The Tour de France Grand Depart is looming ever closer, and the excitement is palpable. Cycling Weekly's special edition Tour Guide is here to bring you all the information you need to get every drop of enjoyment out of the three weeks of racing.
To whet your appetite, here's what Magazine Editor Simon Richardson had to say in his opening editorial...
After a few years on the sidelines I’m making my long awaited, albeit brief, return to Cycling Weekly’s Tour team. By the time you read this I’ll be at the start in Copenhagen, chasing after riders and team staff in an attempt to bring you the stories behind the race from the opening stages.
Due to the nature of an editors ‘backroom’ role, and the pandemic of course, I haven’t been to a major international race for several years, and I don’t mind admitting I’m a bit nervous by how rusty I’ve no doubt become.
Working on a bike race can take some getting used to. There’s the ebb and flow of how stages run, good and bad times to approach people, where to stand and wait for the rider you want to speak to etc, etc.. Get just one of those wrong and it’s possible to waste hours of valuable time, leaving you with no quotes and a looming deadline. The stress is always there.
But there’s no denying that I’m looking forward to it. I don’t think my love of the Tour has dimmed one bit since I first watched it back in 1989, and pulling together our preview issue always takes me back to those halcyon days. However you’re following the race I hope your love of it remains as undimmed as mine. And I hope this magazine is part of that experience. Vive le Tour!
- The making of Tadej Pogačar
- Denmark’s troubled Tour stories
- Tony Martin helps our TT wannabe
- 60+ pages of unmissable Tour coverage
- Cavendish’s heroic nationals ride
- REDACTED - EMBARGOED TECH LAUNCH! - Ed
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989, started racing in the UK in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. As editor of Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races.
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