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Carbon Fiber Tour de France Bikes Are Surprisingly Easy to Counterfeit

The rise of carbon fiber technology brought lighter bikes, faster speeds, and innovative aerodynamics to the world of cycling. But an unexpected side effect is starting to frustrate the world’s top bike builders. Chinese factories are counterfeiting their products and selling them for a fraction of the price. It’s… » 7/20/15 12:08pm 7/20/15 12:08pm

Postman Flips His Shit Over Being Blocked By Tour De France

I get that it’s really annoying to have your mail route impeded by a massive bike race, especially when you’ve got “fuckin’ 80 kilos worth of post” to deliver. You just want to do your job, Angry Postman, and I can respect that. What definitely isn’t cool, though, is throwing tantrum that includes threatening to knock… » 7/07/15 11:41am 7/07/15 11:41am

Can Nairo Quintana End Europe's Stranglehold On The Tour De France?

This year’s Tour de France boasts the strongest group of contenders this decade. Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali split the last two Tours in dominant fashion. Alberto Contador, the greatest stage racer of his generation, hasn’t finished a Grand Tour lower than first in over a year. All three are highly decorated… » 7/06/15 3:01pm 7/06/15 3:01pm

How Vincenzo Nibali Attacked A Quaint And Sinister Tour De France

In a Tour De France marred by crashes, hostile weather, and high-profile abandonments, Vincenzo Nibali never fell off his bike. Most riders tend to hit the deck at least once, given the distance and variability involved. The Tour spanned 3,653 kilometers across four countries and dozens of different riding surfaces… » 7/29/14 5:23pm 7/29/14 5:23pm

This Year, Everyone At The Tour De France Is Crashing Out

The opening stage of this year's Tour de France was a blatant attempt to get Mark Cavendish his first yellow jersey. Organizers kicked off the race with a pancake-flat run into Harrogate, UK, where Cavendish's mother is from. It's probably the only time the peloton's most accomplished sprinter will race in a Grand… » 7/18/14 1:57pm 7/18/14 1:57pm

101 Years of Tour de France Bikes Map the Evolution of Cycling

This year marks the 101st riding of the Tour de France, one of the most brutal sporting events ever created by man. In fact, plenty of us are so focused on the madness that we overlook how incredible the technology that powers it has become—and how it's evolved over more than a century. » 7/18/14 12:52pm 7/18/14 12:52pm

The Tour De France Is Agony For The Spectators, Too

Whenever I hear hardcore cycling fans explain the Tour de France to novices, they seem to emphasize one aspect of the race—the suffering—above the rest. Sure, they talk about the sprints and the hills and the strategy, and explain how the cobbles of northern France, when wet, make the road as slippery as a skating… » 7/17/14 4:01pm 7/17/14 4:01pm

Experience Tour de France Mayhem First-Hand From New On-Bike Cameras

If you've been watching the Tour de France you know that it's been one of the more brutal tours in recent years, with intense weather conditions and terrible crashes that have led to several top contenders abandoning the tour already. It's also the first year that riders are allowed to put cameras on their bikes—so… » 7/16/14 10:52am 7/16/14 10:52am

How The Rivalry That Was Supposed To Usher In Cycling's New Era Didn't

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour De France. He finished 39 agonizing seconds behind Alberto Contador on the road, but the Spaniard's suspension for taking clenbuterol meant that Schleck inherited the yellow jersey. Winning a proxy war against Contador was a cruel way to bag his first grand… » 7/07/14 2:47pm 7/07/14 2:47pm

Mark Cavendish Eats It At The End Of First Stage Of Tour de France

Mark Cavendish was involved in (read: pretty much created) a crash in the final 400 meters of the opening stage of the Tour de France. While trying to create some room for himself to maneuver, he pushed against Simon Gerrans and the two bikes become entangled and they both went flying. Miraculously, neither man was… » 7/05/14 1:26pm 7/05/14 1:26pm

Cyclist Wails On A Fan Who Gets Too Close At Tour De France

During the 20th stage of the Tour de France today, Chris Froome was riding in a small pack about three kilometers from the finish when a few fans started to run alongside. Unfortunately, there were no samaritans around to handle the situation, and one spectator began to crowd Froome. Froome decided he wasn't standing… » 7/20/13 1:38pm 7/20/13 1:38pm