The Tour de France has now been on for over a week, but the really hard part starts now. Most (French speaking) fans buy l’Equipe, which has always great coverage. The online version is ok, but not fantastic. Which makes sense, since they want you to buy the paper version.
But the online coverage elsewhere is great, and here are my daily sources of information:
- Cycling Tips Blog : for the always gorgeous pictures, mainly.
- The Inner Ring: for the best background information, analysis and insider information on the controversies surrounding the stage of the day (he also offers a well-done Tour de France guide).
- Hardly Serious with Jens Voigt: for a no-bullshit and very funny inside view from the Leopard Trek rider, with daily posts during the Tour.
- Pave: for the daily wrap-up and the links to some of the most interesting articles of the day elsewhere on the web.
- Shifting Gear: for the coverage by Klaus (the Germano-Columbian behind Cycling Inquisition) again, funny and insightful.
- Le Tour de France avec BikeSnobNYC: Very funny and really enjoyable. Actually often a lot better than his normal blogging. Somewhat US-centric though.
- The Science of Sport: for those keen on a blog with (quality and balanced) scientific coverage of the Tour.
In French, I never miss the article in the daily Libération by Jean-Louis Le Touzet, who always has an alternative take on things. Despite being a total cynic, and sometimes a total idiot, he has interesting things to say. The article of the day is behind a pay-wall, but the ones from previous days are available for free. Le Monde also has interesting articles, but very doping-centric, which is tiresome.
For the live feeds, that is normally country specific. I use the Belgian french-speaking public broadcaster RTBF or just go to my office’s “common room”, to watch the finale on our big-screen TV, together with a multicultural set of cycling fans.