TOUR'16 Roadside: For every Batman there is a Robin and Callum MacGregor is the Robin to Ed Hood's Batman. Callum is the PEZ Tour de France chauffeur; yes, he sees the French Grand Tour close up, rub shoulders with the stars, photograph the distractions and drive on those closed roads, but he does have a lot to put up with. Driving Miss Eddy.
TDF'16 Roadside: Day two for Ed was a definite mountain day; riders off the front and riders off the back and PEZ friend Dan McLay was in the latter group. From the Tour Village Ed takes in the two main climbs of the day and all the excitement that comes with them.
Sidi Sport is celebrating Chris Froome and his yellow jersey. This is the Brit’s third victory at the Grande Boucle, and his second consecutive win (2013, 2015 and 2016). The Sidi staff flew directly to Paris to cheer their champion in the final showcase on the Champs Elysees.
After the race’s second and final rest day - a chance for the guys to reflect on another stage win and a large buffer in the green jersey contest - the Tour roads turned upwards for the final five day’s racing. Green was all but sewn up, but a few big days lay ahead for Rafal Majka in his quest for a second King of the Mountains jersey, and he got straight to work after hitting the road again.
On Sunday André Greipel won the unofficial World Championships for sprinters on the legendary Champs-Elysées and this for the second year in a row. It was the first stage win for the German this Tour, the second one for Lotto Soudal.
TDF'16 Roadside: Ed Hood and Callum MacGregor are back in Edinburgh after their week in the Alps and, as always, their Tour de France was not plain sailing, but then that's the romance of the French Grand Tour. Ed takes up his 'Roadside Round-Up' as he waits for the flight home:
July 25, 2016 - The 2016 Tour de France is over, we catch-up with the final stages with reports and video and the French Grand Tour has to be the 'Top Story'. We also have La Course and two stages from Wallonia. Other cycling news: Tim Wellens to the Olympics, Tom Boonen with Etixx, two years for George Bennett, BMC up-date and three stagieres for Lotto Soudal. To finish - some music!