23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 16.

The final week of the Tour has begun. The end is near. Expectations of a French victor - Alaphilippe or Pinot - has the home crowd on a high, but there is still plenty of opportunity for the non-French riders in the top six on GC. Team Ineos had two possible winners, with one being… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 16.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 2.

This rest day was full of anticipation for the next five days of racing. Many commentators calling this the most open Tour probably since 1989. Would Alaphilippe’s charisma fade as France’s maillot jaune hope only to be replaced by the mercurial Thibaut Pinot? Were Team Ineos a thing of the past along and would Geraint… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 2.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 15.

Predications all turned upside down, commentators and pundits changing their minds quicker than the pedals are turning on those race bikes and the Tour enters its last stage before the final rest day and the last five combative stages before the final processional stage into Paris. Life changes as quickly as events in a Grand… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 15.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 14.

The Tour has its own heritage and legends not only in the riders of the peloton but also in the stages themselves. The HC - haut category - climbs are essentially marked as ‘beyond classification’ and are largely where the Tour de France is won or lost. The Col du Tourmalet is one of these… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 14.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 13.

Individual time-trial day. Possibly a key stage to set the tone for the GC contenders before going into the high mountains. Not a long stage or even a long time trial for that matter, but then the Tour has seemed to stay away from 50km plus time-trials since 5 times winner Miguel Indurain took 5+… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 13.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.

Like the anticipation of any big event, the few days before are nervous and conservative. In a bike race like the Tour de France all of the GC favourites become chess players, mindful and trying to think ahead as many moves as they are able. The difference being their eventual execution of those moves will… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 1.

The total time for the Maillot Jaune wearer of Julian Alaphilippe to complete ten stages of the Tour and reach the first rest day is 45h 27’ 15’’. So what do you do when you have a day off and are only halfway through the race? Get out on your bike of course! You go… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 1.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 10.

Commentators have been expressing the view of how invisible team Ineos seem to have been during the start of this Tour. Today’s stage showed them at the fore and how destructive they can be - admittedly with the help of Bora-Hansgrohe - and the GC contenders blew apart. Quintana is now Geraint Thomas’ closest threat.… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 10.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 9.

France’s national day - known generally to us as Bastille Day - known to the French as 14th Jolliet, as the Bastille was a prison in Paris and not specifically relevant to the rest of France, despite the history books linking it with the revolution. 14th Jolliet is day of family and celebrations and, if… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 9.