Tag Archives: Tour de France 2013

Louison Bobet in 1953, the three-time winner, and one of the Tour’s most famous Bretons, along with Bernard Hinault #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Against the clock Louison Bobet on his way to winning the time trial from Lyon to St Etienne, just two days from Paris and his first overall victory in 1953. These … Continue reading

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Today’s Photo, Rehydration, 1947. #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Rehydration Riders taking water from the roadside during the 1947 race. These photos can be found on page 63 of Tour de France 100.

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Photo of the Day, Bunch in the Pyrenees, 1951. #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Snaking British photographer Bert Hardy captured the riders snaking up the switchbacks of the Col du Tourmalet, the highest pass in the Pyrenees during the 1951 Tour. These photos can be … Continue reading

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The Tour reaches the Pyrenees, which first featured in 1910. #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day War of attrition The Tour made its first visit to the high mountains of the Pyrenees in 1910, in a bid to toughen up the race and fulfil Henri Desgrange’s ambition … Continue reading

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In south of France, approaching Pyrenees, it’s likely to be hot. Coppi cools down in 1952. #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Coppi cools down At first glance it isn’t clear whether Fausto Coppi, on his way to winning the 1952 Tour, wants this shower, courtesy of a watering can. Closer study suggests … Continue reading

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Our photo of the day salutes the fans of the Tour de France, who in 1964 abandoned the beach to wave the Tour past #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Roadside distraction Some fans abandon the beach to wave the Tour past in 1964. The race skirted the Mediterranean en route to the Pyrenees, with Jacques Anquetil eventually winning for a … Continue reading

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Today’s photograph is of Eddy Merckx in the Pyrenees in 1971 #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Day of reckoning Merckx, being trailed by his great rival Luis Ocaña, and the Belgian climber Lucien van Impe, during the 1971 Tour. It was the day of Ocaña’s famous crash, … Continue reading

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Who will win the team time trial today? #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Once masters ONCE, the Spanish team, in the team time trial from Joinville to Saint-Dizier. They were masters at this discipline, and at much else besides, winning virtually everywhere. But the … Continue reading

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Who to back in the 2013 Tour de France no. 1: USA

I gave a Brito-centric guide to blind-eyed patriotism for the Giro d’Italia, but will spread my net a little wider for the Tour de France. Here’s who to back from all the interloping English-speaking nations. First up … Yew-Essay! Yew-Essay! … Continue reading

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Could Philippe Gilbert, in black-shouldered Belgian champ’s jersey, be today’s winner? #tdf

Bloomsbury Sport’s Tour de France Photo of the Day Blanket finish Mark Cavendish, with his trademark low-slung sprinting style, is on the far left and on his way to one of his best wins at the top of a small … Continue reading

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