A collection of stories, news and information that we thought you might find interesting and relevant.
- Deep in their own personal race against the clock and armed with just a few brushes and pots of paint, they criss-cross the route of the Tour de France ahead of the caravan, the riders and the TV crews. Their mission: to make sure the cameras capture no rude words, no insults, and no political slogans. And definitely no penises. Learn about the “Eraser Men” censoring the roads of the Tour de France
- Lachlan Morton is going back in time in search of the original Tour de France spirit. He’ll ride every kilometer of the race — plus the distances between race starts and finishes — solo. He’ll stop at cafés for his food, and sleep under the stars at night. And he’ll do it all to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. Follow along as he races the peloton to Paris. Read more about Lachlan’s adventure “The Alt Tour”.
- Is pro cycling’s focus on data, Strava helping to cause crashes at Tour de France? Read the analysis at Sticky Bottle
- Mathieu Van der Poel successfully defended the Tour de France yellow jersey in the time trial. A components of his success was fast wheels. According to a report from Het Nieuwsblad, part of that plan involved a 900 km drive from Andorra to Rennes, to deliver some faster Princeton Carbonworks time trial wheels for the race leader.
- Ineos Grenadiers with to sponsor-incorrect Princeton Carbonworks Wheels at the Tour de France.
- Cycling Tips has an interesting opinion piece on why racing with broken bones should not be celebrated.
- The photograph above is Cormet de Roselend, a classic mountain pass in the Savoie region of France, on which many Tour de France battles have taken place. Captured by Michael Blann, it is one of the many beautiful photos in his Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs book. Mariposa Bicycles’, Michael Barry shares a short story in Blann’s book about his experience on this mountain as a Stagiere.