The first bike to win the Tour de France

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). His bicycle, a La Française was the first bike to win the Tour de France.

Ferdi is too old… Ferdi hurts too much… (1955 Tour de France)

A very enjoyable story about the legendary Swiss cyclist Ferdi Kübler. 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 great book.

Kimmage has doubts about Wiggins and Team Sky

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. Previously, during the Tour de France in July, Kimmage has said that he believes Team Sky was not as transparent as they promised when the team was founded. He …

Michele Ferrari: “I did not dope Lance Armstrong”, Greg LeMond: “Ferrari is master at doping”

In an exclusive interview, life-time banned doctor Michele Ferrari told Al Jazeera’s Lee Wellings that “he did not dope Lance Armstrong”. But 3-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond is having none of it. He says about former Lance Armstrong doctor that “Ferrari is master at doping”.

Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ will be in Yorkshire

Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ (the 101st edition of the French grand tour) will be in Yorkshire, England. Other candidates were Edinburgh, Florence, Barcelona, and Lille, but race organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organization) announced today Yorkshire is the winner and the Tour will start from there.

Hugo Koblet: Pédaleur de charme

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.

The Yellow Rosebud: Orson Welles and the 1950 Tour de France

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. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories; it won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman Mankiewicz and Welles. Citizen Kane was voted …

Ocaña vs Merckx, 1971 Tour de France

1971 Tour de France was a scene of an epic Luis Ocaña vs Eddy Merckx battle. Eventually, the tour was a great tragedy for Luis Ocaña, who won the Tour de France in 1973 and the Vuelta a España in 1970. Eddy Merckx won Tour de France in 1969 and 1970, and it looked like …