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.

Day 435 – The Saturday Answer.

So The Friday Question was What single thing/event would 'supercharge' your creative exploits? In thinking of the question I was influenced by the exploits of current Tour de France leader Julian Alaphilippe. He is a great rider, currently No.1 in the World Rankings, but he is seen as a one-day and short tour specialist. His… Continue reading Day 435 – The Saturday Answer.

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 8.

The Tour de France seems to have become for the French what Wimbledon is for the British - the best sporting event of its kind in the world but one the host country struggles to win. In fact the last French winner was Bernard Hinault in 1985. Despite wanting the British contingent of riders to… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 8.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 6.

There is a mini feature in the ITV 4 highlights coverage of Stage 5 where Matt Rendell presents on Panini sticker books. The standard in sticker books for forty years, and normally the preserve of football teams and competitions, they cover the Giro but now have struck a deal for the Tour de France. The… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 6.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 4.

Another long stage over 200km. Most likely to be largely quiet with a few breakaways until after the sprint around 66km to go. In a post-stage interview Geraint Thomas revealed that quiet stages like this, particularly in this first week of the Tour, make for incredibly nervous riding, prone to crashes. Writer’s are famous for… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 4.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 3.

This stage of the Tour leaves Belgium and enters France, travelling on one of the longest routes of this edition through the famous Champagne region. Dom Perpignan will watch over the riders as they pass through the vines of Moët and Chandon. Also in this stage there is the relatively recent invention of time bonuses… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 3.

Day 421 – The Saturday Answer and Other Stuff.

Quick Recap - The Friday Question was: if you could have written one book, painted one picture, or performed/written one song - what would it be? It is so easy to run off a list of at least a dozen books for this answer, but I'm going to be good and only give you the… Continue reading Day 421 – The Saturday Answer and Other Stuff.