Tour de France Diary

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,