The waterboys in action…

The waterboys in action…

Dutch rider Jan Nolten in a mountain stage of the Tour de France 

Dutch rider Jan Nolten in a mountain stage of the Tour de France 

Tom Simpson from Rouleur’s look at  the top 10 riders who never won a tour stage. Simpson was British cycling’s first international star. But while he won several Classics and wore the yellow jersey in 1962, he narrowly missed out on stage glory before his tragic death on Ventoux.

Tom Simpson from Rouleur’s look at  the top 10 riders who never won a tour stage. Simpson was British cycling’s first international star. But while he won several Classics and wore the yellow jersey in 1962, he narrowly missed out on stage glory before his tragic death on Ventoux.

Coolling off…from Casquetteurs

Coolling off…from Casquetteurs

French rider Raymond Poulidor, far left, kept pace with Spain’s Federico Bahamontes, second from left, through the mountains in 1963. Bahamontes won the mountain classification, but finished second overall. The photo is one of a mountain stage photos from the Tour de France on ESPN.

French rider Raymond Poulidor, far left, kept pace with Spain’s Federico Bahamontes, second from left, through the mountains in 1963. Bahamontes won the mountain classification, but finished second overall. The photo is one of a mountain stage photos from the Tour de France on ESPN.

Greg LeMond during the 1984 edition of the Tour de France. Photo from Offside Sports, thanks to Rouleur for the heads up.

Greg LeMond during the 1984 edition of the Tour de France. Photo from Offside Sports, thanks to Rouleur for the heads up.

Rouleur have a fascinating story on Circuit Cycliste des Champs de Bataille which saw cyclists ride a route that followed some of the major battlefields of World War I in 1919. A gripping tale of human endurance with an accompanying illustration from Tom Jay seen above. 

Rouleur have a fascinating story on Circuit Cycliste des Champs de Bataille which saw cyclists ride a route that followed some of the major battlefields of World War I in 1919. A gripping tale of human endurance with an accompanying illustration from Tom Jay seen above. 

Bernard Hinault and Hennie Kuiper during the 1979 edition of Paris-Roubaix from the latter’s Flickr stream. The Tour de France hits the cobbles tomorrow which could put a cat among the pigeons.

Bernard Hinault and Hennie Kuiper during the 1979 edition of Paris-Roubaix from the latter’s Flickr stream. The Tour de France hits the cobbles tomorrow which could put a cat among the pigeons.

Which way officer? From the Metropolitan Police Authority collection

Which way officer? From the Metropolitan Police Authority collection

Régis Ovion (1975 French National Road Race Champion) followed here by Bernard Thévenet in the maillot jaune at the 1975 Tour de France. Thevenet won this edition of the Tour and went on to win again in 1977. The picture comes from Stronglight’s Flickr stream.

Régis Ovion (1975 French National Road Race Champion) followed here by Bernard Thévenet in the maillot jaune at the 1975 Tour de France. Thevenet won this edition of the Tour and went on to win again in 1977. The picture comes from Stronglight’s Flickr stream.