Surely the best way to follow this year’s Tour de France

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The Tour de France starts on Saturday. We’ll be writing about it daily over at our cycling site. We’re going to try and do one piece after each stage, which should be nice and manageable for busy, successful individuals like yourselves.

This week’s preview week, so if you’re remotely interested, now would be a good time to sign up for email updates. We’ve already covered the favourites for the points competition and the main contenders for the yellow jersey. The next few days will feature the lowdown on each of Chris Froome’s team-mates, a look at some of the most important stages and finally some advice about how best to follow the race.

Yes, we know most of you aren’t interested, but extensive market research has revealed that we tend to gain a bunch of subscribers each time we do this so we’re happy to tolerate the brickbats and opprobrium once or twice a year. There’s also a part of us that genuinely can’t comprehend why anyone wouldn’t want to know which Team Sky rider used to sell avocados off the back of their bike as a child.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. I am interested. I did enjoy the last lap of the last Tour de France where that guy with tight clothing beat the other guy. It wasn’t close, though, because the first guy hit the ground cycling. As they say in cycling circles, it’s important to maintain the angular momentum. The first guy did that.

    1. No, but there will of course be an exciting fact about him in tomorrow’s post as well.

      (Note: Potential readers should try and reconcile themselves with the fact that small men from Launceston, Tasmania are NOT the enemy in cycling.)

    2. (Note: Potential readers should try and reconcile themselves with the fact that small men from Launceston, Tasmania are NOT the enemy in cycling.)

      This may explain why it has taken so long to catch on over here.

  2. I like the bit where all of the dutch are drunk. Can we expect updates on this?

  3. What a ridiculous sport.

    It goes on for weeks, allowing self-styled experts (and even real experts) to blather at length about the minutiae of the contest and contestants.

    True, there are episodes to be won during the contest, but it basically takes weeks to determine who wins.

    The Tour de France has been going on for well over a hundred years. It gets in the way of the traffic. Surely it is a relic of a bygone era.

    From a marketing perspective, surely the modern public would prefer short, sharp cycling contests. These could take place in a stadium or velodrome, potentially indoors, so the viewing public might keep dry and warm, as might the contestants.

    Get yer marketing people onto it KC, before someone else, e.g. the BCCI, spot the money-making opportunity.

    1. Perhaps every time someone overtakes some loud music could play? The best overtake could then be awarded a Kamaal Overtake award.

  4. Following the scandal of the Dreyfus affair, a prominent anti-Dreyfusard got into a punch up with the President of France at a horse race. This was reported with much relish in the press, particularly in sports magazine Le Velo. Angered by the coverage, the convicted assailant and a few other like-minded individuals (racists) decided to set up a rival sports magazine that would cover matters like this in a more, er, sympathetic way. Naturally this was a disaster, so they concocted an entirely artificial sports event purely so they could cover it and make money. And so the Tour de France was born.

    In other news, Wigan Warriors currently field a player called Jack Hughes.

    1. is that true (*wikis*)
      It IS true. KC is an ACTUAL racist antisemite. There can be no other explanation of his love of the tour. NO. OTHER. EXPLANATION!
      I always suspected as much.

    2. We’ve expressed appreciation for racist-outburst-ban-recipient Darren Lehmann this week as well.

  5. It clashes with the Ashes. I am never sure if that is a good thing. On the one hand I can’t therefore give both my undivided attention and on the other it is a chance to wallow in sport, glorious sport!

    1. If you’re pressed for time, you should try and find yourself an irreverent cycling website where the writer promises just one comprehensive update for each stage.

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