The waiting’s very nearly over… in a few hours’ time, the 100th Tour de France will be well and truly under way with the world’s top riders going head to head. In the meantime, while we’re waiting, here’s some videos we’ve noticed ahead of the race.
Chris Froome starts the race as the red-hot favour to succeed team mate Sir Bradley Wiggins to the maillot jaune. In this video from Jaguar, supplier of the team’s cars, Froome plus Geraint Thomas and Edvald Boasson Hagen talk about the experience of being at the world’s biggest bike race, among other things.
Rapha, Sky’s kit supplier since the start of the year, have used some top-notch photos from the likes of Jered Gruber, Emily Maye, Scott Mitchell and Graham Watson to produce ‘Salute,’ a moody look back at the team’s season so far.
Sky isn’t the only team given a season-so-far retrospective approach in a pre-Tour video. Cannondale Pro Cycling gets a rather quirkier treatment.
One man who could thwart Mark Cavendish’s plans of taking the maillot jaune on Stage 1 tomorrow is Marcel Kittel. Here’s a short documentary from his Argos Shimano team that looks into his background.
The last video comes from Halfords – okay, it’s not specific to the Tour, but if you’re watching the race on ITV4 over the next few weeks, you’re bound to see it – here’s the full version, showing that cyclists, like bikes, come in all shapes and sizes.
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.