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Become a Tour de France expert in 10 minutes

The Tour de France is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, and the biggest cycling event of the year. First run in 1903, the TdF is steeped in a rich history and is full of traditions which may be confusing to first-time viewers. Learn everything you need to become a Tour de France expert right here.

2014 Tour de France: jerseys explained and who to watch

The Tour de France is the most highly anticipated bike race. The 2014 event runs from the 5th – 27th of July, with the opening three stages being held right here in the UK. Each rider of the Tour de France will cover a total of 3,656km (2,278 miles) over 21 stages, with only two …

The 2012 Tour starts here.

Even if you’re not interested, like Wimbledon for tennis or the Ashes for Cricket, it’s a sporting event that you’ve almost certainly heard of. But The Tour is different. The sheer levels of endurance and daily levels of athleticism on show put it in a separate and incredible sphere of human achievement. It has drama …

Cycle Road Races explained

After a conversation to do with the Giro d’Italia with a non-cyclist recently I realised how strange road racing seems to an everyday or casual viewer. When the 2012 Tour de France was in full flow last year I was lucky enough to be staying near where stage 14 of the Tour was passing. My …

Are the number of Mamils on the up?

A few years ago I heard the term MAMIL and what the rather amusing sounding term means. It stands for Middle Aged Men In Lycra and usually refers to road cyclists from a certain age bracket. It also seems to infer a certain kind of cyclist and my question is, do these people really exist …

Lance Armstrong quits fight against doping charges

Lance Armstrong faces being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life.  Armstrong will not contest the US Anti-doping agency charges and has released an official statement on his website. Armstrong’s bitter statement comes across as someone who is simply tired and has had enough of the …

TdF 2012: Wiggins goes down in history!

Bradley Wiggins has become the first British person to win the Tour de France, taking the 2012 tour with a gap of 3:21 ahead of his teammate Christopher Froome. Image Source: Bikeradar The final stage of the Tour saw Mark Cavendish taking his third stage win in the Tour and his fourth straight victory on …

TdF 2012: Fredrigo takes top spot in Pau

After 90 minutes in to the stage an escape formed that consisted of six people; Fredrigo, Voeckler, Samual Dumoulin, Christian Vande Velde, Dries Devenyns and Nicki Sorensen. Once clear of the Pelaton they worked well together all the way up to the last 10.6km when the attacking started, which left Fredrigo in the lead followed …

TdF 2012: Not the best weekend for Cadel Evans!

Cadel Evans had a devastating stage 14 after getting a puncture along with 30 others after saboteurs threw tacks into the track. When Wiggins had saw something had happened he slowed the pelaton so things could come together for the finish. After the stage Wiggins still keeps the yellow jersey in the overall standings, followed by Froome, Nibali and …

TdF 2012: Greipel takes a second win at stage 5

André Greipel is on a roll with two consecutive stage wins. After the early escape by Jan Ghyselinck and Pablo Urtasun, who weren’t caught up until the last 500 meters, it looked like it was going to be a two man race, but they just couldn’t keep up to speed once the last push took over. Cancellara finished 32nd and …