Spoke.ie header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Tour de France'

Pantani – The accidental death of a cyclist

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Marco Pantani fell spectacularly from grace.  Winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, Pantani should be remembered as one of the greats yet his expulsion from the 1999 Giro (when in the lead and for a high haematocrit level) was to dog him for the remainder of his career.  Pantani [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Movie trailer – The Armstrong lie

October 9th, 2013 · No Comments

In 2009 American award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling.  As the doping scandal erupted the project was shelved but post the USADA verdict he returned to it with a new critical eye. The Armstrong Lie picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Dan Martin’s Tour de France stage victory video

September 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is a great video from Team Garmin-Sharp on the story of Dan Martin’s Stage 9 victory at this years Tour de France. The story of Team Garmin-Sharp’s 2013 Stage 9 Tour de France win from Humans Invent on Vimeo.

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Shimano stats from the Tour de France

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Shimano have released this rather snazzy info-graphic on the stats for their sponsored riders in the Tour de France.

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tech · Tour de France

Shimano launches R320 road shoe

June 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Shimano have released details of their new high end road shoe.  Several Tour de France riders will be riding these including Edvald Boassen Hagen, Ryder Hesjedahl and Robert Gesink. SHIMANO LAUNCHES A LIMITED EDITION R320 SHOE DURING TOUR DE FRANCE Tomorrow the Tour de France will start in Corsica with a special color. Not yellow, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tech · Tour de France

Nico roche selected for the Saxo-Tinkoff Tour de France squad

June 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Irish rider Nicolas Roche lines out in this years 100th edition of the Tour de France as a super-domestique for Alberto Contador. While Roche’s role will most likely be to protect the leader

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Greg LeMond in conversation with Shane Stokes

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Three time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond will be in Limerick next month for the Get Back challenge charity ride and while here will take part in an interview with cycling journalist Shane Stokes  in the Lime Tree theater on June 14th.  Not to be missed this is a great opportunity to find out what makes [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

United States v. Lance Armstrong

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Well it was only a matter of time… The Federal government has joined Floyd Landis’ case against Lance Armstrong which also interestingly includes Tailwind Sports (which owned and operated the U.S. Postal Service cycling team) and Johan Bruyneel. US Postal was sponsored for a total of US$40 million between 1998 and 2004 and the case [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Rough Rider promo

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Former professional cyclist turned award winning journalist Paul Kimmage is the subject of a new film project which will examine the 100th edition of the Tour de France this summer.  Kimmage has competed in the race and his now infamous book A rough ride (if you have been hiding under a stone get this book [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Tour heads for its 100th edition

February 28th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s still months away but the 100th edition of the Tour de France is already on our mind.  Can’t wait!

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

The Secret Race – Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Tyler Hamilton’s tell all book about cycling in the 90′s and early Noughties has been out for a while now and gives a fascinating insight into life in the Armstrong era and beyond with insider info on the US Postal setup in particular.  It is a powerful account but before I get into the book [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Reviews · Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour de France 2013 route announced

October 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Amid the growing controversy over Lance Armstrong the route for the 100th edition of the Tour de France was released yesterday in Paris.  Featuring two individual timetrials, a team time trial and four mountain top finishes that include the mighty Ventoux and a day on Alpe d’Huez that sees the riders face the climb twice [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Armstrong evidence presented by USADA

October 15th, 2012 · No Comments

The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has released a two hundred page report detailing its case against Lance Armstrong to the UCI.  Inside is a shocking detailed description of a highly organised doping programme run throughout the USPS/Discovery channel team of Armstrong throughout his entire 7 Tour de France victories. Eleven former teammates of [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Tour de France

Frank Schleck tests positive at the Tour, withdraws

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Radioshack-Nissan rider Frank Schleck has tested positive for banned diuretic Xipamide in an in competition test conducted during the Tour de France on the 14th of July.  As a direct result the rider has been withdrawn from the race by his team.  He now has to decide whether to contest the charge.  Frank Schleck finished [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Stage 11 of the Tour offers real GC test

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Today the Tour riders face a tough challenge up over 2 hors categorie climbs in the Alps, including the fearsome Col de la Madeleine and the col de la Croix de Fer, both over 2000 metres.  In fact the stage covers over 5000 metres of vertical climbing, finishing on the category 1 La Toussuire. Team [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Tour de France · Video

Team Sky blow the Tour de France apart

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments

On the slopes of the first proper mountain, La Planche des Belles Filles, Team Sky showed their strength in a dominant performance that garnered both the stage win, polkadot climbers jersey and the yellow jersey.

