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Tour de PEZ: Ed Looks Back

Roadside Recap: Don’t worry! You’ll get no lectures or swear words from me; just one old cycling lover’s random personal remembrances of another wonderful two weeks spent in La Belle France.

Tour de PEZ: Gord Looks Back

Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a departure lounge in Geneva airport. My Tour adventure over for another twelve months, I was priming myself to readjust to real life - since I got home, Wiggo's been on the front pages of every major newspaper in Britain, the headline story on every national news broadcast, congratulated by Queen and country. Now that I've decompressed from twelve days inside the Tour bubble, what stood out for me this year? A few personal observations...

Tour de PEZ: The British Rule In Paris

Roadside Finale: 'A L'Heure Anglaise' - the 'Hour of the English' says L'Equipe. There's a huge image on the front page of Bradley Wiggins punching the air as he wins yesterday's final time trial. Any thoughts we entertained of Froome running his Boss close or upsetting the band wagon were quashed with a time trialling master class from the Londoner.

Tour Analyzed: A Boring Tour? Hardly.

Ah what a finale, unbelievable. I’m not his greatest fan but Mark Cavendish, brilliant, four in four on the Champs and in the Rainbow Jersey too. It just topped it all off for Sky. An incredible team effort. But what about this race as a whole?

TdF’12 St.20 – Cav Creams ‘Em!

Race Report: On an historic day for British cycling, Mark Cavendish decided to make it even better taking the final stage in a stunning sprint. The Manx Missile is now undefeated in sprints on the Champs Elysees - 4 from 4!

Tour de Pez: Chasing The Race of Truth

Roadside St.19: Bradley Wiggins punches the air; the English couple at the front of the bar where we’re watching the race on TV, applaud as the maillot jaune crosses the line at the end of the stage 19 time trial of the 2012 Tour de France.

TdF’12 St.19: Whirlwind Wiggins!

Race Report: Bradley Wiggins is one of the fastest time trial riders in the World, so today should have been a bit of a jaunt for the tall Englishman, he didn’t take that way and demolished the others to lengthen his overall lead before tomorrow’s last stage into the centre of Paris. I think now the fat lady has sung! Bring on the Champs Elysйes.

Tour Coach: Cagey Cavendish Eyes Gold

Over the past 7-10 days, I had my doubts about Mark Cavendish. The World Champion had a great sprint to win Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France, but after that he faded out of the limelight as Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel led the sprinters’ brigade.

Tour de PEZ: Dreams For Sale!

Roadside St.18: If you boil le Tour right down to the essence, the main purpose is to sell things - from sausages to washing powder by way of yoghurt, biscuits and newspapers. But the Tour also sells dreams – like being as cool as your favorite pro just by riding the same bike as him.