AntBanter: The secret of Gallic flair

From Hinault to Chavanel, Anquetil to Voeckler, French cycling is well-known for its colourful and often controversial characters. Playing host to the world’s biggest bike race, it is not difficult to see France’s influence on the sport, and the sport’s influence on France. Cycling heroes permeate French culture in a very big way –  you even get French punks singing about Louison Bobet! Continue reading

Friday Feature: An interview with FDJ’s Sophie Chavanel

Before she headed off to the Tour Down Under, I sat on the VeloVoices terrace and shared a cup of coffee and a chat in the warm winter sunshine [not in the UK, then –Ed] with Sophie Chavanel. Sophie is a physiotherapist with French WorldTour team FDJ, and is also married to Europcar’s Sebastien Chavanel, the younger – and, in my opinion, the better looking – of the two Chavanel brothers. Continue reading

Tour de France analysis: Week 1 winners and losers

It may be the rest day for the riders, but we’ve been busy dissecting the first ten-day ‘week’ of the Tour over at the VeloVoices Towers offices. Tim and Jack have each nominated their top two winners and losers from the opening salvos of this year’s race. Continue reading