TDF 2017

Tour de France for Normal People

“The problem with being the winner of the Tour De France is you always have that feeling of disappointment if you don’t win again. That’s the curse of the tour.” – Greg Lemond Stage 21: Paris  The final day of the 2017 Tour de France. It’s a short stage 66 miles that rolls from Montgeron to Paris. As is customary on the final day of the tour it will be a leisurely roll into Paris until the laps around the arc de triomphe begin. You saw the riders joking around drinking champagne and beer as it’s a challenge just getting to Paris let alone toRead More →

Stage 18: Briancon to Izoard In recent years, col d’Aubisque (2007), col du Tourmalet (2010) and col du Galibier (2011) have hosted extraordinary stage finishes whereas the Tour de France usually crests those summits and proceed to another destination. It’s the last day in the mountains and a day that Chris Froome needs to be on top form in order to seal the deal for the yellow jersey, barring injury or a terrible time trial on Saturday. Make it 4 Chris Froome is 3 days away from closing the books on his 4th tour victory. Chris Froome will go down as one of the greatestRead More →

Stage 17: La Mure to Serre-Chevalier The col du Galibier (alt. 2642m) is one of the giants in the legend of the Tour. It’s the third highest in the history after La Bonnette (2802m), the Iseran (2764m) and Agnel (2744m). It’s the highest stage finish in the history since Andy Schleck won up there in 2011. Interestingly, the climb that hosts the memorial of race founder Henri Desgrange hasn’t been on the Tour route since 2011. Actually, it was in 2015 but it was substituted by the col de la Croix de Fer due to a pile of rubble. Six years between two passages atRead More →

You’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-isere Todays stage set up for an interesting race. Both for the Yellow jersey as well as the Green. Another classic road race with a couple small climbs and a technical finish. The wind also created for a split in the ‘field’Read More →

You’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 15: Laissac-Severac l’Eglide to LePuy-enVelay Today’s stage was some what of a road race classic like yesterday. However, there were two category 1 climbs that definitely shook things up a bit. We saw team AG2R and Bardet going for the attack today and putting Froome inRead More →

You’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez Today’s stage was a classic road stage. If you’re not familiar with road racing the classics are races like Milan San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. The stage is not flat that sets up for an all our track styleRead More →

You’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 13: Saint-Girons to Foix Today’s stage was another stage for the climbers and overall contenders. The stage was also short by tour standards at 101km or 60 miles. Top cap off the super short stage it was also Bastille day in France. Bastille day is similarRead More →

So you’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes Were back in the mountains. Todays stage was 214km or 128 miles with 6 climbs on the day. To top that off the race finished with a 20% gradient for the last 500 meters. To give you an idea of how toughRead More →

So you’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 11: Eymet to Pau Another day for the sprinters. A 203km or 122 mile flat stage from Eymet to Pau. Like most flat stages it started off early with an break away to be caught with less than 1km to the finish! There were also aRead More →

So you’re interested in the Tour De France but don’t know a thing about bike racing? Well thats why this year I’m writing the Tour De France for Normal People. To help you understand each stage in 3 simple take aways. Hopefully to take the mystery out of Grand Tour racing and help you get more into the sport. Stage 9: Nantua to Chambery Stage 9 is what all the riders of the tour considered to be the most decisive day in the tour. Because it’s going to be one of the hardest. 181.5 km or 108.9 miles with not 1 but 7 climbs! 3 ofRead More →