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ProCycling: Tour CollectionProCycling: Tour Collection

ProCycling: Tour Collection

ProCycling: Tour Collection

Professional road cycling is the best sport on Earth. Nothing else can touch it for colour, glamour and the courage it demands of the riders. The pinnacle of the sport is the Tour de France – the race every rider starts out dreaming of winning. For three weeks each July, the race turns all of France into its stadium. History is made in the high mountains of the Pyrenees and Alps and in the centres of its beautiful cities. Through interviews with the race’s biggest stars, reportage from huge moments in its history and in-depth analysis of what it takes to win the biggest race of all, we share with you the reason why the Tour is the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome

Professional road cycling is the best sport on Earth. Nothing else can touch it for colour, glamour and the courage it demands of the riders. The pinnacle of the sport is the Tour de France – the race every rider starts out dreaming of winning. For three weeks each July, the race turns all of France into its stadium. History is made in the high mountains of the Pyrenees and Alps and in the centres of its beautiful cities. Through interviews with the race’s biggest stars, reportage from huge moments in its history and in-depth analysis of what it takes to win the biggest race of all, we share with you the reason why the Tour is the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet.…

1 min.
procycling: tour collection

Future PLC Richmond House, 33 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6EZ Bookazine Editorial Editor Dan Peel Designer Thomas Parrett Compiled by Sophie Hurcom & Sam Dansie Editorial Director Jon White Senior Art Editor Andy Downes Procycling Editorial Editor Edward Pickering Art Editor Simon Barnes Cover images Getty Images, Stefano Sirotti, Gruber Images, Joseph Branston, Kristof Ramon, Chris Auld, Jesse Wild, Roberto Bettini Photography All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com International Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Managers Keely Miller, Nola Cokely, Vivienne Calvert, Fran Twentyman Management Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Head of Art & Design Greg Whitaker Printed by William Gibbons, 26 Planetary Road, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 3XT Distributed by Marketforce,…

2 min.
alpine beauty

IN PICTURES Stage 11 was a near carbon copy of the sixth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. The route was just 108km long, but the peloton climbed over the Montée de Bisanne and Col du Pré (both ranked horscatégorie), before climbing the Cormet de Roselend and the final push to the summit finish at La Rosière ski resort (category 2 and 1 respectively). While familiarity will have done little to take the sting out of the parcours for the riders, it was second helpings of spectacular scenery for spectators. The route traced the northern edge of the Beaufortain massif, a kite-shaped wedge of rugged, sparsely populated mountains that extends south into the real heart of the Alps, the Vanoise Massif and resorts such as Courchevel, Méribel and Valmorel.…

2 min.
end of the stage; end of the race

The clock is ticking on Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France. At some point on the road between Albertville and La Rosière, probably as early as the first climb, the Montée de Bisanne, it became a realistic impossibility for the British rider to make the time cut, 31 and a half minutes. He’d only just made it the previous day, when the longer valley roads and relative truce among the favourites at least made the challenge of making the limit attainable. He won’t make it today, but he’s got a thing about packing. He will be beaten, but he won’t give in. So the clock ticks, the Tour waits, and Mark Cavendish steadily rides on. Thirty-one minutes and 32 seconds after Thomas won, Rick Zabel flogs himself over the line. Four seconds…

13 min.
undisputed champion

Going to the shops back home to get a pint of milk used to take a few minutes for Geraint Thomas, but these days it takes the best part of half an hour. “Everyone wants pics and a little chat,” he says. “It’s nice, but it’s also nice to come away from all that.” Right now, from the perspective of his base in Monaco, where the warm afterglow of the Tour win in which Thomas has been basking since July has physical expression in the post-season warmth of the French Riviera, there’s no sense that the satisfaction of having won the world’s biggest bike race is in any way tarnished by the pressures of fame. Thomas is in holiday mode. He’s been in holiday mode since he won the Tour de…

2 min.
thomas's rise to tour de france winner

2007 Thomas, having barely turned 21, is the youngest rider to start the Tour de France. He suffers terribly in a race hit by several doping scandals and comes 139th overall, nearly four hours down. 2010 All eyes are on Sky leader Wiggins, but national road champ Thomas is fifth in the prologue at the Tour, then second in the cobbled Arenberg stage. He wears the white jersey for four days. 2011 Comes an impressive 10th in a very hard Tour of Flanders, making the key break over the Muur. That was built on a close second at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Both races were won by Nick Nuyens. 2012 The year is mostly about riding track at the Olympics, but Thomas serves notice of his potential and talent when he is second in the first and last-day…