Race Report: Today was the perfect day for a successful long break and so it transpired. Tinkoff-Saxo must be a little happier as Rafal Majka won stage 11 after crossing the Aspin and the Tourmalet. The ride of the day came from Dan Martin who soloed to the leaders on the Tourmalet, but missed out on the stage win by 1 minute.
Roadside St. 4: I wrote about anticipation on Saturday, that feeling when the race is about to start. Today is different: there are already so many scenarios at play, and so many people either out injured or compromised by time, that we know the stories being written. The Tour is alive and its coming to us on the cobbles, we just have to wait.
Race Report: On a day of tricky cobbled parcours which promised much - and did not disappoint - Quick-Step’s former World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin grabbed not just the stage but the yellow jersey too, having narrowly missed it for three days on the trot.
Roadside St.3: City of diamonds, Antwerp hosts the start of stage 3. Our hotel was close to the line, so that made checking out the riders' departure a simple choice before the dash to the Mur de Huy. Calm and smiling, those same riders came rolling home battered, burnt and bruised, in ones and twos a few hours later after another crazy stage.
Race Report: On a day that saw spectacular crashes, unprecedented neutralizations, abandonments, chaos, lost jerseys and fantastic attacks, it all came down to the Wall of Huy, and it was the specialist classic climber of Joaquim Rodríguez who rode the rest of the race off his wheel to take the win atop the famous climb.
The 2015 Tour de France will not be crossing the Col du Galibier, normally the highest point of the French Grand Tour, on its way to l'Alpe d'Huez on stage 20. All this due to a landslide which has damaged the Chambon tunnel. So what better time to have a look back at one of Ed Hood's many Alpe visits.
Tour Reload: The 2015 Tour de France will be making it's return to the Alpe d'Huez and like every other time the race has tackled the 21 hair-pin bends, there will be a battle royal. Ed Hood has seen the Tour on the famous climb many a time, so here is his 2011 Alpe d'Huez adventure.
Roadside: The Tour has been over for a week and as the dust settles in Paris our man Ed Hood is back home to ‘normality’ with his French memories. From Carcassonne to Paris, through the Pyrenees and up to the ‘La Ville-Lumière’; here are Ed’s twenty-one top favourites from this year’s French adventure.
Lee Rodgers casts his eye over the 2014 Tour de France's stars & action, the good, the bad and the ugly. It turned out to be a very different Tour from the one predicted three weeks ago – was it an exciting Tour?
Race Report: In a race that’s been all about attacking, and attacking again it came down to a sprint finish in Paris. It almost didn’t though as Team Sky attempted to recover from their misfortunes but nothing was going to deny the big German and arguably best sprinter around, Marcel Kittel. From start to finish, he’s shown he’s the man to watch in the dash for the line.
Race Report: A long time trial full of action saw Tony Martin once again show his class with a superb win but it was the GC battle that had the excitement boiling today with 8 out of the top 10 GC places changing after the time trial was done and dusted. Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France was a great day for some and a nightmare for others...
Roadside Report: From the religious tourist trap of Lourdes to the history of Le Tour and on to to the backstage areas with the buses, tour tech and more - Ed Hood was everywhere today taking it all in. It might have been a rainy day in the South-West of France but it was a great day out roadside at Le Tour. Let's have a look at Ed's day through his eyes...
Race Report: It looked like a re-run of the Nîmes finish as a Garmin rider struggled to hold off a charging peloton. This time, though, perhaps aided by a big crash 3km from home, the US-based team finished their man Ramúnas Navardauskas ahead of all of the fancied sprinters.
Roadside: Vincenzo Nibali showed his class today and won his fourth stage on the Hautacam after passing our man in France; Ed Hood on the Tourmalet. Let’s see what he got up to on the mythical Pyrenean climb, the last mountain of this year’s Tour de France.
Race Report: On a day when Vincenzo Nibali could have sat back and watched the others fight it out for the podium places, the ‘Shark of Messina’ rode away from everyone with 10 kilometres of the Hautacam still to climb. Behind the French jumped Valverde to push him off the podium.
Race Report: Today was designed to be raced hard … from the flag. We had escapes and counter attacks, an ever-changing picture. The one constant was the polka-dot vision Rafal Majka, always in the action and ultimately grabbing the glory for a second stage win at this 2014 Tour.
Roadside: Our PEZ man in France, Ed Hood, has been immersing himself in the Tour, as he does every year. And as always that elusive accreditation has given him problems. In the end all was sorted and he headed off to the mountains. Day 2 of Ed’s Tour ‘14 adventure.
Race Report: Michael Rogers forced his way into the winning group and took it to the line. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the action behind saw the battle between the French riders take another step up with Bardet losing out, not only Pinot but also Peraud. Another day of action in France.
Roadside Rest Day: A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the OmegaPharma-Quickstep media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour's rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day.
Roadside St 15: Ed Hood, the PEZ man with the most Grand Tour experience, has hit the French ground running. He flew out of Scotland this morning and has been exploring Carcassonne this afternoon and crying into his beer over Jack Bauer being caught only metres from a Stage win in Nîmes. Ed’s 2014 Tour adventure starts here.