Tour de France

Jul 05 2019

The Tour on the Telly. Will Imlach, Boulting and Millar nail it again?

All pictures with kind permission of Vsquared TV   With the Tour de France finally upon us, it’s appropriate to reflect on that most crucial element of a 3 week Grand Tour; the Highlights show on the telly. It’s one of life’s genuine pleasures. They are a great way to catch up and condense what…

Aug 02 2018

A tale of two heroes

On the cobbles of the Champs Elysees and with the world watching, Geraint Thomas finally won what had appeared destined to be permanently out of his reach. Always the Bridesmaid but never the Bride, ‘G’, finally held it all together for three weeks and won cycling’s greatest prize of all. Not only in South Wales…

Jul 25 2018

‘G’ on top (and looking the real deal)

OK, so it’s looking increasingly like we may have called this one wrong. Geraint Thomas is looking every bit the Champion and if he does hold it together till Paris, it will be massively well deserved. History says one writes off Chris Froome at one’s peril but maybe 4 straight Grand Tours and his extraordinary…

Jul 20 2018

Changing of the Guard? Not just yet.

What an extraordinary day on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez. Geraint Thomas not only became the first Brit to win on the fabled mountain but also the first rider to win wearing yellow. That’s some achievement by any measure. And by finishing so strong in a sprint once again, he finished the day 1m 39…

Jul 19 2018

Stage 11 – Sky show who’s boss. But who?

So the first real test of the GC contenders came in the form of a short stage with three gruelling climbs, the last a summit finish up the La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo. La Rosiere is especially cheeky. 17km long with an average gradient of 5.8%, it’s the middle section, of 6km at 8.2% that…

Jul 17 2018

Stage 9 – Pandemonium on the Pave

When Jens Voigt visited Criterium Cycles a few years ago and we enjoyed a wonderful evening with one of the legends of the sport, one thing he said in particular made me smile and has stayed with me ever since. He recalled, as a young pro rider, being introduced to cobbles for the first time….

Jul 11 2018

Le Tour 2018 – Stages 3 & 4

All change (well, a bit…)   Stage 3   As predicted by your columnist (we don’t need mystic octopuses here!) BMC triumphed in the Team Time Trial on Monday by a sufficient enough margin (an almighty 4 seconds) to put Greg van Avermaet in yellow and catapult Riche Porte up the rankings as well. BMC’s…

Jul 09 2018

Le Tour 2018 – Stage 2

Mayhem  on the flat   What is it about this year’s Tour de France that appears to be featuring more crashes in the first two stages than the entire race did in 2017? That’s probably completely wrong of course (we haven’t done the detail analysis of the stats to say one way or another) but…

Jul 08 2018

Le Tour 2018 – Stage 1 (and a few words on Salbutamol)

Salbutamol. A medical word that only a relatively small group of people were aware of a couple of weeks ago including of course those who suffer from asthma, a genuinely unpleasant and at times quite frightening condition. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of WADA, UCI, Team Sky and whole load of journalists and commentators,…

Jul 15 2016

Not far enough from the madding crowd on Mt. Ventoux

One of the traditional features of competitive cycling at the elite level is the contribution made by the crowd to the atmosphere and the sense of dramatic occasion. I say contribution because sometimes it is welcome, sometimes not. Yesterday in the most farcical scenes imaginable, on a day of Mt. Ventoux drama, it was the…

Jul 13 2016

Bauke Mollema – the quiet Man of the Peleton

Before we talk about Bauke Mollema, watching Peter Sagan these last ten days has been quite an exhausting experience. And that’s before we even talk about cycling. In the preview show on ITV 4 for this year’s edition of the Tour De France, we were subjected to, sorry, enchanted by a short film on the Slovakian showman….

Jul 11 2016

Chris Froome maintains lead after Tour de France Stage 9

Tour De France Stage 9 started in glorious sunshine. It finished in a rain and hail storm that better resembled the set of a post apocalyptic CGI Hollywood blockbuster rather than a cycle race. Still, it was exciting nonetheless and Tom Dumoulin thoroughly deserved his win on the climb to Andorre Arcalis with Chris Froome…

Jul 10 2016

Chris Froome storms to the yellow jersey on Col de Peyresourde

Britain’s Chris Froome of Team Sky stunned the rest of the Tour de France (and pretty much the entire cycle race watching public) yesterday. The reason? A stunning descent off the Col de Peyresourde on Stage 7 of the 2016 edition of the Tour de France. Leaving the chasing pack dithering over what to do…

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