Tagged: France

All my posts that mention France in some way.

Tour de France Champs Elysees Stage Photos 2018

Tour de France Champs Elysees Stage Photos 2018

I managed to get myself over to Paris to watch the final stage of the Tour de France for the first time. Definitely one of my cycling bucket list activities and something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I ended up taking photos on the Rue de Rivoli between Norwegian corner and the 1km to go barrier – then scurried off to the Champs...

Laurent Fignon 1989 Time Trial Paris Tour de France

The French Tour de France Yellow Jersey Problem

The Yellow Jersey is the pinnacle of cycling, the well-known symbol that transcends from cycling fans to everyone else. Starting life as an excellent marketing gimmick in 1919 by founder of Le Tour, Henri Desgrange, the yellow jersey became something to aspire to as leader of the most famous race in cycling. All of France celebrated victories, but in the last 30 years they’ve proved...

Flashback to the 1999 Tour de France

The 1999 Tour de France was labelled ‘the Tour of Renewal’ in reaction to the Festina Affair the year before. The 1999 Tour was supposed to be a new start after that doping scandal, however, the Tour de France was about to embark on a fresh decade of doping controversy. 1993 World Champion Lance Armstrong was returning to the grandest stage of all after his...

Three Brothers Jerome Simon Regis Simon Pascal Simon

The Tour de France Brothers – The Simons

The Tour de France has seen plenty of family connections over the years. You don’t have to go too far back to find the Schleck brothers, or 2017 polka dot jersey wearer Taylor Phinney and his father Davis who won stages in the late 1980s. I covered some of the generational professional cyclists who kept up the family business before, but in this post I’m...

Paris Roubaix 2018 Photos

I’ve been lucky enough to catch a lot of races abroad this spring, my trips to Spring Classics ended with a visit to Paris Roubaix to see the pros take on the Hell of the North. The race gets its name from the shocking state of the French countryside after the First World War. The brutality of the cobbled sectors also helps give it that...

Paris Roubaix Sportive 2018 Didi the Devil

Paris Roubaix 2018 Sportive Review

I rode Paris Roubaix once before in 2013, it was…interesting. I ended up riding a route of my own after puncturing and needing to chop off a corner to catch up. A group of friends suggested riding it again this year and wanting to banish the demons of 5 years ago, I said yes straight away but inside I was hesitant. We all headed down...