1909 – 1914 Alcyon Days

1909 – 1914 Alcyon Days

1909 EQUIPES & ISOLES Petit-Breton said that Faber would win the 1909 Tour and the Luxembourgeois duly obliged, winning 5 stages in a row to seal his place in Tour de France history. The word panache might have been coined for Francois Faber – he took one stage with a 255km echappee solitaire finishing 33 minutes ahead of his rivals, another by … Continue reading

100 Tours 100 Tales

My Tales from the Tour will be a very personal take on le grand boucle – personal anecdotes (from the 80s onwards, obviously ;)), things that strike me as amusing/stupid/of some interest, quotes and images. I hope you’ll enjoy my insights and that some of them at least are things that make you say ‘well, I never knew that’ … Continue reading

1903-1908 Les Jours de Gloire

1903-1908 Les Jours de Gloire

1903 STARS & HANDLEBARS 109 years before the Sun newspaper gave away cut out and stick on Wiggo sideburns, the riders of the 1903 Tour de France were collectively rocking the finest facial hair seen in the peloton. The history of that first race is told well here but here’s something to ponder: the average speed for the 2,428 km … Continue reading