The Col d’Izoard: A giant of the Tour de France

This year the Tour de France will honour the Col d’Izoard with a summit finish for the first time. What’s more, it will be the final mountain of the race. James Shrubsall investigates this giant of the Tour

When Philippe Thys finally reached the summit of the Col d’Izoard in the 1922 Tour de France, the Belgian would have stopped, but only to change gear and perhaps take on a drink.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.