Tour de France 2024 Blog

Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard
Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard, by filip bossuyt, Licence CC BY 2.0

Another Big Three Battle on Stage 15

14th July 2024

Riders on Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2024
Stage 15 action, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2024 ended with the long, difficult climb to the Plateau de Beille.

Visma Lease-a-Bike decided they needed to test Pogacar from further out, rather than waiting for the last few hundred metres. Would their tactic succeed?

Read about Another Big Three Battle on Stage 15.

GC Battle on Stage 14

13th July 2024

Col du Tourmalet on Stage 14 TDF 2024
Riders on Le Col du Tourmalet on Stage 14, by ASO/Charly Lopez

There was a breakaway on Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2024, but the last survivor was caught before the top of the final climb.

A GC battle played out. Which of the three remaining contenders for the overall win would prove strongest?

Read about GC Battle on Stage 14.

3-2 in the Sprints after Stage 13

12th July 2024

Jasper Philipsen
Jasper Philipsen, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2024 could have been one for the breakaway, and crosswinds meant that it might even have led to changes on GC.

Instead, it finished in a reduced bunch sprint in Pau.

Read about 3-2 in the Sprints after Stage 13.

Stage 12 Win Makes it a Hat-Trick

12th July 2024

Biniam Girmay on Stage 8 TDF 2024
Biniam Girmay, by ASO/Bily Ceusters

Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2024 from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot ended in a bunch sprint.

Although sprint wins have been shared around, one fast man is now starting to rack up victories. Primoz Roglic was brought down in a crash and lost time.

Read about Stage 12 Win Makes it a Hat-Trick.

Thrilling Finish to Stage 11

10th July 2024

Vingegaard and Pogacar on Stage 11 TDF 2024
Vingegaard and Pogacar on Stage 11, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

The two best riders came to the fore on Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2024.

Pogacar attacked before the top of the Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, but has he read the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Read about Thrilling Finish to Stage 11.

Finally the Favourite Wins on Stage 10

9th July 2024

Jasper Philipsen
Jasper Philipsen, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2024 was a straightforward sprint stage that finished in Saint-Amand-Montrond.

Mark Cavendish won in Saint-Amand in 2013, but could he repeat the feat 11 years later?

Read about Finally the Favourite Wins on Stage 10.

Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9

7th July 2024

Anthony Turgis
Anthony Turgis, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 9 on the gravel roads through vineyards around Troyes was one of the most exciting days of the Tour so far.

The winner came from a breakaway group, while there was plenty of GC action which was ultimately neutralised.

Read about Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9.

Uphill Battle for the Sprinters on Stage 8

6th July 2024

Biniam Girmay on Stage 8 TDF 2024
Biniam Girmay, by ASO/Bily Ceusters

Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2024 was a rainy day on the roads of the Côte d'Or and the Haute Marne.

It ended in the sort of uphill sprint which would once have been a Peter Sagan stage par excellence.

Who would deal with it best?

Read about Uphill Battle for the Sprinters on Stage 8.

World Champion for a Reason - Stage 7

5th July 2024

Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2024 was a 25.3km individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin.

World Champion Remco Evenepoel was the favourite, but would he live up to expectations?

Read about World Champion for a Reason - Stage 7.

One Sprinter Cuts the Mustard in Dijon on Stage 6

4th July 2024

Dylan Groenewegen
Dylan Groenewegen, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2024 ended in a bunch sprint in Dijon, as expected.

One sprinter cut the mustard and won the stage.

Read about One Sprinter Cuts the Mustard in Dijon on Stage 6.

Class is Permanent - Stage 5

3rd July 2024

Mark Cavendish
Cavendish at the team presentation, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2024 ended in a bunch sprint in the unprepossessing surroundings of an industrial estate near Lyon.

Could anyone elevate the race above the mundane surroundings?

Read about Class is Permanent - Stage 5.

Swooping Down to Valloire on Stage 4 Tour de France 2024

2nd July 2024

Tadej Pogacar
Tadej Pogacar, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

The first mountain test came early on this year's Tour de France.

The zenith of the stage was the Col du Galibier, and from there the riders had to swoop down to the finish at Valloire.

The GC contenders battled for the stage win.

Read about Swooping Down to Valloire on Stage 4 Tour de France 2024.

Crashes and a Sprint Finish in Turin

1st July 2024

Biniam Girmay
Biniam Girmay, by René Hourdry, CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2024 was a calmer day after an exciting weekend.

There were crashes on the run-in which delayed some of the sprinters, but still the stage win was fought out by an elite few.

The yellow jersey changes hands as a result of cumulative placings, not a time gap.

Read about Crashes and a Sprint Finish in Turin.

