Second episode in Cervélo TestTeam's behind-the-scenes look at Tour de France now online
Film gives unique insight into Tour's middle week from inside the bubble...

We’ve flagged up Cervélo TestTeam’s Beyond The Peloton films before, and they’re well worth watching, each giving a unique, 15-minute behind-the-scenes insight into the ProTour outfit’s debut season.

Now, film-makers Joe Finkleman and Booker Sim have released the second of three films shot at this year’s Tour de France, which promise to “show you what race footage fails to capture”.

Focusing on the middle week of the race, which took the peloton from Barcelona to the foothills of the Alps via the High Pyrenees and the heart of France, the film gives an insider’s view of a team competing in the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

Without giving too much away, the latest episode includes the team discussing to the radio ban on Stage 10, thoughts about the threat from Mark Cavendish in the competition for the green points jersey, and Heinrich Haussler talking about what it was like to ride his debut Tour in 2007, when he was racing for Gerolsteiner, and what kept him from abandoning the race.

And if there are any Norwegian speakers out there who can let us know the words to the song Thor Hushovd’s fans are singing, we’d appreciate it – we can make out the word “Cavendish,” but that’s about it.

Previous episodes, still available online at www.bartape.net, cover the team’s beginnings, the Tour of California, Spring classics including Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, and the Giro d’Italia. They can be streamed in various definitions depending on your connection, and there are also versions optimised for the Apple iPhone.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


JonMack [166 posts] 6 years ago

Love these videos, can't wait to watch this one and the third!

Simon_MacMichael [2429 posts] 6 years ago

They're great, and I can vouch that the iPhone-optimised version does exactly what it says on the tin  1

Can't wait for the third one either.

Simon E [2487 posts] 6 years ago

Yes, I think these are terrific.

The iPod/iPhone download is good enough quality to run fine on the computer (182 MB for 15mins). I let it download in the background then watch it during my lunch break.