It could not have escaped anyone’s notice that the Tour de France is now in full swing, and what a race it’s been so far.
As a result, this edition of cycling videos of the week is pretty Tour heavy with cobbled stage highlights, stage previews and one man who really wanted a souvenir.
Away from la Grande Boucle, British cycling legend Chris Boardman went on a pedal around Copenhagen to see how well two-wheeled transport has been integrated into the daily life of the city.
Tour de France stage four highlights
Stage four was seen as an early make or break for the GC contenders due to the damage caused by the cobbles at last year’s Tour de France.
Chris Froome was the surprise package for many viewers with the way he coped with the pavé and came to the front of the race to try and drive a split in the peloton.
As was the case last year, Vincenzo Nibali looked particularly strong across the cobbles, but this year could not turn that strength into a time advantage.
Everyone wants a souvenir
Anyone who’s been to watch the Tour will be familiar with the ‘merchandise’ that the caravan spills out on the crowd. Key rings, cycling caps and travel pillows are some of the choicest things on offer.
However, getting a souvenir directly from a rider is the ultimate prize for the discerning fan, as this enthusiastic man proved when he just had to grab that bidon.
Chris Boardman rides around Copenhagen
The Olympian and utility cycling hero opens by saying that he’s been told Copenhagen is the cycling capital of the world.
He may have revised this claim after his trip to the Netherlands for the Tour de France over the weekend, but the Danish capital still looks very impressive.
Naysayers will point out how much bigger London and other British cities are, but the infrastructure seen in this video is scaleable and could be rolled out anywhere.
Brace yourselves for the ‘singing’
Apologies in advance for this one. Cannondale-Garmin took a leaf out of Orica-GreenEdge’s book to tell us who’s in their Tour de France team. But with slightly less tuneful results.
Cycling Weekly’s guide to the Tour de France stages five to nine
Covering Wednesday July 8 to Sunday July 12, we look ahead to the upcoming stages. There’s plenty for the sprinters to her excited about, and so there is ample opportunity for Mark Cavendish to get off the mark with this year’s stage win tally.