Roadside St. 11: The village that will spawn a thousand and one other awful headlines hosts the feeding station for the eleventh stage of this year's Tour, and we just knew we had to say that we'd come to Die. It's a day of dynamic and beautiful scenery, as we romp through the Drфme region.
Roadside St.17 One hundred years - that's how long ago it is since Octave Lapize first conquered Le Tourmalet on 15 kilograms of steel bike in the 1910 Tour de France. Today, PEZ goes roadside for the Tour's final mountain showdown.
Roadside St. 14: The choppers are the first warning, like bees in a perfect blue summer sky, the crowd stands, and way, way down below us we see them - a white jersey and a red jersey, moving steadily up the ribbon of hot tar which unwinds up the valley...
Roadside St.19: Lance's latest super sleek time trial bike set cheek by jowl with glorious bronze statues cast to honour heroes of the French Revolution - only at le Tour, mon ami! PEZ left our glorious digs in the Chвteau Meyre and headed for a pre-chrono wander around the ancient streets of Bordeaux.
Roadside St.20: The alarm blasts - 06:00 am. It's 600 kilometres plus from Bordeaux to the Longjumeau. It's not without reluctance we leave our lovely chateau among the vineyards of Medoc and load up the SEAT.
Nighttime Roadside: Today's story is the story of last night. It was one of those blessed series of coincidences, fate, good luck or guiding hands. We went from the gloom and despair of sheltering from a monumental thunderstorm, wondering how the hell we would get home, to discovering the beating heart of France thanks to the kindness of strangers we are now lucky to call friends.
Gord's Roadside Wrap: It’s always a weird, exhausting, exhilarating experience following the Tour de France, and it takes days before you emerge, blinking in the daylight of real life, from the mayhem of driving, chasing, writing. Then you start to look back. You start to scan through the photos that didn’t make the stories; the ideas that you didn’t use; the things that just didn’t fit at the time.
Roadside St.18: Is Contador on the way out? Why is Cav out of the running for the green jersey? Who'll win the final time trial? Can Robbie McEwen win one of the last two stages? And why isn't Ivan Basso going well? At the start of stage 18 at Sailes-de-Bearn, we asked the men who know better than most the answers to these questions.
Roadside St. 10: On the French national holiday, the stage running from Chambйry to Gap passed by the stomping ground of one the lost lamented heroes of French cycling's last star generaton. The 'Eagle of Vizille' isn't soaring in the mountains anymore, but by way of tribute to Thierry Claveyrolat, we just had to start our day in his hometown.
Roadside Stage 1: There are plenty of us who love to watch cycling and love to talk cycling as much as we love to get out the roads and go cycling. The prospect of sitting and doing both while millions of people scrutinise your work from the comfort of their lounge room, however takes a special kind of cycling enthusiast. Pez spent the day with three men who you might recognise better by their voices than by their pictures, for an insight into what it takes to bring Le Tour to the World.
Roadside St.15: 'Contador en jeune!' the guy in the race car tells us as we fight through the human tide, back to the PEZ car which is parked two kilometres on the wrong side of the mountain top...
Roadside St. 12- Finish: Ca va? You know you're in the south of France when: it's so hot you can't touch the car's paint work, there are fortresses on every hill top and you can buy today's L'Equipe.
Roadside St. 12- Stage Start A frenetic, heat-battered week on the Tour draws to a close and we're now in our blissfully air-conditioned room in Lyon. A few moments ago, we watched Joaquin Rodriguez take his finest ever result; a few hours ago, we watched him and his workmates leave for another day's toil, blistering their way through the Monts du Vivarais ...
Roadside Stage 3: We spent a lot of time in the start village of yesterday's stage discussing what might and might not happen in the 213km run from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg Porte Du Hainaut in France today. Today was our chance to leave the riders to it and hit the road as we crossed from Belgium to France.
Roadside St.19 The French radio car tries to muscle Dave off the wheel, but Dave’s ridden too many road races to let that happen and we tuck back in alongside the Sky team car. Stage 19, Tour de France 2010, a 52 kilometre time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac and PEZ is on the wheel of one of the fastest men in the world – Sky’s British elite road race champion, Geraint Thomas.
Roadside Stage 4: Today we would be leaving behind the beer and frites of Belgium and swapping them for pain au chocolat and champagne. It's a tough assignment covering the Roadside reports under the sun at the Tour de France, but as the saying goes, someone has to do it.
Roadside Stage 2:The First week of the Tour always has the potential to be a game changer and with the need to leave early on Tuesday to find a good spot on the course, we figured today was the day to grab some comments on what those in and around the race thought about the prospects for the next two days.
Roadside Stage 7: It's been a bit of a trek, but we made it to the stage seven finish at Les Rousses, to pick up the baton that Matt Conn and Paul Turner ran with so bravely through Rotterdam's port side, down the slippery Ardennes descents and over the cobbles of northern France. The Jura is a very different beast though ...
Roadside Prologue: It might be the home of the Feyenoord football team but Rotterdam on Saturday was all about the cycling as the Tour de France hit the road for a super-fast 8.9km loop around the beautiful port city.
Roadside Rest Day: Up with the larks again, and the sprinklers are giving the gardens of the Hotel de France a welcome drink in the early AM. I hope it's the local brew they're using. We're off to meet with the Cervelo and Saxo Bank teams, so it's out of the labyrinthine one-way of Evian-les-Bains and up past the Devil's Gorge Bridge, twisting up to Morzine we go.