February 14th takes on a very different meaning for fans of pro cycling, this year marking eight years since Marco Pantani’s tragic death. But in 1998, Il Pirata was at the top – winning the rare Giro – Tour double. Ale Federico set out from Genoa on his new moto to see the race for himself, and recorded the odyssey in his personal diary…
The Tour is well underway and it has had its fair share of crashes and controversy in only a few stages. As you would guess there is soo much Euro Tour Trash out there, but we have got our hands dirty and sifted through to find the juicy bits! And anything else interesting that might be happening.
Tactics: Someone asked me how I decide what to write about during the Tour. It’s simple - I watch the race for something interesting to use to teach people about the Tour and cycling in general. Today I noticed a Milram rider get a flat tire in the final hour and it started me thinking about the process of getting a wheel change....
Race Analysis: No two days at the Tour de France are the same. Not only do the standings impact the way each stage unfolds, but so does the region of the country. The nature of the race changes considerably as the peloton meanders its way around France.
PEZ Roadside Stage 9: Bagnorres-de-Bigorre: if you win here, you're good - and it usually means you've arrived via climbs that make up the 'circle of death', on roads once raced by Geminiani, Janssens, Anquetil, and Jimenez. Today it was 6 hours in the car - driving the full course to see it for myself.
Stage 9 Analysis: This was one of those strange, in-between days at the Tour de France. The Col de Peyresourde is a hard climb, and so is the Col d’Aspin, but the overall layout of the stage meant it wasn’t difficult enough for the biggest dogs to bare their teeth. Not to worry, that comes tomorrow.
It's just gone 2.00 am and we've had to abandon the tent and crawl into the mini-bus, the water in the plastic one gallon containers has frozen solid - Alaska? Welcome to Mount Ventoux, Provence, France; 12 hours later the sun feels like a blow lamp playing on your skin. It's the 1987 Tour de France and there's everything to play for - let's go back a smooth 20 years and enjoy the action anew.