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Three Riders Reach or Surpass Merkx Records and More from the 2021 Tour de France

184 riders took off from Brest on June 26th to start the 2021 edition of the Tour de France. Three weeks later, 141 riders took the start to complete the Tour in Paris on the Champs-Elysees.

What took place during the stages in-between, may not have been unprecedented, but it certainly was compelling. Here is my recap of the 5 most important takeaways from this year’s race.

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A 2020 Tour de France Recap: Racing like it’s 1989!

Tour de France 2020 Recap

2020 has been anything but normal. No exceptions. But the 2020 Tour de France, which was never a guarantee to start and once there was never a guarantee to finish was captivating, competitive, and dramatic.

It’s easy to say some of those things in hindsight because it did finish in Paris on the Champs-Élysées, but the threat of bringing it all to a close without reaching Stage 21 was not only a looming specter but a change in tactics.

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Observations on the 2018 Tour de France from the Other side of the Pond

Observations on the 2018 Tour de France from the Other side of the Pond

This year’s Tour de France has had its ups and downs as all of the Grand Tours do. The measure of a great tour from a viewing perspective is to have it be decided in the final stages, while along the way having the top prize contested and in that this year’s tour was extremely compelling, plus there were some very unexpected storylines.

It was also one of the more damaging tours in recent memory. The early sprint stages yielded to daily crashes that tore through the peloton which made for edge of your seat nervous watching, and for the peloton I’m sure it was nervous riding as well.

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Top Ten Moments from the 2017 Tour de France

Top Ten Moments from the 2017 Tour de France

The 2017 Tour de France was one of the more compelling in recent memory. Old names and new names mingled up and down mountains and across the plains of France, having started off this year in a rainy Dusseldorf before trekking the 3562 kilometres to the finish line in Paris on the Champs-Élysées.

So for your perusal, here are my Top Ten Moments of the 2017 Tour de France.

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Top 10 Moments from the Eventful 2014 Tour de France

The 2014 Tour de France was all about Vincenzo Nibali

The 2014 Tour de France ran from July 5th to July 27th. This 101st edition of the Tour was made up of 21 stages and covered 3,664 km, containing nine flat stages, five hill stages, six mountain stages with five mountaintop finishes, one time trial and two rest days.

The Tour started in England lost a few big names along the way to Paris. In their absence the race was still competitive, for the Sprinter’s Green and King of the Mountain’s Polka Dot Jerseys. The Yellow Jersey and General Classification was decided early quite early on, with Vincenzo Nibali’s performance in Stage 2 and the withdrawal of both Christopher Froome and Alberto Contador.

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