The jersey winners of the 2016 Tour de France. Photo via letour.fr

The Tour de France 2016 has been and gone, and we can say for certain that it was a remarkable year for the tour. The yellow jersey didn’t win a single mountaintop stage, but instead took a time trial and attacked on descents....

Jon Izaguirre celebrates his win. Pic courtesy of Cyclingnews.com
Jon Izaguirre celebrates his win. Pic courtesy of Cyclingnews.com

The last showdown in the Alps was a bit of a damp squib, in both racing and weather. After chaos reigned on the descents yesterday, the peloton took it much easier this time round and once a safe breakaway had been established and...

Bardet celebrates France's only win of the Tour this year. Pic courtesy of The Telegraph.
Bardet celebrates France’s only win of the Tour this year so far. Pic courtesy of The Telegraph.

Stage 19 was arguably the most enjoyable stage of the Tour so far, and proved over and over that professional cycling is a team sport with only one winner. As predicted, the race started at a very...

Froome on his way to setting the best time of the day. Pic courtesy of Cyclingweekly.
Froome on his way to setting the best time of the day. Pic courtesy of Cyclingweekly.

With the given appellation of ‘mountain time trial’, the big question ahead of the stage 18 TT was whether the emphasis should fall on ‘mountain’ or ‘time trial’. To put it another way: was this a day for the...

Zakarin celebrates his triumph. Pic courtesy of The Telegraph.
Zakarin celebrates his triumph. Pic courtesy of The Telegraph.

Stage 17’s gruelling double climb up to Finhaut-Emosson offered us the spectacular racing we were expecting, though it largely didn’t come from the yellow jersey group. As we guessed, Majka got into the large break — which took a...

Porte, Froome and Mollema make their way through the crowds on Mt Ventoux. Photo via roadcyclinguk.com

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Mt Ventoux Fall Out – Rider Safety

Crowds: We have covered this in much detail here , but it was the main talking point of last week. Yates was also hit by a fan 1km from the...

Sagan takes his third win, by inches from Kristoff. Photo via theguradian.com

Stage 16’s jaunt to Switzerland and to Bern brought with it one of the stranger breakaways of the Tour thus far. Tony Martin and his Etixx teammate Julian Alaphilippe went long and alone, working as a pair for well...

Image via Steephill.tv
Image via Steephill.tv

We predicted a big breakaway, and a big breakaway we saw. After hard work from Rafal Majka and Ilnur Zakarin, a 28 (or thereabouts)-man break went away and attacked the multiple climbs of stage 15 with vigour. They quickly got over 8 minutes of advantage. Notably, Thomas...

Cav counts out his wins as he crosses the line. Pic from The Guardian.
Cav counts out his wins as he crosses the line. Pic from The Guardian.

Following on from the madness of Ventoux and the exhausting time trial of the previous two days, it’s easy to forgive the peloton for taking stage 14 pretty easy. A four man break of Elmiger, Roy, Howes and Benedetti were...

Image via CyclingNews
Image via CyclingNews

The stage 13 time trial brought with it few major surprises, but it nevertheless spelt bad news for a number of the general classification riders. Tom Dumoulin, as we and many other pundits predicted, stormed to an impressive second stage win this tour, coming in over a...