The first Tour de France was held on in 1903, and the overall winner was Maurice Garin (3 March 1871, Arvier, Aosta Valley, Italy – 19 February 1957, Lens or Haute-Savoie, France).
Stage 7 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a hilly stage from Montpellier to Albi. The length of the course is 205.5 kilometers.
Stage 6 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a flat stage from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier. The length of the course is 176.5 kilometers. The course is suitable to pure sprinters.
Stage 5 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a hilly stage from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille. The length of the course is 228.5 kilometers. The course is suitable to both sprinters and breakaway groups.
Stage 4 of Tour de France 2013 (100th edition) is a Team Time Trial (TTT) stage in Nice. The length of the course is 25 kilometers. The course is flat, straightforward and short, so it will be a really fast stage.
I finished reading “Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by Herbie Sykes. Now it’s Tour de France time, and I started to reading “Slaying the Badger” by Richard Moore.
As I wrote before, these days I am reading William Fotheringham’s “Put Me Back On My Bike – In search of Tom Simpson”. Like all books of Fotheringham, it is a worth to read book.
Paul Kimmage, journalist and former pro cyclist, has doubts about Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky, suggests that their dominance at Tour de France 2012 is suspicious.
Pédaleur de charme, meaning “Pedaler of Charm“, was Hugo Koblet‘s nickname (He won Tour de France in 1951 and Giro d’Italia in 1950). He also won the Mountain Classification of Giro d’Italia in 1950.
Orson Welles, the famous American director was the official starter of the Tour de France in 1950. The best-known film directed by him is Citizen Kane.