With the Tour de France underway, it’s time to list out the best sites on the Web covering the event. I’ve been reading:
- Daily Peloton
- Pro Cycling News
- The Paceline
- Official Tour de France
- Graham Watson Photography
- Caroline Yang Photography
New sites that I’ve found include:
What else is there?
I think they did this last year, but one thing they are showing more and more are the heart rates for the riders during the race. It’s interesting to see how close they are to the limit during sprints and breakaways. I wonder if all of the teams are mandated that they release heart rate information for each of their riders. I think back to the 1989 Tour when LeMond and Fignon battled it out:
Seven kilometers from the top, halfway up L’Alpe d’Huez, LeMond began running out of energy. When he is truly laboring, as he was now, LeMond’s shoulders start to bob back and forth. Fignon’s coach, Cyrille Guimard, recognized the signs immediately. In 1980, Guimard, then with the Renault team, had signed LeMond to his first European contract. So Guimard sped his car up to Fignon and shouted to him, in French, “You’ve got to go now! Right now!”
LeMond, just ahead, could hear every word, but he resisted the urge to look back lest Fignon recognize the look of panic on his face. “I can’t do it,” Fignon replied. “I can’t.”
Guimard’s car dropped back. The pace continued as before. LeMond’s shoulders continued to rock. Four kilometers before the finish Guimard drove up to Fignon again and yelled, “Attack him now! You’ve got to go now!”
Fignon went bolting past LeMond and Delgado.
Unless you’re Snake-Eyes or a highly trained monk, you can’t so easily fake your heart rate in a race. No more pretending that you’re having problems like Lance did against Ullrich and Telekom back in 2001.