Australia’s favourite cycling magazine, the Official Tour de France Guide, will be available in newsagents around the country from 14 June 2021. (Pre-ordered copies were dispatched from Sydney on Monday 7 June.)
It is with great pleasure that we can reveal the cover for the Official Tour de France Guide (2021 Australian edition). The main image features Caleb Ewan winning stage three of Le Tour 2020, with the insets showing the route for Le Tour 2021 (26 June – 18 July) and last year’s winner and runner-up, Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic.
At 196 pages, complete with a giant pull-out poster with a detailed map of the race route for 2021, there is 623 grams of cycling goodness coming your way.
As you’ve come to expect, this is your ideal TV viewing companion for the race that captures the imagination of sport fans everywhere. SBS TV will be broadcasting the race live again in 2021 (see programming schedule here).
The ‘Tour Guide’ features detailed maps, profiles, and analysis of all the 21 stages – from the Grand Départ in Brest, to the finish three weeks later in Paris.
Find out all you need to know about the 3,413.9km itinerary that takes riders from Brittany in the far west of France, across the country towards the Alps before a southerly dip via a double ascent of Mont Ventoux in stage 11, and onwards to the Pyrenees and five days of tough racing in the mountains. After the second massif, the peloton aims in a northerly direction on the final Friday before a second time trial showdown on the eve of the finish.
You’ll also find two pages of information and imagery of all the 23 teams that will line up for the 108th edition of the Tour de France, with expert insights from two-time Tour champion Bernard Thévenét.
We provide full listings of the complete roster of the 23 teams that will contest the Tour in 2021 and highlight the riders who have recently completed the Giro d’Italia. There is a short list of riders in contention for TDF selection for most of the teams, although the exact details of the eight riders per team won’t be known until days before the race begins on the final Saturday of June.
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Distribution is underway
Pre-ordered magazines were lodged directly with Australia by our printers in the Sydney suburb of Silverwater on Monday morning 7 June. (Please note, RIDE Media is responsible for publishing and distributing the Tour Guide, but we do no personally deliver the magazine, rather we rely on our national carrier to get yours into the mailbox.)
Of course, we value your orders and every effort is made to get the magazine delivered as soon as possible. It is our hope that pre-ordered copies arrive before the Tour Guide appears in newsagents early next week (officially 14 June, but as Monday is a public holiday it may be available from 15 June in some agents).
The Tour Guide is a big production managed by a small team in Sydney in collaboration with contributors around the world. This is the only official preview of the race available in Australia (and New Zealand), as part of a partnership with the race organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), and French sporting newspaper, L’Equipe.
RIDE Media is an independently-owned publishing company that has produced the Australian edition of the Official Tour de France Guide since 2003.
To all our regular readers, thank you for supporting a small business and for all the encouragement issued during the production period. In the coming weeks, we will resume with regular online posts – via ridemedia.com.au as well as our various social media channels.
We hope you get your copy of the Official Tour de France Guide soon and enjoy the read.
– By Rob Arnold
Publisher, RIDE Media
*NOTE: There is a limited number of copies that you can order directly from RIDE Media but, now that the bulk postal lodgement has been fulfilled, postage costs of $10 will apply.