Tag Archives: Tour de France

The joy of Gary Imlach’s Tour de France coverage

Gary Imlach has been part of my summer for 20 years now, so it feels right to praise one of the best broadcasters in sport. A carrier bag for a hat The image of him defying the elements – a … Continue reading

Posted in Tour de France, Video | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

London 2007 v Yorkshire 2014 – Tour de France compared

So the report into Yorkshire (and London and Cambridge) hosting the Grand Depart 2014 has finally surfaced. You can read the full report here as a PDF file . Here’s the equivalent summary for London 2007 which is worth re-reading as a … Continue reading

Posted in Tour de France, Yorkshire Grand Depart | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up?

Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up? I’m not certain the hope of their claims can be matched by the expectations of reality. Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Tour de France, Yorkshire Grand Depart | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

What is the challenge facing British Cycling and Sir Dave Brailsford?

Winning Le Tour De France with a British rider was the stated purpose of Team Sky from the outset. How has that challenge changed, or did they think they’d fluke it once and that would be it? Continue reading

Posted in British Cycling, Professional, Women | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why winning bike races can make you unpopular with the public

A lot of flak is hovering around the Team Sky bus right now with questions about transparency, employees and results going off all over. Bradley Wiggins is the most obvious target of much of the incoming fire, in particular over … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

3 things from 3 Tour de France stages

1. Team Sky have not become self-aware For all their dominance in the run-up to the Tour, they seem to be lacking the confidence to place Wiggins in the posh seats at the front. Sending back multiple riders to try … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

We need to talk about Frank

There’s been widespread questioning of Andy Schleck’s ability to be competitive at the Tour de France 2012 after a disastrous Dauphiné which saw him abandon, succumbing to the effects of a crash in the time trial. The Dauphin, dethroned at … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Schleck, Professional, Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bad habits in the Benelux – the wayward learning of Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck has probably forgotten more about bike riding than most of us will ever learn. but the one thing he is yet to learn is perhaps the lesson he most needs: Success begets success. Image by Jean Pierre Belot … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Schleck, Professional | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tour de France 2011 stage 21 photos

Here’s the first few off the camera. Will upload and tag more later.

Posted in Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Praise and honour from the first to the last

The greatest paradox of the Tour de France is that there is almost as much praise and honour to be accorded to the last placed rider as the first. Thomas Voeckler has set up a fascinating final week by defending … Continue reading

Posted in Tour de France | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment