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ASO pull out all the stops to get you in the mood for this year's 100th Tour...

With freezing temperatures here in the UK, it's hard to believe that in exactly four months' time we'll be less than 48 hours away from the start of the 2013 Tour de France, the 100th edition of the race - so here's a timely and absolutely cracking promo video from organisers ASO to whet your appetite.

With a first-ever visit to Corsica, which hosts the Grand Départ, and a parcours featuring Mont Ventoux, a double ascent of Alpe d'Huez and a night-time finish on the Champs-Elysées plus Alberto Contador returning to the race after being banned last year, Chris Froome lookinhg likely to spearhead Sky's challenge, and Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Peter Sagan looking set to battle it out for the green jersey, it promises to be a cracker.

We can't wait.

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.

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thelimopit [139 posts] 3 years ago
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Does that mean I've missed 99 other TdFs this year?

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WolfieSmith [1323 posts] 3 years ago
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Funny how all those clips of Armstrong have gone - never to be seen again. It's like remembering Gary Glitter on the radio...

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Skardy [89 posts] 3 years ago
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Great analogy MercuryOne, very amusing  4

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bazzargh [152 posts] 3 years ago
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Are we not back to the 93rd tour now? Also - 1:37, the hairpins. Where is that? It's a cracking shot.

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 3 years ago
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When was Lance stripped of his titles? I must have missed that.

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CraigS [129 posts] 3 years ago
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bazzargh wrote:

Are we not back to the 93rd tour now? Also - 1:37, the hairpins. Where is that? It's a cracking shot.

I was wondering the exact same thing!

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Equipe Rpm90 [7 posts] 3 years ago
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Those hairpins are on the grand colombier me thinks on last years stage to Bellegarde .... A great shot... An amazing climb..

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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Equipe Rpm90 wrote:

Those hairpins are on the grand colombier me thinks on last years stage to Bellegarde .... A great shot... An amazing climb..

Been driving me mad... I knew it was on last year's race, and on one of the Alps stages,just couldn't pin it down exactly. Remember thinking it was a breathtaking shot at the time.

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Equipe Rpm90 [7 posts] 3 years ago
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Yep, we were up there, pretty steep on way up, trying to remember who won stage??. Was it mr short shorts tommy V?? Sure it was somebody from europcar ...

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The Good Shepherd [47 posts] 3 years ago
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Does anybody know where the mountain-top lair is at 1:50? It looks like somewhere a Bond villain would operate from...

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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The Good Shepherd wrote:

Does anybody know where the mountain-top lair is at 1:50? It looks like somewhere a Bond villain would operate from...

Pic du Midi, observatory-cum-tourist destination.

Sits above the Tourmalet. Can be seen for miles.

http://www.picdumidi.com/photos-videos/

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago
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I see that they are looking to appeal to the Chinese/Asian male market at about 0.36 into the clip  3

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therealsmallboy [167 posts] 3 years ago
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That's where the money's at nowadays seanieh66. Man Utd do the same thing.

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Vinerman [60 posts] 3 years ago
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thats a copy and a bad version of the Giro d'italia promo
This is how to do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmhd0jjZwWM

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Vinerman [60 posts] 3 years ago
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The Giro Promo is much better, ASO copy cats  4

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eddie11 [112 posts] 3 years ago
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"...fighting spirit..."

cue shot of andy schleck hahahahahah  4

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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I like this one and the Giro but if I had to choose the TdF one gets the nod from me!

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Edgeley [352 posts] 3 years ago
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F*ck me, the Giro is brilliant.

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bfslxo [144 posts] 3 years ago
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any links to the giro one that aren't youtube - blocked from work pc!!

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Loved the clip; but too short!

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm not sure that it is the Pic Du Midi observation tower. It looks very different to the one in the video, though I accept the view point maybe different.

What I want to know was when did that crash happen and who was it that crashed? It looked pretty spectacular.

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stenmeister [274 posts] 3 years ago
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It's like a J.J Abrahms sci-fi film but I like it.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:

I'm not sure that it is the Pic Du Midi observation tower. It looks very different to the one in the video, though I accept the view point maybe different.

What I want to know was when did that crash happen and who was it that crashed? It looked pretty spectacular.

Good spot, not the Pic du Midi but the Aiguille du Midi over by Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Crash on the descent? Stage 14 of 2006 race, Saunier Duval rider is David Canada, also involved Mathias Kessler of T-Mobile and Rik Verbrugghe of Cofidis (who is already over barrier on right I think).

Don't look at this pic if you're having lunch  31http://cdn2.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/photos/2006/tour06/tour0614/...

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
Equipe Rpm90 wrote:

Those hairpins are on the grand colombier me thinks on last years stage to Bellegarde .... A great shot... An amazing climb..

Been driving me mad... I knew it was on last year's race, and on one of the Alps stages,just couldn't pin it down exactly. Remember thinking it was a breathtaking shot at the time.

Yes, that's the place. ITV4 managed to miss those shots during an advert break. The same climb was featured in the Dauphiné.

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LeDomestique [34 posts] 3 years ago
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Mercx, Hinault, Anquetil. Les Anglos Saxons are being written out of TdF history. ASO turns the clock back to the time when riders could "charge up" safe in the knowledge that no one cared.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 3 years ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

Funny how all those clips of Armstrong have gone - never to be seen again. It's like remembering Gary Glitter on the radio...

The only less popular cyclist is a chap by the name of Jimmy Saville.