Stats Du Tour

Every number tells a story 5,745km Longest route (1926) 2,428km Shortest route (1903) 25 Most stages. And one prologue (1987) 8 Most split stages, including three triple splits (1937) 84% Highest attrition rate (11 finishers from 69 starters in 1919) 9 Most uphill finishes (2015) 7 Most time-trials, for 342km (1989) 36km Fewest time-trial kilometres […]

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Interview Patrick Leigh Fermor

Paradise found – The tale of Mani’s most famous resident Born in London in 1915, Patrick Leigh Fermor was 18 when he set out to walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. He arrived two years later, and proceeded to travel around Greece and the Balkans, where he shacked up with a Romanian princess […]

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Parlee Altum Disc Review

The rider’s ride. Parlee made a name for itself building bespoke carbon fibre frames in the US when few other brands had even heard of the black stuff. Those bikes still exist today as the cream of Parlee’s crop, but in recent years it has branched into stock models, subcontracted to the Far East, to […]

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Interview Yiannis Avrameas

Each hairpin offers views over glistening waters, and my nostrils fill with the bouquet of sage and oregano. Richard explained the road we were on was built to service the towns above it, and later another road was added along the coast to circumvent the need to wind through the mountainside to reach the peninsula’s […]

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Litelok Gold Review

Litelok Gold – Gold! – always believe in your soul. You’ve got the power to know, you’re (almost) indestructible. Always believe in, because you are Sold Secure Gold. That’s our tribute to this top security-rated bike lock, which its makers claim ‘can withstand over five minutes of sustained attack from common theft tools’, or the […]

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Vulpine Extrafine Merino Padded Boxers Review

Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to ride your bike, but you didn’t want to wear Lycra bibs, and plain old pants under jeans was just not going to cut it? Us neither, but when that time comes – and it will – you’ll wish you had a pair of merino boxer […]

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Silca Seat Roll Premio Review

It might look a like a cyber-goth’s answer to a home blood pressure monitor, but the Silca Seat Roll is a delight of a saddle bag (well, saddle-mounted tool roll) that secures itself beneath your seat using none other than a Boa dial and the joy of great design. Waxed canvas with reflective stitching, it’ll […]

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Elite Fly Team Bottle Review

When Peter Sagan loses his locks on 21st July (after the joker in polka, Rafa Majka, shaves his head at a post-Tour party), he stands to lose 57g in weight, or gain 0.01kmh when riding at 350W on a perfectly still day. Or, he could keep his hair and drop nearly the same weight by […]

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Ass Savers Review

Quite apart from being an international superhero organisation obsessed with donkeys in peril, Ass Savers is a Swedish-born company that all but invented the lightweight saddle mudguard in 2014. The idea is unchanged – simply bend into shape then clip onto saddle rails – but it has now been refined to fit carbon-railed saddles and […]

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New 765 HM Review

With the 765 HM, we have created a lightweight and endurance bicycle. We chose High Modulus carbon fiber (HM) to make the bicycle lightweight (7kg) the headset elevated to raise the cockpit for a more comfortable riding position.and ideal for long rides thanks to its new geometry; the top tube is shorter, and the headset […]

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