Procycling September 14 - Issue 194

Tour de France - A review of the world’s biggest sporting event

Procycling September 14 - Issue 194

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In Procycling September 14 Issue 194: 
 
Every July, Procycling’s writers are despatched to drive an unremarkable hire car between a string of unmemorable hotels while eating mediocre meals. Their mission? To gaze at unforgettable vistas, experience fleeting, historic sporting events and capture defining moments.  This issue, we gather their correspondence from the cycling front line to bring you a comprehensive review of this year’s Tour de France:
 
• It was sprinter Mark Cavendish’s dream to win the first stage to Harrogate and wear the yellow jersey during the race’s Yorkshire Grand Départ. But was his eagerness to win his undoing?
 
• Giant-Shimano’s Cheng Ji was the first Chinese rider ever to take part in the Tour de France. As he headed towards finishing in Paris dead last, did he feel the pressure of a nation on his shoulders?
 
• Three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond has spent years staying away from the Tour, angered by the sometimes pervasive doping culture. Lured back by a cleaner peloton and a return to fair racing, we follow him as he launches into a new career as TV pundit. 
 
Also this issue, we look ahead to the season’s final grand tour, the Vuelta a Espana, with a stage-by-stage preview and full route analysis.