Tales from the Broomwagon

Day 2 - London to Ghent

Calling this blog Tales from the Broomwagon is a bit of a fraud - until Monday at least. We haven't even picked up our luxury six-berth camper van yet. Instead we've been cosseted in five-star luxury in a top Park Lane hotel, followed by a slight downgrading in star value - though no significant drop in comfort - at the Marriot in Ghent.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.