Tour de France 2014: Stage 20 – Bergerac to Périgueux

Bonjour! Stage 20 saw the first and only time trial of this year's Tour. This stage established the final positions for the podium for this year. Inevitably, the World Champion, Tony Martin took the stage win and the smoothest of smooth run by Vincenzo Nibali confirmed him as overall winner, but the interest really lay … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 20 – Bergerac to Périgueux

Tour de France 2014: Stage 19 – Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac

Bonjour! Stage19 saw the beginning of the route home to Paris. The course travelled through the area of the Dordogne in pouring, pouring rain. So much rain! The visibility was so bad and the roads so slippery an accident felt more than likely to happen. It did, right at the last and it was a … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 19 – Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac

Tour de France 2014: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet

Bonjour! Stage17 saw the second day in the Pyrenees. Another hard stage with great climbs and descents. The race lead passed through several hands over the course of the stage, including a great spell by Kiriyenka of team Sky. Romain Bardet handled the descents with alarming grace but the win came again for Rafal Majka, King of the Mountains. Yellow jersey … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet

Tour de France 2014: Stage 16 – Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Bonjour! Stage16 was the first day in the Pyrenees. The sun shone, the road rose high and the riders descended at breakneck speeds. Australian rider, Mick Rogers won his first stage after ten years of taking part in the Tour. Absolutely brilliant, he so deserved it and even crossed the winning line with a bow. Ripper! … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 16 – Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Tour de France 2014: Stage 15 – Tallard to Nîmes

Bonjour! Stage15 was a long stage leaving the Alps and heading through the south of France towards the Pyrenees. The course passed through classic French countryside, but with crosswinds and storms at times, it was still a challenge for the riders. Two made an impressive breakaway lead by Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer. At the … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 15 – Tallard to Nîmes

Tour de France 2014: Stage 14 – Grenoble to Risoul

Bonjour! Stage14 continued in the Alps in a hard day's climbing and an engrossing day's racing.  The skies promised rain but didn't deliver - instead riders worked hard in the sun. The race saw great performances from the AG2R team, Vincenzo Nibali, but the stage was won by up and coming climber, Rafal Majka, who crossed the … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 14 – Grenoble to Risoul

Tour de France 2014: Stage 13 – Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse

Bonjour! Stage13 arrived in the Alps and passed through the city of Grenoble. Spectacular scenery, including the still snowy and very white, Mont Blanc. This was another hard stage with more riders abandoning or falling back. Steering a very confident course through much of the race was Alessandro De Marchio who forged ahead. Until that … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 13 – Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse

Tour de France 2014: Stage 12 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour! Stage12 continued the theme begun on Stage 11, hot sunshine, rolling countryside and beautiful chateaux. The announcement came that Andrew Talansky joined 4 other team leaders in retirement, but the race pressed on. French fans enjoying the progress of riders Cyril Gaultier and Perrig Quemeneur who brokeaway with Simon Clarke to lead for a great section … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 12 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Tour de France 2014: Stage 10 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Bonjour! Stage10, was absolutely amazing. Riders toiling into the mountains through sunshine, rain and fog for over 4 hours - only to be rewarded with the near vertical climb at La Planche des Belles Filles, the killer hill!  Contador sadly retired after an appalling fall. A brilliant ride by Rodriguez was outshone by Vincenzo Nibali who … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 10 – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Tour de France 2014: Stage 9 – Gérardmer to Mulhouse

Bonjour! Stage 9 was another exciting day, with sunshine, showers, arduous climbs and fast descents. It was also a tale of two Tonys, namely Martin and Gallopin. The two men delighted their fans with the stage win and yellow jersey respectively.  Tomorrow is Bastille Day and the Tour heads into the mountains proper. What could be better?  Here … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 9 – Gérardmer to Mulhouse

Tour de France 2014: Stage 8 – Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Bonjour! Stage 8 saw the first climbing section in France. Another mixed day of weather, the stage starting in good sunshine with riders looking relaxed and smiling. As the stage progressed and the land rose, down came the rain once again, putting everyone to the test. Nip and tuck all the way, there was delight … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 8 – Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Bonjour! Today's stage continued through the landscapes of the First World War - somehow appropriate that there was more rain and mud. More riders retired following falls. Still, the fans came out to support with towns and villages decked out in yellow and polka dots. The yellow jersey remained with Vincenzo Nibali; and after another dash to … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 – Arras to Reims

Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Bonjour! This was the stage that every fan of the Tour and every rider was dreading! Riding on the infamous cobbled pavés - torrential rain added even more danger to the cocktail. Sadly, the reigning champion's race ended on the wet road, with two further falls. The rain hammered down all day and in marked … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 5 – Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Tour de France 2014: Stage 4 – Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole

Bonjour! Well today the Tour is here in France and steering a gentler course inland. One fall to report - of the current champion Christopher Froome. With sore injuries sustained, he managed to complete the stage. Meanwhile, after a burst near the end by team Omega, the stage was won again by Marcel Kittel by a … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 4 – Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole

Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 – Cambridge to London

Bonjour! The final stage of the Tour de France's Grand Depart came south to Cambridge running through Essex to London for a sprint up the Mall. A calmer day from the previous two, the course passed through pink villages, fields of ripening wheat and blue linseed. Another lovely day with so many spectators lining the route, … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 – Cambridge to London

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate

Bonjour! - or should that be 'Hello'?  The Tour de France's Grand Depart took place in the in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. Pretty villages, grand towns and dramatic hills and fields. Yorkshire embraced the Tour as its own, turning the county yellow with bunting, painted bikes, sculptures and scarecrows. Riders were greeted by Royalty, Red … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate