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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.