Tag Archives: Tour de France

Wee Bert Contador’s big wheels

He’s known round our house as “Wee Bert Contador” on account of someone once describing him as “that wee lad who rides with Armstrong” last year. 2010 is going to be a bugger of a year for him if you … Continue reading

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Col du Tourmalet celebrates its centenary

So on Sunday 18 July 2010 9,500 riders will head off from Pau in search of the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, the summit on which the centenary visit to the Pyrenees will focus. I’ve gone two years without … Continue reading

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Stage 15 – Contador goes fast up hills

Statement of the obvious: shit happens fast in a bike race. You can keep up when all you’re doing is watching and shouting at the telly, it’s entirely different when you’re trying to form coherent, publishable sentences for live text … Continue reading

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What we learned from the first week of Le Tour 2009

1. If you were expecting the GC to be exciting and to change hands like it did last year, then you were mistaken. Once Cancellara bagged jaune in Monaco it was going to be tough to shift him until the … Continue reading

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Betting on the Tour de France 2009

Way back in 2006 I made my most successful tip on the race ever: I told a friend who does a fair bit of betting to take Flooyd Landis to win on Betfair at around 70/1. He might well have … Continue reading

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Lance in France

Lance in France, originally uploaded by Bike miscellany. With a nod to the excellent Competitive Cyclist for uploading this. It’s a work of strange beauty and genius. Now I’m running through a list of other “legendary moments from Le Tour” … Continue reading

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As Le Tour approaches so does doping scandal

Once you become a fan of professional bike racing, your year develops a pattern based around the race calendar. It shapes your moods and expectations, how focused you are at work, who you dream of being on the bike. It … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong to ride Tour and Giro

He announced it on twitter with the words: “Just did an interview with AP announcing I am doing the Tour de France in 2009” Which means the corporate machines kick into overdrive and the press has to figure out the … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong Rides Again

Yes, you heard right. First interview in Vanity Fair is online now. Lance Armstrong Rides Again – Vanity Fair It’s a masterful piece of PR all round because this comeback isn’t about bike racing, it’s about cancer. Go on, you … Continue reading

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Wim Vansevenant, a record in rouge

Great picture that my girlfriend found on Flickr of Wim holding a Lanterne Rouge to mark his rare achievement of finishing the Tour de France last three times in a row. Photo credit: NATHALIE MAGNIEZ/AFP/Getty Images To finish the race … Continue reading

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