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Higher Calling Book Giveaway

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

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • The Inner Ring Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 7:42 pm

    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)

    • Foley Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:22 am

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

    • Paulyork64 Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:47 am

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

    • Graham Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:25 am

      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!

    • Tugger Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:31 am

      Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Michael Clark Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 7:58 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • MarkP Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:12 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet…

  • Mattgc Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:18 pm

    Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

  • Ecky Thump Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:41 pm

    Michael Matthews, Primoz Roglic, Rigoberto Uran

  • Yodi Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:44 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

  • Metz Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:46 pm

    Alexis Vuillermoz,Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Rich-t Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:48 pm

    de Gendt, Barguil, Bardet

  • Txurruka Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:49 pm

    Lilian Calmejane, Primoz Roglic, Christopher Froome

  • alan wilson Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:49 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • BenW Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:50 pm

    Thomas DeGendt, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet.

  • Joao Fodao Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:50 pm

    Michael Matthews/ Warren Barguil/ Romain Bardet

  • David Burkett Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:50 pm

    Jan Bakelants, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

  • Louis Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:55 pm

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

  • Jeff Mayer Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:59 pm

    DeGhent, Baraguil, Froome

  • Eric Besenius Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:04 pm

    Michael Matthews, Ben Gastauer, Romain Bardet

  • Eccyke Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:05 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

  • Nicholas Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:06 pm

    Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Mikel Landa

  • Geoff Bumble Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:06 pm

    Tony Gallopin, Pierre Latour, Chris Froome

  • MR TIM MITCHELL Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:08 pm

    Barguil…Barguil…Bardet

  • Neil Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:09 pm

    Thomas de Gendt, Alberto Contador, Warren Barguil

  • Matt Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:10 pm

    De Gendt, Roglic, Uran

  • Jeroen Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:15 pm

    De Gendt, Barguil, Uran

  • Haps Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:16 pm

    1*Martin, Tony
    2*Martin, Tony
    3*Froome

  • Allegedly Anthony Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:17 pm

    Roglic, Barguil, Uran

  • David Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:20 pm

    De gendt, Calmejane, bardet

  • Bodsey Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:21 pm

    Rolland, Gallopin, Froome

  • Juuso I Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:22 pm

    Thomas De Gendt, Brambilla, Amador.

  • Drdomdom Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:25 pm

    Barguil, Barguil, Froome

  • Menhir Delivery Man Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:30 pm

    Barguil
    Bardet
    Uran

  • hoh Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:35 pm

    Michael Matthews, Warren Bargui, Chris Froome

  • RonDe Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:41 pm

    Roglic, Barguil, Froome

  • Georgckx Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:46 pm

    Barguil Barguil Froome

  • Papuass Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:50 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

  • JT Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:51 pm

    Calmejane, Contador, Froome

  • Alastair Tomlinson Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:54 pm

    Simon Geschke
    Steve Cummings
    Romain Bardet

  • paul wood Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:03 pm

    Barguil
    Barguil
    Landa

  • Vincent guerin Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:05 pm

    Barguil, Rolland, Uran

  • Simon Warren Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:25 pm

    1. Barguil
    2. Landa
    3. Froome

  • Taylor Benson Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:29 pm

    Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Thomas De Gendt

  • Ronytominger Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:29 pm

    Brice Feillu, Serge Pauwels, Damiano Caruso

  • Yann Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:30 pm

    Voecker, Landa, Bardet.

  • Prognosticater Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:33 pm

    Barguil, Voeckler, Quintana

  • Fergus ennis Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:34 pm

    De gent , Jan baekelants , bardet

  • John I Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:37 pm

    Barguil, Bardet, Froome

  • BigSigh Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:45 pm

    de Gendt, Barguil, Contador

  • Neongabriel Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:51 pm

    Mathews
    Barguil
    Dan Martin

  • A different J Evans Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:18 pm

    A Barguil hattrick!

    Barguil, Barguil… BARGUIL!

