Tour de France

It's a Sorry Year for British Sports, and Not Just at the World Cup
July 08, 2014

God may still save the Queen, but Britannia has not ruled in 2014

Is the Tour de France Finally Clean?
July 22, 2013

But what a splendid Tour that was—and what a wonderful race the Tour de France still is!

Why Are Cyclists So Small?
July 18, 2013

Whenever people who don’t follow bike racing happen to meet champion cyclists, they are always surprised by how small the riders seem. So they are, both in general and compared with other sportsmen, or even sportswomen.

Tour de France: Up the Mountain That Once Killed a Man
July 15, 2013

Nowhere else in France, or on the parcours of the Tour de France, quite matches Mont Ventoux.

Biking as Bloodsport
July 12, 2013

A brief history of violence at cycling's greatest race.

The Most Glorious Weekend in the History of British Sports
July 08, 2013

Chris Froome shines alongside Andy Murray.

English Swearing at Its Flippin' Finest
July 06, 2013

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

The Ghosts of Tours Past
July 02, 2013

The April bombing of the Boston Marathon raised an uncomfortable thought at this year’s Tour de France: What if Corsican separatists attempted some violent outrage?

Why Can't Frenchmen Win the Tour de France?
June 28, 2013

When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support,

Should We Allow Doping in the Tour de France? Or All Sports?
June 29, 2012

With the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency having recently made new (and vigorously denied) accusations against the record-breaking seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, it’s tempting to imagine the annual cycling race dampened by scandal when it gets under way this weekend. But, in reality, the accusations came as little surprise to those familiar with the history of the sport. Pick any Tour de France in recent memory and a cloud hangs over the final standings.