roglic, bardet, froome

Geschke, Contador, Uran.

Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

matthews, barguil, landa

DeGendt, Barguil, Uran

Voeckler, Chavanel, Froome

Quintana, Quintana, Bardet

Happy Colombian independence day

Primož Roglič, Primož Roglič, Warren Barguil

🙂

Michael Matthews, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome

De Gendt, Mollema, Mollema

Barguil, Contador, Uran

Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran, Chris Froome

De Gendt, De Gendt, Uran

De Gendt, Barguil, Froome,

Warren Barguil; Jarlinson Pantano; Chris Froome

Mathews, Barguil, Uran.

Thanks Inrng you’re awesome.

That’s not a bribe!

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Mikel Landa

Bouet, Bardet, Landa

Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet, Chris Froome.

Barguil

Barguil

Landa

Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil, Dan Martin

Bardet, Bardet, Froome

Allez!

Swift, Roglic, Uran

De Gendt, Barguil, Landa

Barguil

Barguil

Martin

Is anyone else approaching a state of Zen meditation reading through these comments?

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

Barguil, Barguil, Bardet.

…

Jarlinson Pantano, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

Primož Roglič, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Barguil, Contador, Froome

De Gendt, Barguil, Froome

Barguil, De Gendt, Urán.

De Gendt , Barguil , Froome

1) De Gent

2) Barguil

3) Froome

Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Fabio Aru

De Gent, Barguil, Landa

michael matthews, thomas de gendt, fabio aru

Thomas De Gendt, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

de Gendt

Barguil

Froome

Steve Cummings, Warren Barguil, Dan Martin

Yates,

Landa,

Froome

Geschke

De Gendt

Froome

Barguil

Landa

Froome

Matthews, Barguil, Uran

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Froome

De Gendt, Landa, Froome Dog

Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

Voeckler

Nieve

Bardet

Geshcke; Contador; Froome

De gendt, Contador, Landa

De Gendt, Barguil, Bardet.

Warren Barguil | Dan Martin | Rigoberto Uran

roglic, barguil, froome

De Genht, Barguil, Froome

de Gendt, Barguil, Uran

1. T de Gendt then….

2. W Barguil then….

3. R Bardet

DeGendt, DeGendt, Bardet

Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Fabio Aru

The time cut has passed now. Any more entries don’t count. Good luck to everyone

it’s almost as if you know there was going to be a 50 man break up the road… 😉

Three people picked Barguil as the stage winner/Izoard summit finish:

Neil

A different J Evans

Waldo

Lots of picks for De Gendt for the first climb. Nobody picked Lutsensko for the Col de Vars.

Neil also picked De Gendt for the first climb so that’s first prize but since there are three copies, Neil, a different J Evans and Waldo all win, please drop me an email to claim your prize.