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Bespoke: A Guide To Cycle-Speak And Saddle Slang

As a linguist and a cyclist, the language of cycling has always been of interest. If you know even a little French or Italian or Spanish – the main languages of the Grand Tours – it certainly helps when trying to understand what’s going on. Indeed such is the influence of these languages that the Tour de Yorkshire – my local race here in northern England, a legacy event following the visit of the Tour de France to the region in 2014 – not only includes the ‘de’ in its name but continues to refer to its more significant climbs using the French word ‘c么te’ or ‘hill’ in honour of Le Tour itself. They can sound quite comical – the C么te de Goose Eye or the C么te de Otley Chevin for example – and it must drive the Brexit voters mad that their ‘pure’ English is being ‘corrupted’ by the French. But let’s face it, that all started way back in 1066 (and long may it continue).

A Look Back At The Last Five Winners Of The Giro d’Italia

Usually the first of the three Grand Tours, the 2020 Giro d鈥橧talia gets underway this month after being rescheduled amidst the coronavirus pandemic. While the startlist is still yet to be confirmed, we do know that last year鈥檚 winner Richard Carapaz won鈥檛 be defending his title, as the Ineos Grenadiers鈥 cyclist rode at the recent Tour de France and instead, the British team will be pinning their hopes on Geraint Thomas.

Le Grand Tour: Day 41 – Chateauneuf-Du-Pape To Mont茅limar (93km)

Today has seen some of the best cycling of the trip so far. I had, in my mind, relegated the Via Rh么na to a fill-the-gap route that I would have to endure in order to get me from the Mediterranean to the Alps. If today鈥檚 cycling is anything to go by, it鈥檚 no fill-the-gap route. Far from it鈥 There is real geographical drama in the Rh么ne valley and I can only see that increasing. I (almost) feel sorry for the hoards of touring cyclists passing me heading south to that roundabout in S猫te which has about as much geographical drama as your granny鈥檚 pond. I鈥檓 heading to the Alps and the drama can only intensify the further north and east I travel. After the relative disappointment of the Canal du Midi, I have embraced – and am loving – the Via Rh么na after just two days. Mont茅limar? Mmm鈥 Keep reading.

Le Grand Tour: Day 32 – Bordeaux To La R茅ole (80km)

There鈥檚 no mistaking that I have now arrived in the south of France. Not only has it been hot (in fairness, it鈥檚 not been in the least but cold since Brittany) but there have been a long list of things that tick the Southern Europe boxes; lavender, a lizard, terracotta roofs, parched fields of crops, hilltop villages, towns that shut down in the heat of the day鈥 No cicadas yet but they will come in the next week I imagine.