Tim Renowden has been following professional cycling closely since Indurain won his first Tour. An ex-runner, now a club grade bike racer, Tim tweets about sport at @megabicicleta.
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The prestige of the Tour de France brings the world’s best riders to the starting line. More than any other race, it’s the focal point of the long road racing season, and unlike any other race, everyone arrives in absolute peak condition.
The Tour de France is a monster, a rolling beast that steamrolls its way across France every July, watched by millions. A race at this sort of grand scale brings the logistical demands of a small army, much of it dedicated to presenting the race to a rapt audience.
Cycling teams are like any other, they need a captain. It’s not necessarily the best rider, or the star contender for the win, the captain is the leader on the road who makes the calls and keeps the team working like a well-oiled machine.
Now for something a little different: let’s talk cycling safety, and a new concept device that uses laser projections to illuminate symbols on cyclists’ backs at night time.
The UCI’s decision to penalise Richie Porte and Simon Clarke two minutes, punishment for Clarke’s sporting decision to give Porte his front wheel after the Sky leader had punctured, is a disgrace.
Richie Porte’s form is hotter than it’s ever been, but can he maintain such a high level until the end of the Giro?