Posts Tagged ‘tdf’

Le Coq Sportif and the Leader’s jersey.

October 23, 2011

2012 marks the return of Le coq sportif to the roads of the Tour de France. Next summer to celebrate its 130th anniversary, the brand will be supplying all the leaders jerseys- the yellow jersey, green jersey, the polka dot jersey and white jersey.

More than just a partnership, it is also a choice of the heart, evidence that confirms the commitment of Le coq sportif to cycling yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The 2012 yellow jersey is a subtle blend of authenticity and modernity. It incorporates clean lines, fitted sleeves above the elbow, and a flat sewn collar that mirrors the jersey produced by Le coq sportif for the Tour in 1951. The positioning of the logo is directly inspired by the jersey of the Tour 1972, won for the fourth consecutive year by Eddy Merckx

Looking good guys, Bring on 2012!

Sean Kelly. Crushing. Tour de France 1982.

September 11, 2011

Seen.

The Galibier.

July 21, 2011

The tour goes up it today and I’ll be watching on TV. I’m looking for faces of death, the gurning, the pain and the suffering… The same face contortions of pain and suffering that I encountered myself in 2010.

Late last year I travelled out to this region on what was our annual alpine adventure with my ‘boys’ Joe Hall, Kieran Young, Hardysan Mason and Army Armstrong. We had a fuc**ing blast out there and for a week and it was truly awesome.

Our final climb, the Galibier, ruined me. I was smashed… but I tell you this, it was worth every moment of suffering to reach the summit. Read my account again right here in ‘Notes from the Galibier’.

Best of luck to our boys in the TdF today and Cavendish, god speed. Hang on in there son.

Manufacturer’s TdF Challenge.

July 20, 2011

The ‘Manufacturer’s Challenge’ is a stage-by-stage race within the race, celebrating the equipment and its respective technologies. Of course the riders make it exciting, but its the bikes that have truly evolved, and the bikes are what we all can have in common with the world’s best riders. The respective groupsets gather points based on daily race results of the top 20 riders throughout, 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th. Sprinting, climbing, time trials, all factor in over the complete three weeks of the world’s largest Grand Tour.

Standings up until and including yesterday’s stage, stage 16 of the 2011 TdF.

Campagnolo: 785
Shimano: 1406
SRAM: 1074

Ooof! Sram sponsor the most teams this year with 9, Shimano have 7 and Campagnolo have 6 so make up your own mind on which manufacturer you think is taking the biggest spanking.

Sram road diaries.

Black tour bikes.

July 17, 2011

My love for the blacked out racing bike continues.
via.

The Alpe.

July 17, 2011

The anticipation!

The Beast.

July 5, 2011

Driven.

June 22, 2011

Brilliant. 100% gunning for Team leopard. Bring on the Tour!

Le Coq Sportif. La Returne.

June 16, 2011


Image: Presse photos.

Le Coq Sportif recently announced that they will in 2012 become the official supplier and sponsor of the Tour de France. Le Coq have a solid 40 year history with cycling and Le Tour so it is very much like a long lost brother returning home to his family.

It’ll be great to see the Coq adorning the maillot jaune again and I might also add at this point that the jerseys will be manufactured in, well, in France of course!

More info as it comes.

Raleigh train.

June 6, 2011

Found this image chilling on my desktop… what an awesome shot!

Pro Bikes.

March 21, 2011

A pal alerted me to this great ( but way too short ) article on pros and their bikes and the fact that things are not always as they seem…

These days it’s possible to have a better bike than the pros. It’ll cost you but an amateur is free to chose what ever they want, from an artisan frame right down to marginal gains like titanium bolts and ceramic bearings. The UCI rules impose a minimum weight of 6.8kg, something that can be beaten quite easily these days, especially with smaller sized frames. It’s got to the point where some bike companies make a virtue of having to add back weight as a way of broadcasting just how light their bikes are…

Reading the comments it says: Boonen raced the ’06 TdF on a steel Pegoretti (and won the green jersey, too) with Specialized stickers. Now I don’t know about the accuracy of that statement but It would be interesting to see a modern pro racing a steel frame… I wonder what they’d make of it.

Read the rest at the inner ring.

Fignon Flickr Grips.

January 17, 2011

Dang! Fignon’s Raleigh/Super-U TT bike is an absolute stunner.

Seen at Numerius’ photostream./

87. TdF Team time trial.

January 10, 2011

Pour un Maillot Jaune.

November 25, 2010

A cinematic tribute to the Tour by Oscar winning director Claude Lelouch.

This wonderful film of the 1965 Tour brings the hunt for the Yellow Jersey alive. Made three years after Louis Malle’s vintage “Vive Le Tour”, Lelouch’s film was made with the big screen in mind and is more cinematic in its scale than Malle’s. Without the restriction of narration, Lelouch lets the beautiful images of the Tour tell the story, which he sets against a brilliant and quite absorbing soundtrack.

There is no speech, no commentary and the quality could be better, however the three parts to this movie ‘For a Yellow jersey’ are an absolute must see.

Cavendish for Nike.

November 23, 2010

Le Coq Sportif and the Maillot Jaune.

September 24, 2010

The above shot of Eddy Merckx with his wave of trailing riders is incredible.

Le Coq Sportif.

1989.

August 23, 2010

Gotta’ love American commentary!

Wine.

August 3, 2010

Quite possibly the best wine label in the world.

Roche 87.

July 29, 2010

James Straffon does Coppi.

July 29, 2010

Via.


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