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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.