Dramatic Finale to Stage 2 in Bologna

30th June 2024

Kevin Vauquelin
Kévin Vauquelin, by Hugo LUC, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

There was a dramatic finale to Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2024, with big crowds lining the San Luca climb in Bologna.

It was a day for the breakaway not the peloton, but there was GC action too.

Read about Dramatic Finale to Stage 2 in Bologna.

DSM Breakaway Succeeds on Stage 1 Tour de France 2024

29th June 2024

Romain Bardet
Romain Bardet, by filip bossuyt, Licence CC BY 2.0

Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2024 saw two DSM riders up front - Frank Van den Broek, who had been in the early break, and Romain Bardet, who joined it.

On the flat run-in to Rimini, could they hold off the peloton?

Read about DSM Breakaway Succeeds on Stage 1 Tour de France 2024.

British Riders in the Tour de France 2024

27th June 2024

Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas, by Johann Conus, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are several British participants in the 2024 Tour de France, including familiar favourites Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish.

What can we expect from them, and from Tom Pidcock, the Yates brothers, and others?

Read about British Riders in the Tour de France 2024.

UAE Emirates Announce Strong Tour de France Team

22nd June 2024

UAE Tour de France team 2024
UAE Tour de France team, ©UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates have announced a strong line-up for the 2024 Tour de France.

Which riders will be on the start line in Florence, and what are their expectations for the race?

Read about UAE Emirates Announce Strong Tour de France Team.

Overall Contenders for the Tour de France 2024

21st June 2024

Pogacar and Vingegaard
Pogacar and Vingegaard, by filip bossuyt, CC BY 2.0

For months we have been wondering whether the Tour de France 2024 would be a showdown among the Big Four.

Now it has been confirmed that it's on, what are the chances of each of the four riders?

Read about Overall Contenders for the Tour de France 2024.

Vingegaard and Van Aert in Visma Lease-a-Bike Tour de France Team

20th June 2024

Van Aert, Kelderman, Vingegaard and Kuss
Van Aert, Kelderman, Vingegaard and Kuss, by filip bossuyt, CC BY 2.0

Team Visma Lease-a-Bike have confirmed the participation of their two big stars, Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert, in the 2024 Tour de France.

What do they say about the upcoming Tour, and what comments does Merijn Zeeman make?

Read about Vingegaard and Van Aert in Visma Lease-a-Bike Tour de France Team.

Grand Départ 2026 to Take Place in Barcelona

19th June 2024

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, by Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Grand Départ of the 2026 Tour de France is to take place in Barcelona.

When has the Tour de France previously visited the Catalan city, and what can we expect this time?

Read about Grand Départ 2026 to Take Place in Barcelona.

Focus on Stage 4 Tour de France 2024

13th June 2024

Kuss, Vingegaard and Pogacar
Kuss, Vingegaard and Pogacar on the Tourmalet in 2023, by Shougissime, CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de France is an oddity, in that it's an isolated day in the Alps.

Will there be gaps among the main GC riders, and who are the winners and losers likely to be?

Read about Focus on Stage 4 Tour de France 2024.

Van der Poel to Ride the Tour de France 2024

17th May 2024

Mathieu van der Poel
Mathieu van der Poel, by Lieven de Cock, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mathieu van der Poel's team have announced his race programme for the Summer.

He will ride the whole of the 2024 Tour de France, but what does that mean for his participation at the Paris Olympics?

Read about Van der Poel to Ride the Tour de France 2024.

Cavendish Wins in Hungary

15th May 2024

Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish, by Shougissime, CC BY-SA 4.0

In a promising sign that his Tour de France preparations are going well, Mark Cavendish won a stage of the Tour of Hungary last week.

Who is in his lead-out train, and what did he say about his stage win?

Read about Cavendish Wins in Hungary.

Remco Back in the Saddle and Preparing for Tour de France

10th May 2024

Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel, by Granada, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Remco Evenepoel is back in the saddle and preparing for the 2024 Tour de France.

A video released in early May shows his training and physio sessions. How well is Remco recovering from the injuries he sustained in a crash in the Basque Country?

Read about Remco Back in the Saddle and Preparing for Tour de France.

Jonas Vingegaard Hopes to be Fit for the Tour de France

6th May 2024

Jonas Vingegaard
Jonas Vingegaard, by Clémence LN, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Jonas Vingegaard hopes to be fit to take part in the 2024 Tour de France.

Visma Lease-a-Bike's Sporting Director Merijn Zeeman has been talking about the Danish Tour de France champion's recovery from injuries he sustained in a crash in the Basque Country in April. What did Zeeman say?

