Cycle Sport looks back over the 2009 Tour de France in the latest issue of the magazine dedicated to fans of the professional road racing scene.
This year’s Tour was full of unexpected twists and turns, from the internal rivalry at Astana between Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong to the stunning performance of British rider Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. And from the Schleck brothers’ show of unity, to a new Italian hero in the shape of Rinaldo Nocentini.
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Cycle Sport reviews the race with exclusive interviews, features, photography, analysis and more.
Cycle Sport September 2009 issue is on sale from Thursday in WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £4.10.
Full contents list:
FLIGHT OF THE CONTADOR
Alberto Contador took his second Tour title with ease – we ask, how did he do it?
BEST OF BRITISH
Bradley Wiggins equalled the best-ever overall position by a Brit with fourth in Paris. Here’s how he did it
Our eyewitness report and picture special from the spectacular stage one time trial in Monaco
THE JOY OF SIX
Mark Cavendish won six stages at the Tour – we talk to the men who put him in the position to do it
THE HISTORY BOUYGUES
BBox Bouygues Telecom riders Thomas Voeckler and Pierrick Fedrigo took a stage each at the Tour – they tell us how
THE ESSENTIAL TOUR
How it was won, the biggest stories, the most striking achievements, analysis, eyewitness reports and more…
THE ITALIAN JOB
Rinaldo Nocentini was one of the stars of the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey for seven days. He tells Cycle Sport about his week of glory
CYCLE SPORT CHALLENGE: SOIGNEUR FOR A DAY
Our man Ian Cleverly spends a day on the Tour working as a soigneur for the Garmin team. Two weeks later, Brad Wiggins comes fourth. Coincidence?
We meet the craziest fans in the craziest crowds ever to hit the Tour de France, on Mont Ventoux
ICONIC PLACES – CORMET DE ROSELEND
One of the Tour’s most beautiful climbs, but don’t be fooled – this Alpine ascent is a brute
Plus: Graham Watson, Broomwagon, Toto, Bob Stapleton interview, Tour Teams Report and more