French rider Andre Darrigade collides with sécrétaire-général of the stadium Constant Wouters during the final stage of the 1958 Tour de France.

French rider Andre Darrigade collides with sécrétaire-général of the stadium Constant Wouters during the final stage of the 1958 Tour de France.

Slaying the Badger- Becoming “The Badger”

Footage from the ESPN documentary profiling the rivalry between Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond during the 1986 Tour de France. 

Fans provide support for Louison Bobet during the third stage of the 1953 Tour de France from Béziers-step Nîmes. He would go on to take the maillot jaune four days later. Photograph from L’Equipe and found on Le Parisien. 

Fans provide support for Louison Bobet during the third stage of the 1953 Tour de France from Béziers-step Nîmes. He would go on to take the maillot jaune four days later. Photograph from L’Equipe and found on Le Parisien

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.