2013 Tour de France – Miscellany

RIDE Cycling Review #61 features coverage of the 100th Tour de France. In the introduction – ‘Champion of the 100th’ – we state: “Readers of this magazine will know the story of how it all unfolded so the aim with our coverage is a review of the Tour in 2013 with profiles of those men who ended up at the top of the general classification rankings.” Of course, there’s more to the world’s biggest race than the winner and the challengers alone and over the years we’ve never neglected coverage of the Tour de France. The post-Tour editions of 2011 and 2012 featured 77 pages and 49 pages, respectively. And, of course, there are the previews to the race that, for our Australian readers, comes in the form of the Official Tour de France Guide.

But there’s always more to say… or that’s how it can feel at times.


During the course of the 100th Tour de France, RIDE Media published a number of stories relating to the race. The publisher, Rob Arnold, also wrote the live coverage of the race on the Tour’s official site, posting over 178,000 words about the action of the journey from Porto-Vecchio to Paris.

This is the 11th season that RIDE Media has published the Australian edition of the Official Tour de France Guide and the 16th year that coverage of the race has featured in RIDE Cycling Review.

Throughout the course of the Tour in 2013, we uploaded hundreds of posts and photos on our Facebook page and the interaction with readers was enjoyable and helpful; and, to everyone who contributed comments and shared our commentary, a big ‘Thank You!’

Although much has already been written, there are times when further anecdotes emerge… and, with this in mind, the ‘Tour de France Miscellany’ page was created. As well as publishing links about stories that were told during the course of the 100th edition of the Tour, there’ll be times when further commentary and/or interviews are added so that you get as much insight into what was a most interesting competition.

If you have any questions, comments or contributions, please feel free to share them with us. Perhaps you attended the Tour this year, maybe you hosted a Tour party… however you saw it, whatever way you experienced it, there are always more stories to tell. It may be a bike race but it becomes an experience. Tell us how and why you care: send an email, join our commentary on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or just tune in to ridemedia.com.au to find out what we do other than produce lovely magazines about cycling five times per year.


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Here are the links to stories already published about Le Tour 2013 on ridemedia.com.au. Some of the shots in the gallery below have already been published (online and in print) but we’ll continue to add to it and, when necessary, provide the anecdote of the circumstance behind the image. I hope you enjoy the RIDE…

– Rob Arnold



Interviews and commentary of the 100th Tour de France

• Michael Ebeid Interview (SBS’s managing director)

• Simon Clarke Interview (20/06/2013)

• Michael Rogers Interview (27/06/2013)

• Richie Porte Interview (27/06/2013)

Jan Bakelant’s power analysis (30/06/2013)

Timing the climbs at Le Tour… (09/07/2013)

Michael Rogers, stage 13 (12/07/2013)


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Photos from the 100th Tour – by Rob Arnold


A sly grin from a future winner… Chris Froome and Richie Porte in Porto-Vecchio.



Relaxing before the action begins… Chris Froome and Richie Porte.



Friends and team-mates… Chris Froome and Richie Porte.



The 2011 champion, Cadel Evans, speaks to Eurosport before the team presentation of the 2013 Tour.



World champion Philippe Gilbert and the 2012 Tour’s white jersey winner, Tejay van Garderen…


Michael Rogers and Alberto Contador in conversation in 27 June…



The two-time champion, Alberto Contador, waits for the team presentation.


Michael Rogers waiting for the team presentation…


Peter Sagan arrives for the team presentation.


Thinking green… Peter Sagan before stepping on the boat that will take he and his team-mates to the presentation in Porto Vecchio.


Another victory… a day after Simon Gerrans won stage three, he joined his eight mates on the podium to celebrate another stage win (stage 04).


Gerry Ryan congratulates Simon Gerrans after Orica-GreenEdge’s victory in the TTT (stage 04).


Simon Gerrans, the sixth Australian to wear the ‘maillot jaune’ at the Tour de France.


Simon Clarke and Gerry Ryan after the Orica-GreenEdge team’s victory in the TTT (stage 04).


Helge Reipenhoff as he explains the injuries of Tony Martin (before stage four).


Shane Sutton in Nice, an hour before the start of the TTT.


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RIDE Media publishes both the Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition) as well as RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.
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Author: rob@ride

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