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Viva le Tour! Prologue-Stage 2 summary

July 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

And we’re off….  Fireworks already at the 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the race as GC favourites have already stuck their noses out in moves reminiscent of the hard and fast dualing that marked last years race. The prologue saw an ominous performance from bookies favourite Bradley Wiggins as he rode to [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Armstrong under investigation by USADA, implications for Radioshack

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong has again found himself the subject of controversy following the filling of charges, against him and five other named individuals from the US Postal/Astana/Radioshack setup that Armstrong was a part of, by the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA).  The charges also have implications for Armstrong’s former team Radioshack and the teams directeur sportif, Johan [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Andy Schleck forced to withdraw from Tour de France selection

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Yesterday was a tumultuous day for the Radioshack-Nissan organisation as first their star rider was ruled out of the Tour de France and then news came of charges being levelled at 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and five additional people associated with the US Postal squad of Armstrong. Schleck had abandoned the Critérium [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Wiggins wins Dauphine with ominous team performance

June 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Multiple Olympic Gold medalist Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine for the second time with a commanding performance that places him right among the favourites for this years Tour de France, now under three weeks away.  What was doubly impressive though was the strength of his Team Sky squad which finished with four riders inside [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Stephen Roche set for Irish Cycling Show appearance

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments

25 years since winning the triple crown of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Road World Championships Stephen Roche will be attending the two days of the Irish Cycling Show.  This is an unparalleled opportunity to getup close and personal with one of Ireland’s greatest ever cyclists and not to be missed! Among the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: General commentary · Tour de France · World Champs

Contador banned!

February 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Alberto Contador received a two year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday following an appeal from the UCI and WADA over the Spanish cycling authorities sanction of the rider for a positive test for clenbuterol.

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Gift guide – Nicolas Roche autobiography

December 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Stuck for a last minute Christmas gift for the cyclist in your life?  Look no further. Inside the Peloton is a no holds bared window into the life of a professional cyclist.  Roche has been riding and racing at the highest level for a number of years now and has been simultaneously working out his [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Leopard-Trek and Radioshack merge! UPDATED

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Two of the major Pro-Tour squads have announced that they will merge next season to become Radioshack-Nissan-Trek Professional cycling Team.  Speculation in the last few weeks had suggested that Leopard-Trek would be absorbed into Radioshack and it appears that this is what is happening with the exception of the teams home base and license.  Team [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour de France videos

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Here are a selection of videos produced by bike companies associated with the Tour de France.  First up the amazing story of Laurens Ten Dam who crashed horribly during the Tour but made it to Paris…

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Cadel Evans TTs into yellow

July 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Cadel Evans will ride into Paris today (all going well) in yellow ahead of the biggest win of his career in arguably the best Tour de France in years.  It was always going to come down to the final timetrial but many of the GC favourites tried their best to turn the tables on the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour enters final few days with all jerseys on a knife edge.

July 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

As the most exciting Tour in years enters it’s final three days, all the jerseys are within play with very small gaps between all the top contenders in each category.  Yesterday Andy Schleck finally answered his critics by blowing the peloton apart following a very early attack on the Col d’Izoard with over sixty kilometres [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Test – Fox F29 2012 fork

July 19th, 2011 · No Comments

With product becoming available earlier and earlier every year we can bring you a first test of the Fox F-29 2012 fork. While this is a 29er specific fork there is very little difference between the F-29 and the standard 26 inch fork. Having spent the previous six months on the 2011 F-29 we were [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech · Tour de France · Uncategorized

Tour de France re-cap approaching half way

July 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Ten stages in and it’s time to catch up.  Lots of action, lots of crashes and unfortunately lots of GC contenders out of the race.  Oh and as Eurosport put it – “hang on isn’t that Cadel Evans?”… Stage 4: Lorient – Mûr-de-Bretagne 172km (July 5)

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

TV car takes out riders at the Tour

July 11th, 2011 · No Comments

For those that haven’t seen it here is the video of the crash at the Tour de France involving a French TV car and riders Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Procycling).  The driver has since (unsurprisingly) been thrown off the Tour.  Both riders managed to finish with Hoogerland collecting the polka dot [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video