Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
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The International Cycling Union has revealed the WorldTour calendar for next season. The schedule is getting back to the 'new normal' except for Australia. Most notably the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2022 have three rest days.
June 17, 2021: There is still a lot of cycling news out there to get through, including the retirement of Van Garderen. Cavendish talks Evenepoel-TOP STORY. Results and video from Adriatica Ionica, Camembert and the Netherlands and Belgium TT champs. Tour news. Rider news. Team news and AG2R Citroën joins the Tour caravan.
If there's one thing I've heard from friends and PEZ readers about my recent shoe reviews, it's that they may be great shoes, but they are bloody expensive! You can spend less and still get high level, "pro quality" shoes. The Northwave Extreme GT2 shoes offer a lot of bang for your buck.
Ineos Grenadiers are still holding the pole position for the top place in the Tour de France, but Tadej Pogačar is coming into form. Spencer Martin looks at the Suisse and Slovenian stage races for more pointers for the French Grand Tour.
June 14, 2021: Results and video from Suisse, Slovenia and Belgium. UCI do not like Van Schip's handlebars. AG2R Tour riders, Cavendish and Buchmann to the Tour. Québec and Montréal canceled and Surhuisterveen moved. Molnar World champ, Alaphilippe leaves Suisse, Herrada and Guerreiro extend. Boom to SD Worx, Uno-X WorldTour and INEOS Dauphine video.