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Tour de France 2013 – review

The 2013 Tour de France is over, and this year I really enjoyed it. I thought it was the best tour I can remember watching. Nearly as exciting as the breaking news that a British woman has just had a baby. Though Froome was clearly the strongest rider in the tour, there was sufficient drama […]

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Spectators at the Tour de France

. L’Alpe d’Huez. photo Bryan77 Watching the Tour de France stage to Alpe d’Huez I was in two minds about the spectators. Was this the greatest collection of sporting fans in the world? or the craziest and most dangerous? Watching the riders battle through a sea of flags, cameras, running spectators, people dressed as giant […]

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Doping questions – It’s not about Froome

I think it was J.Vaughters who said this was not a good year to win the Tour. The first year after USADA’a 2012 report on Armstrong, it’s only to be expected the spectre of doping would loom large. If Froome had crashed out on the first stage, there would have been just as many questions […]

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Armchair cycling pundits

It’s easy to be a reality armchair  cycling pundit ‘Why don’t you attack?’ Why don’t you ride faster? – these are all ideas that can easily come from the comfort of your sitting room. Yesterday, the tours stage was run at an average of over 47 km/h. That’s 47 km/h for 217 km. Usually, that […]

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Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France 2012

As Bradley Wiggins was interviewed by the Champs Elysees after finally wining the great race, Ned Boulting commentated that Wiggins and his Team have set so many historical precedents in the past few week, he must be running out of suitable quotes. But, though Wiggins may be sometimes short with journalists, he never seems short […]

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Donkeys in the Tour de France

As commentator SM says, one of the highlights of this year’s tour, behind Wiggins’ smile on stage 17, and Cavendish sprinting to stage 18.   Personally, I can’t wait for tour de France to come to Yorkshire. We can dress up the yellow jerseys in cows, sheep, whippets. But, I don’t think you can top […]

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Mark Cavendish

The Manx Missile

Mark Cavendish Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Weight 69 kg (150 lb) Speed during sprint – upto 48mph, 78Kmph Power during sprint: over 1000 watts [1] Tour de France Stage Wins (22 July 21st, 2012) With all the excitement of Wiggin’s dominance of the Tour, it’s easy to forget, in the same team, […]

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A Great Achivement at the Tour

British Tour de France winners are like the proverbial bus. You wait 105 years for one, then two turn up all at once. Froome will definitely have his chance in future years – he’s a very exciting rider, but this is Wiggins’ year and deservedly so. It’s hard work being a tour rider, they race […]

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Tour de France – Love and Hate

Tour de France – Love and Hate

I don’t think I’m the only one to have a love-hate relationship with the Tour de France. Under the stewardship of Henri Desgrange, the early tours were supposed to test riders to their absolute limits. For years Desgrange prevented the use of dĂ©railleur gears on the basis it would make it easier for the riders. […]

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