Tour de France Stage 8 Details

Today, the riders face a 181.5kms stage from Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne, and the key feature of the stage is the climb to the finish. The Mûr-de-Bretagne has featured just once before as a stage finish. In 2011, Cadel Evans timed his sprint perfectly to take the win. The climb has also featured in another stage, when it was on...

Vive le Tour – Louis Malle’s Documentary on the 1962 Tour de Franc

Vive le Tour is great short documentary by French filmmaker Louis Malle. It chronicles the 1962 Tour featuring scenes beyond just the racing itself. It shows the atmosphere as spectator gather to watch the race pass, the caravane publicitaire, the feed zone and drink raids. One of the most remarkable parts of the film is the footage of a...

Tour de France Stage 7 Details

The seventh stage of the Tour de France is 190.5kms from Livarot to Fougères, and this is a stage that should suit the sprinters. It's predominantly flat, with just a category 4 climb of the Cote de Canapville to be negotiated shortly after the start. Chris Froome (Team Sky) goes back into the race leader's position, following the withdrawal of...

Highlights of Stage 6 of the Tour de France

A serious crash had a big impact on the Tour de France again today, as yellow jersey wearer Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) crashed in the last kilometre. He was later diagnosed with a broken collarbone and forced to pull out of the race. 188 riders had started stage 6 in Abbeville, with Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) a non-starter due to a...

1880’s The Decade Virtual Reality Bicycle Trainers Were Invented

VR trainers are available but they haven't become mainstream yet and are not cheap. This extract from a book shows a DIY system using a bike, a set of rollers, a fan and a cinematograph so 'the pleasures of a tour can be had in a hall bedroom'. Below is some of the text from the book - The...

Speed up. Slow down. A Roadbike Film.

The Wheels are spinning and pedals turn, And one hundred revolutions occur each minute, That's when we start to listen, Who are randing or cheering or swearing. And the white noise of the wind in our face, Drowns out every days worries, When with every mile passing by, Those to-do lists become less urgent. In todays world life happens so fast. We are all in a...

Tour de France Stage 6 Details

Today's stage of the Tour de France along the coast of Normandy has a sting in the tail that could suit the likes of Peter Sagan, rather than Mark Cavendish or Andre Greipel. Usually, Michael Matthews (Orica - GreenEdge) could have been expected to contest the win, but the Australian is struggling with injuries. The riders will travel from Abbeville...

Highlights of Stage 5 of the Tour de France

Stage 5 of the Tour de France took the riders from Arras Communauté Urbaine to Amiens Métropole over a distance of 189.5kms. With no climbs on the route, it was always expected to be a stage that would suit the sprinters and that's how it turned out. Unfortunately for one of the big name sprinters in the race, Nacer Bouhanni,...

40 Years of the Polka Dot Jersey

Forty years ago this year, the iconic polka dot jersey was introduced to the Tour de France. It meant that for the first time, the best climber in the race would wear a distinctive jersey. The meilleur grimpeur (best climber) of the race had been first recognised by the l'Auto newspaper back in 1905, when René Pottier was chosen as...

Tour de France”Fans Training Center” (VIDEO)

Hilarious parody putting three typical Tour de France fans through some rigorous training ahead of the Tour. We see the familiar characters of the man in the morph suit, the afro wigged mankini wearer and the more recent addition the inflated sumo wrestler. Training includes how to jump barriers, how to take a selfie with a moving...

Tony Martin Solo Win Split Screen Video Version

Check out this dual screen version of Tony Martin & his teams reaction during the final 1km of Stage 4 of #TDF2015. Tony Martin Solo Win TDF2015 (Seraing / Cambrai) from Alexander Giraldo on Vimeo.

Tour de France Stage 5 Details

Stage 5 of the Tour de France is from Arras Communauté Urbaine to Amiens Métropole covering 189.5 kilometres. A bunch sprint finish is expected in Amiens although the race could again be affected by crosswinds. If it comes down to a sprint, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) will be aiming to make amends for Stage 2, where Green jersey wearer...