I love this time of year as it is Tour de France time. It is almost here. I have blogged in previous years about the Tour. Last week I purchased the official guide so have read up on all the necessary information.
Teams are gradually finalising the members for the actual race and I am happy that Jens Voigt has been selected by Trek Factory Cycling to participate in his 17th Tour de France. He was so keen to participate this year as it means he equals the record for the most tours. O’Grady and Hincappie being the only others who have ridden 17th Tours.
I am looking forward to watching all the Australian riders particularly the Australians in the Orica GreenEdge Team. I think this year sees a large contingent of Australian cyclists on various teams. Another rider I watch with interest is Michael Rogers, I taught him when he was a high school student. He is on Alberto Contador’s team.
There are 32 Australians who ride on professional cycling teams but not all of those will be competing in the Tour. Cadel Evans for example decided to concentrate on the Giro D’Italia this year rather than the Tour.
One of the bloggers I follow lives in Yorkshire and she is eagerly awaiting the start of the Tour. Having spent some time in Yorkshire on our last holiday in the UK I am looking forward to seeing if I recognise any of the countryside. This year the first three stages will be held in the UK. before moving across the Channel to Europe.
I love the Tour and all that goes with it. It is even more enjoyable these days as there are various tweets to follow as well as Instagram. What with the SBS Tour Tracker on my phone I am in 7th heaven. I might even manage to get some knitting done.