Froome Winning (albeit on Ventoux in 2013)
Froome Winning (albeit on Ventoux in 2013)

Yesterday’s rest day was marked by photos of Froome posing like someone at rest (whilst, presumably, failing to do so in front of thronging paparazzi), and also by the shocking news of Ivan Basso’s ill health. Basso has been diagnosed with testicular...

This year’s team time trial was unusual both in its 28km length and in that it came after a week of gruelling racing. It’s more common to see a team time trial as a prologue stage in grand tours, and of a much shorter length and with less climbing. With that in mind, there must have been some...

Though today’s stage was pretty much all about the last climb up to the finish line, the category 3 Mur de Bretagne, it was a finish that threw up plenty of surprises, making a mostly slower day in the saddle well worth the watch.

Prior to the finish, there was once again only one intermediate...

Visual display of the time differences between the top 15 riders at the end of the first week of this tour.
Visual display of the time differences between the top 15 riders at the end of the first week of this tour. (Click to enlarge) Credit due to Kate Townsend.

An unusual event happened today, in that there was a crash before the race had even begun. One of the big name favourites, Alberto Contador,...

It was a stage notable for its hilly profile today, but with only two categorized climbs on offer, and both only Cat 4 ascents, there wasn’t a huge scrap to join the early break. Instead, most teams enjoyed the relaxed pace for the first 50 or so kilometres, before allowing themselves to worry...

Today’s stage was — at last — an easy day for the general classification men, leading into a finish fit for the all-out sprinters. On paper it was going to be an easy day to control a breakaway, allowing the pure sprinters to fight for points. But, whilst we got to see the sprint we’d been...

Today’s stage was remarkable for being a mini Paris-Roubaix (a Roubaby?), featuring seven short but intense sections of cobbles — six of which fell within the last forty-five kilometres of racing. It was also, according to the press, the shortest ever longest stage in a Tour de France — get your...

What a funny first week it’s turning out to be in this, the 102nd Tour de France. We’ve seen unexpected gaps, unpredicted time trials speeds, and now, on stage three, the controversy that was the unprecedented decision by race referees to neutralize the race for twenty minutes.

The...

The second stage of this tour, and the first road race proper, looked, on paper, like one of those ‘dull warm up to the real racing’ stages. All but pancake flat, untechnical for the most part, with one intermediate sprint offering mid-race entertainment.  Between Utrecht and Zélande, it...

Stage one, and the Tour overall, began with the usual desperate bid for doping controversy from the media. It seems that team Astana’s Lars Boom, he of the kick-ass name, was found to have low cortisone levels (in the past this has been associated with doping, but there are a whole range of...