  • DavidP Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:21 pm

    Matthews, Barguil, Froome

  • L'Islandais Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:26 pm

    De Gendt, Cummings, Froome

  • LeoA Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:29 pm

    Lance
    Jan
    Marco

  • Garry Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:32 pm

    Landa
    Landa
    Landa

  • STS Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:33 pm

    Michael Matthews
    Warren Barguil
    Daniel Martin

  • Donie Walsh Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:45 pm

    De gendt , barguil , bardet

  • stevemaks Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:46 pm

    barguil contador froome

  • gc Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:46 pm

    de gendt, roglic, yates

  • Paião Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:48 pm

    Barguil, Contador, Uran

  • simon Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:49 pm

    barguil, barguil, uran

  • Foley Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:55 pm

    Voeckler, de Gendt, Nieve

  • al Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:59 pm

    Roglic, de Gendt, Aru

  • Christine Le Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:06 am

    barguil, martin, bardet

  • Ben Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:08 am

    Michael Matthews, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome

  • Philip Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:09 am

    Barguil, Brambilla, Uran

  • Jonnus Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:10 am

    Voeckler, Barguil, Bardet

  • Sam G Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:12 am

    Voeckler, Barguil, Froome

  • Neil Copeland Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:20 am

    Barguil, Barguil, Froome

  • kiszol Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:22 am

    Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran

  • Strictly Amateur / The GCW Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:34 am

    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…

  • AG Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:40 am

    Matthews
    Barguil
    Froome

  • tedba Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:01 am

    cummings, cummings, bardet

  • Leroy Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:39 am

    DeGendt Barguil Froome

  • Michael Bachmann Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:45 am

    Matthews
    Barguil
    Aru

  • DmcK Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:51 am

    Matthews, Barguil, Bardet

  • CGradeCyclist Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:51 am

    Thomas De Gendt; Warren Barguil; Chris Froome… 🙂

  • Brian Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:13 am

    Sagan, Porte, Porte.
    Would keep things even more interesting at this point.
    Otherwise I guess I’m in the Barguil, Barguil, Froom/Bardet camp.

  • Othersteve Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:33 am

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

    thanks for the daily fix.

  • Justin Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:33 am

    Roglic, Barguil, Bardet

  • Ian Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:34 am

    De Gendt, De Gendt, Froome

  • Eh? Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:36 am

    Thomas de Gendt, Thomas de Gendt, Fabio Aru

  • Art Mac Manusa Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:56 am

    Barguil, De Gendt, Dan Martin.

  • Scott Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:14 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Froome

  • Clingon Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:32 am

    Warren Barguil, Michal Kwiatkowski, Rigoberto Uran

  • Frank Sumatra Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:40 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Uran

  • Réallon Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:22 am

    Serge Pauwels, Barguil, Bardet.

  • velopoint Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:27 am

    Barguil, Kwiatkowski, Uran

  • I. M. Hopeful Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:28 am

    J. Bakelants, J. Pantano, F. Aru

  • TDog Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:31 am

    Kiryienka strolls the halls of Valhalla. OG.

  • marmot Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:14 am

    Tony Gallopin; Romain Bardet; Uran Rigoberto!

  • Egemen Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:16 am

    De Gendt, De Gendt, Froome

  • Andrew Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:32 am

    Michael Matthews, Warren Bargui, Alberto Contador

  • Lachlan Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:32 am

    Roglic, Roglic, Latour

  • Jo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:34 am

    Barguil, Gallopin, Martin

  • SilverSurfer8 Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:34 am

    Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet, Romain Bardet.

  • Archie Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:34 am

    Matthews, Roglic, Uran

    • Jerome Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:39 am

      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.

      • Ecky Thump Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:57 am

        Or on duty protecting Barguil from de Gendt? 😉

        • Ecky Thump Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:29 pm

          I might order the book on Amazon 🙂

  • Theo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:35 am

    Roglic, Roglic, Bardet

  • Jerome Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:38 am

    Roglic, bardet, froome

  • Ray McGillicuddy Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:53 am

    Geschke, Contador, Uran.

