Win a framed photograph from the Yorkshire stage

Competition Would you like to win this fantastic photograph of the huge crowds on the Côte de Buttertubs during the opening stage of the Tour de France? We have one framed print to give away courtesy of our photographer Simon Gill. If you were up there on the hill, it would make a fantastic souvenir […]

The voice of the Tour

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

By Richard Moore in Carcassonne Tall, dark-haired and suave, Sebastian Piquet always cuts a dash in the Village Départ of the Tour de France, though the other morning in Tallard, with a natty scarf knotted around his neck, he had upped his game. All that was missing was a beret and a sweater tossed over […]

Fun, games and frustration for Sagan

by Daniel Friebe in Saint-Étienne Another near miss in St Etienne on Thursday sparked further talk of Peter Sagan’s “crisis”. But is he really the tactical halfwit that some believe, or just cursed by a unique repertoire of talents? If he couldn’t laugh you suspect that he would have to cry – yet you also […]

The armchair sports director

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

by The Cycling Podcast in Oyonnax Earlier this year, Dave Brailsford set each member of his Sky management team a task to come up with the perfect Tour de France team made up of current professionals. Budget was not a factor, so they did not have to worry about what it would cost to assemble […]

Using an inhaler should not be a negative image for cycling

By Alistair Lumb Consultant in Diabetes, Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism I listened with great interest to your interview with Brian Cookson, the president of the UCI, on a recent podcast, but I wondered if I could offer an alternative perspective on the TUE part of the discussion. During the discussion Cookson himself […]

The other halves

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

Richard Moore in Mulhouse When Tony Gallopin crossed the finish line in Mulhouse on Sunday he rode into the yellow jersey and into the arms of his girlfriend, Marion Rousse. Rousse, also a professional rider with Lotto-Belisol, is moonlighting at the Tour de France, working for Eurosport and helping select the daily combativity (most aggressive […]

The Nibali you didn’t know

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

by Ciro Scognamiglio in Mulhouse We really ought to know everything about Vincenzo Nibali by now. But that’s not the case. There are reaches of the Sicilian’s character that are still unknown to die-hard fans, even though he turned professional way back in 2005 and has now been among the best riders in the world […]

Voigt, the meaning of life, the universe and everything

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

by Lionel Birnie in Nancy In the brilliant Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote about a hyper-intelligent computer called Deep Thought that was built to calculate the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. After seven and a half million years of calculations, it turned out that the answer […]

The Tour can be hard but it’s not war

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Top 10, Tour 2014, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Richard Moore in Arenberg George Orwell said that serious sport is war minus the shooting, but it isn’t, and I feel uncomfortable sometimes at the close links between sport and the military, as though they are two sides of the same coin. There has seemed in recent years to be a growing convergence between […]

Transfer tribulations

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Tour 2014, Tour de France | No Comments

by Lionel Birnie in Ypres The Tour de France has always been a commercial exercise, taking its riders off in pursuit of the money, particularly when it comes to hosting the increasingly lavish Grand Départ, which cost around £10 million to stage in Yorkshire. Towns and cities pay handsomely for the privilege of hosting a […]