The Heat Takes Its Toll

Wilco Kelderman

It’s been infernally hot on the Tour de France with the temperature in the shade reaching 39°C (102°F). Only the riders can’t sit in the shade they must race in the open. Reports said riders drank up to 20 bottles each during yesterday’s stage.

Thirst and heatstroke are obvious factors but the heat takes its toll in many ways.

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The Waste of a Race

Paris Nice Green Zone

Time for some trash talk. There are many efforts to clean up cycling these days but here’s a more obvious example: stop riders littering the countryside they ride through.

Trials have been done in several races and now the UCI is getting on board for Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

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Ecological protests against Tour de France

Planche des Belles Filles

First up don’t get visions of thousands of Frenchmen waving banners and going on strike. Protests are small but nevertheless the arrival of the Tour de France at the Planche des Belle Filles ski station is filling some pages of the French press.

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