Tour de France

That time of year, when the Tour is on.

Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking

Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.

One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.

Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour. 

American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.

And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.

Le Tour Stage 9: Tony, Tony, Tarmac

Tony riding to the win

Martin riding to the win. Photo: Omega Pharma - Quick Step

That was a two Tony stage, as the AP reports

Germany’s Tony Martin took the stage win Sunday, and France’s Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey during an up-and-down Stage 9 in the eastern Vosges mountains.

and I rode a new Tarmac like #panzerwagen did; well, not exactly like him, but the bike and here’s the review from issue 12

Tarmac

New Tarmac in matte black

The Zipp wheels I had with me in Maui earlier this year. A Bianchi like Lars Boom rode, the Bianchi Infinito CV, has been shipped to us to demo and we’ll get on that in the next few weeks.

Le Tour Stage 9 Recap: Panzerwagon

Slept in late after a busy week editing our mag and missed stage 8, but up in time for 9 and Panzerwagon!

Alone for about 144km, after riding away from the group, they chased but he held them off. Tony Martin is a “tank” and blitzkrieged the stage.

Le Tour Recap Stage 7: We’ve Reached Peak Crash

Stage 7 Recap: Andrew Crashlansky and T.J. Van Crasheren can’t keep the rubber side down in Crash Town. A Facebook fan of ours did it a haiku version

CRASH! A rider goes down.
CRASH! Another rider goes down.
CRASH! Photo finish.

Le Tour Recap Stage 6: Sleepy, Crashy, then Greipel

Griepel wins

Greipel Stage 6

After yesterday’s awesome, anything short of cobble carnage would be boring. Stage 6 was sleepy, and crashy, until the sprint won by Greipel…

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