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Tweet the Tour-2014

The 101st Tour de France just completed it’s 8th Stage with a jam packed series of races in the upper regions of the French countryside known as the “Hell of the North.” Rain soaked roads, cobblestones and a few crashes have added to the drama as the sprinters battle it out and the fresh blood of the teams try for stage victories. There have been a few causalities along the way including top sprinter Mark Cavendish (Team OPQS) and last years winner British Rider Chris Froome (Team Sky) both abandoning due to injuries.

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While that other world sporting event is coming to a close
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Le Tour is just heating up with the general classification of riders set to take off and battle it out for the yellow jersey and eventually the overall tour win.

Le Tour has a tradition of starting the race outside of France with outside cities bidding to host the event. This year race organizes picked England for the first three stages, starting in Yorkshire and ending in London. The reasoning was the recent success of British riders and to be able to compete with the viewers of the World Cup, knowing the UK would draw huge numbers of fans…and they were right,

Here is a video from the Grand Depart (first stage 7/5/14) highlighting the start.
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(Due to embedding restrictions-view it here.

Of course real Yorkshire folk say the best way to ride the tour is to trade in those fancy clipless pedals, for clogs:

Following along with a sporting event of this magnitude can be daunting and also a bit boring, I mean not everyone has time to watch hundreds miles of live race coverage or wants to.

For a couple of years now I found it really fascinating to follow along the race using the social media, twitter. It’s an amazing way of combining news articles and sports updates with personal accounts of riders, fans and just about anyone else following along. It’s this great mash-up of information that adds all kinds of dimensions to the scope of an event like this.

For those interested in playing along, the official twitter feed for the Tour is @letour. I use the hastag #TDF and constantly type that into my search.

You can also make your own lists of individual twitter accounts you want to follow and go directly to those list. I made my own Tour de France and added in as many of the teams and riders that I could find.

I’ve included a cheat sheet of all of the 22 teams and 198 riders along with general managers. There is also some basic information about each team along with some fun facts.

Enjoy:
July 5th-27th
22 teams
9 riders per team for 198 participants 

21stages
Tour Director: Thierry Gouvenou

Coverage:

ITV cycling @itvcycling

Reporter: Chris Boardman @Chris_Boardman
Road CC: @Roadcc
Podium Insight: @podiuminsight

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Right after the announcement of the course for the 100th Tour de France, here is some minimalist artwork…

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Here is a piece from Bradley [...]

Bikeportland: Story on Women riding the Tour De France route

Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor, here is a story from Bikeportland.org about a group of women cyclists (3 from Portland, Oregon) taking on the challenge of riding the same course of this years Tour de France.

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The [...]

Le Tour Versus coverage and contest

The Versus sports network is your US source for non stop 2011 Tour de France coverage.

They are having a contest where you can enter to win daily prizes and also have a chance to win a Cannondale Synapse.

See: Defining Moment Contest.

Also- on the VERSUS Cycling Facebook page is [...]

Tomorrow is Bastille Day

Tomorrow is Bastille Day. Everyone should be watching stage 10 of the Tour de France. Special shout out to all the french riders…like Sandy Casar who won today in stage 9, Christophe Moreau, Jérôme Pineau and John Gadret.

Some insight to today’s stage in the Alps from the NY Time’s tour corespondent, Juliet Macur.

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Great Tour Recap from Chris Horner

Team RadioShack’s Chris Horner, from Bend Oregon, is keeping a diary of the events in Le Tour. Read more Here.