Just deserts

Stage two, the first mountain stage of the Tour de France, showed just how unpredictable cycling can be. Prior to the race the pundits had Sagan penciled in for victory. Yet a break in the final kilometres put paid to Sagan's reasonable expectation,...

L'Tour, the chaos

The hundredth edition of the Tour de France finally opened this morning. For much of the day everything appeared to be on script. There was an early break, which stayed away, but was always well within catching distance, until it was finally caught...

Lance, the king of self-justification

On the eve of the world's greatest sporting event, Lance Armstrong, self-publicist extraordinaire, declares that it was impossible to win the Tour de France when he was riding without doping. Worse still, Armstrong has the audacity to claim that...

Does he protest too much

As the start of the Tour de France approaches, Chris Froome has issued a vehement denial. He categorically denies ever having taken performance enhancing substances. "It is hard not to get angry because it almost feels the better we do our job the...

The greatest sporting event on earth

The Tour de France is undoubtedly the world's sporting event par excellence. The only challengers to this claim are the Olympics and the World Cup Finals, which, unlike the Tour, are only staged once every four years.   This year's Tour opens on...