Velon’s on-bike videos throughout this year’s Tour de France have added an extra dimension to coverage of the race – and that continued yesterday, with the bike of yellow jersey winner Chris Froome equipped with a Go Pro camera to capture the action.
The Team Sky man wasn’t the only rider whose bike sported a camera yesterday, and there’s also footage of André Greipel’s celebrations after he crossed the finish line on the Champs-Elysées first to claim what is often termed the unofficial sprinters’ world championship.
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Rogers also had a camera on his bike – here he is having a chat with team mate and points classification winner Peter Sagan as the peloton rolled slowly towards Paris, including encouraging him to do a trick – although it’s perhaps not the most spectacular one we’ve ever seen him perform.
Meanwhile, Sky’s latest Inside the Tour de France video, released yesterday, gives the riders’ views on racing in the mountains, whether from the sharp end – Froome and Richie Porte – or in the gruppetto, with Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard talking about life at the less glamorous end of the race.
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.