Read about Jonas Vingegaard Hopes to be Fit for the Tour de France.

Remco Evenepoel's 2024 Tour de France Participation Confirmed

13th January 2024

Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel, by Granada, CC BY-SA 4.0

Remco Evenepoel's participation at the 2024 Tour de France has been confirmed by his Soudal Quick-Step team.

What else is on the Belgian's 2024 race programme?

Read about Remco Evenepoel's 2024 Tour de France Participation Confirmed.

Strong Bora Team Will Support Roglic at 2024 Tour de France

11th January 2024

Primoz Roglic
Primoz Roglic in Jumbo colors, by Filip Bossuyt, CC BY 2.0

Primoz Roglic will be Bora-Hansgrohe's sole leader at the 2024 Tour de France, with a strong supporting cast.

What is the Slovenian's race programme, and who will help him in France?

Read about Strong Bora Team Will Support Roglic at 2024 Tour de France.

Remembering Fausto Coppi at the 2024 Tour de France

28th November 2023

Fausto Coppi
Fausto Coppi, public domain image

The Grand Départ 2024 in Italy is an opportunity to remember past Italian cycling champions.

Many of us have heard the name Fausto Coppi, but were born too late to remember him. What are the essentials of his life and career?

Read about Remembering Fausto Coppi at the 2024 Tour de France.

Rod Ellilngworth Leaves Ineos Grenadiers

18th November 2023

Ineos pro cycling team
Ineos Grenadiers, by Martino Photos, CC BY-SA 2.0

Ineos Grenadiers pro cycling team have lost their Deputy Team Principal, with the sudden departure of Rod Ellingworth.

The Lancastrian has been a stalwart at the petrochemical and SUV-sponsored team, which has also lost a number of its top riders in recent times.

Read about Rod Ellingworth Leaves Ineos Grenadiers.

Matt Rendell's Biography of Marco Pantani

14th November 2023

Marco Pantani biography
The Death of Marco Pantani, by Matt Rendell

Matt Rendell's biography of Marco Pantani is not new - it was published in 2006.

Why look at it now? Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France starts in Pantani's home town, Cesenatico, and will be an opportunity to remember the late Italian bike racer.

Read about Matt Rendell's Biography of Marco Pantani.

Should the Tour de France Celebrate Marco Pantani's Career?

8th November 2023

Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani on Alpe d'Huez, by Hein Ciere, Licence CC BY 3.0

Stage 2 of the 2024 Tour de France starts in Marco Pantani's home town of Cesenatico.

The race's visit to this resort on the Adriatic coast of Italy will be used to celebrate the late Italian racer's career. Given that Pantani's results were powered by doping, is that a good thing?

Read about Should the Tour de France Celebrate Marco Pantani's Career?

Remco Complains about White Roads in the Tour de France 2024

30th October 2023

Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel, by Granada, CC BY-SA 4.0

Bryan Adams sang She's Only Happy When She's Dancing, but sometimes it seems that Remco Evenepoel is only happy when he's complaining.

What does he think about the inclusion of white gravel roads in the 2024 Tour de France?

Read about Remco Complains about White Roads in the Tour de France 2024.

Tour de France 2024 Route Announcement

26th October 2023

Tour de France 2024 route overview
Tour de France 2024 route overview, © ASO

The full route of the 2024 Tour de France was announced yesterday.

What are Mark Cavendish's chances of winning a 35th stage? Which mountains will the race climb? And will time trialling be crucial in deciding the overall winner?

Read about in Tour de France 2024 Route Announcement.

Pidcock to Race Tour de France and Olympic Cross-Country Mountain Bike

19th October 2023

Tom Pidcock
Tom Pidcock, by Hoebele, CC BY-SA 4.0

Tom Pidcock plans to race the 2024 Tour de France, then the Olympic cross-country mountain bike event just 8 days after it finishes.

How exactly does he plan to juggle his programme for 2024?

Find out in Pidcock to Race Tour de France and Olympic Cross-Country Mountain Bike.

Roglic Joins Bora Hansgrohe

8th October 2023

Primoz Roglic
Primoz Roglic, by Filip Bossuyt, CC BY 2.0

Primoz Roglic is joining Bora Hansgrohe from the 2024 season, and will probably be team leader at the Tour de France 2024.

What did team manager Ralph Denk have to say about Bora's new recruit?

Read about Roglic Joins Bora Hansgrohe.

Cavendish Rides On

6th October 2023

Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish, by Shougissime, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mark Cavendish was due to retire at the end of the 2023 season, but he has been persuaded to keep going for one more year.

Who else is joining Astana to help with the Manxman's bid for more Tour de France stage wins?

Find out in Cavendish Rides On.




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