Tour stage 1: Kittel takes yellow as Cav crashes out

From Jens Voigt taking the polka dot jersey to Fabian Cancellara trying to sprint his way to victory in the final kilometre, the first stage of this year’s Tour was full of surprises. Not least that the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t award the yellow jersey to Mark Cavendish but to Marcel Kittel, the big German with hair like Vanilla Ice.  Continue reading

What’s happening in June?

With just five weeks between the end of the Giro d’Italia and the beginning of the 100th Tour de France, June is a busy month which sees both key warm-up races and the start of the Tour itself. Here’s a quick preview of the races and some of the more notable rider birthdays which occur over the course of June. Continue reading

Giro review: Stage-by-stage

Three weeks after the riders took the start in sunny Naples, the Giro d’Italia has finally completed its journey across the length and breath of Italy’s ‘boot’ from top to toe. The race has taken in the plains and the mountains, sunshine, rain and snow (a little too much of the latter two, sadly) and provided us with an ever-shifting tableau containing more drama, twists and turns and intriguing subplots than a Verdi opera.

We miss it already. To kick off our series of Giro reviews this week, here’s a quick stage-by-stage reminder of the story of the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Continue reading