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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After the rest day, there’s plenty to talk about. Stage 17 of le Tour de France happened last night, and the biggest shock was…
It wouldn’t be a Tour de France rest day without a doping scandal, some skeletons from the past, and a smattering of transfer rumours, but even by the Tour de France’s usual dramatic standards this rest day was a doozy.
Elite riders pushing themselves to their absolute limits make huge demands on their equipment, and over the three weeks of the Tour de France the teams will make huge demands on the mechanics who keep the machinery running at optimum efficiency.
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.