390 kms to go, 3 HC category and 8 other category climbs to go before the podium is decided. Time to enjoy as the mountain goats fly :)
So glad to discover that there are pop culture geeks in Le Tour’s media team :)
Cycling – on road, and water
Le Tour Hurts. A Lot.
To all the cyclists who dream of one day riding #TourdeFrance, be warned. It hurts. A lot.
Mark Cavendish, winner of 21 stages in Le Tour.
It’s almost worth learning French just to read L’Equipe in July
INRNG, on Twitter
Bradley Wiggins, on doping rumours
In the post-stage press conference Wiggins was asked what he thinks about people who point fingers at Team Sky and hint that he is doping.
Here’s his response:
I say they’re just fucking wankers. I cannot be doing with people like that.
It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can’t ever imagine applying themselves to do anything in their lives.
It’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that sort of shit, rather than get off their arses in their own lives and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something. And that’s ultimately it. Cunts.
Thanks to Twitter’s @richardmoore73, via @inrng.
With you on this, Bradley (despite the choice of words).
Yellow. It’s not a colour, it’s a state of mind.
It’s about being best you can be at whatever you do.
Chris Boardman, in those Halfords TdF adverts
The beauty in variety
Nicholas O’Donnell seems to have read my mind about why I like the pro-tour when he writes:
I love the fact that I can watch Cav, perfectly led out by Mark Renshaw, win on the Champs Elysses; that I can see Cancellara race and win a TT around Monaco; watch Voeckler cut loose in the Massif Central in the third week of a tour when the legs of the sprinters are tiring; and sit up late to see the fireworks as the GC favourites battle it out in the climbs of the Alps and the Pyrenees. Yes, that’s right, I don’t want to see the same type of rider win every stage of the Tour. I want to see all different kinds of racing with all the different kinds of tactics required given a chance to play out – and see the best riders in the world all get a chance to claim a Tour stage win, the most famous of victories.
Read the rest of his post about why we need variety in race routes (or a variety of races) here.
Moreover, if you follow road cycling as a sport and love beautiful images, you cannot not subscribe to his blog.