  • cherrypicked Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:54 am

    Primoz Roglic, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

  • Ralph d'Huez Thursday, 20 July 2017, 6:01 am

    matthews, barguil, landa

  • cmandigo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 6:03 am

    DeGendt, Barguil, Uran

  • Bigdave Thursday, 20 July 2017, 6:36 am

    Voeckler, Chavanel, Froome

  • Sead Thursday, 20 July 2017, 6:51 am

    Quintana, Quintana, Bardet

    Happy Colombian independence day

  • waldo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:10 am

    Primož Roglič, Primož Roglič, Warren Barguil
    🙂

  • Nire Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:26 am

    Michael Matthews, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome

  • Rob Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:26 am

    De Gendt, Mollema, Mollema

  • Duncan Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:39 am

    Barguil, Contador, Uran

  • Joel Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:49 am

    Warren Barguil, Rigoberto Uran, Chris Froome

  • David Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:50 am

    De Gendt, De Gendt, Uran

  • Rön Obvious Thursday, 20 July 2017, 7:51 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Froome,

  • VeloClubManuChao Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:05 am

    Warren Barguil; Jarlinson Pantano; Chris Froome

  • baad-booboo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:19 am

    Mathews, Barguil, Uran.

    Thanks Inrng you’re awesome.

    That’s not a bribe!

  • Clipper Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:33 am

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Mikel Landa

  • Graham Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:35 am

    Bouet, Bardet, Landa

  • David Steer Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:44 am

    Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet, Chris Froome.

  • Jamie L Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:53 am

    Barguil
    Barguil
    Landa

  • David K Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:55 am

    Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil, Dan Martin

  • David Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:02 am

    Bardet, Bardet, Froome

    Allez!

  • ariealt Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:09 am

    Swift, Roglic, Uran

  • Paul Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:20 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Landa

  • Chris J Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:31 am

    Barguil
    Barguil
    Martin

  • David Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:33 am

    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.

  • Bilmo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:33 am

    Jarlinson Pantano, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

  • Octo Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:41 am

    Primož Roglič, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Kav Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:51 am

    Barguil, Contador, Froome

  • DJR Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:53 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Froome

  • David Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:54 am

    Barguil, De Gendt, Urán.

  • The Wee Hon Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:09 am

    De Gendt , Barguil , Froome

  • Russell Smith Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:13 am

    1) De Gent
    2) Barguil
    3) Froome

  • R Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:13 am

    Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Fabio Aru

  • Nick Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:15 am

    De Gent, Barguil, Landa

  • Rob Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:18 am

    michael matthews, thomas de gendt, fabio aru

  • JeffGoldblumIII Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:18 am

    Thomas De Gendt, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Ishisht Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:19 am

    de Gendt
    Barguil
    Froome

  • Rob Friend Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:20 am

    Steve Cummings, Warren Barguil, Dan Martin

  • Pete Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:34 am

    Yates,
    Landa,
    Froome

  • Ricardo André Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:41 am

    Geschke
    De Gendt
    Froome

  • Ned Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:42 am

    Barguil
    Landa
    Froome

  • davidk Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:45 am

    Matthews, Barguil, Uran

  • Taryn Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:03 am

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Lukasz Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:10 am

    Thomas de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Romain Bardet

  • brianthemagical Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:12 am

    de Gendt, Warren Barguil, Froome

  • Tom V Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:20 am

    De Gendt, Landa, Froome Dog

  • paddyirish Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:24 am

    Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil, Chris Froome

  • Jorgelito Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:25 am

    Voeckler
    Nieve
    Bardet

  • RoryA Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:28 am

    Geshcke; Contador; Froome

  • albiztur Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:31 am

    De gendt, Contador, Landa

  • aftertheglory Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:38 am

    De Gendt, Barguil, Bardet.

  • Mike Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:56 am

    Warren Barguil | Dan Martin | Rigoberto Uran

  • seryi Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:58 am

    roglic, barguil, froome

  • Zet Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:59 am

    De Genht, Barguil, Froome

  • Ian Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:20 pm

    de Gendt, Barguil, Uran

  • Barry Cameron Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:22 pm

    1. T de Gendt then….
    2. W Barguil then….
    3. R Bardet

  • Kevin Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:48 pm

    DeGendt, DeGendt, Bardet

  • mpm Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:13 pm

    Warren Barguil, Warren Barguil, Fabio Aru

  • The Inner Ring Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:14 pm

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

    • tedba Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:25 pm

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

  • The Inner Ring Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:28 pm

    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.