The technology. Technology is something that we all love and is a topic to follow -- especially when it comes to professional cycling. In this year's Tour De France, we're going to see a breakthrough in Aerodynamics, from helmets to newly revised frame tubing to brake caliper integration to the newly developed hydraulic brake systems that will really set this year apart from any other. The 2012 Tour de France introduced 11-speed, and just one year later we're now seeing most of the professional peloton racing with a tighter and more efficient 11-speed stack.
Drama drama drama. We've already covered one week of The Tour, and we've seen amazing performances across the peloton with one major crash taking down a number of riders and blocking many others. Outside of the far-too-common bike crashes, you'll be able to enjoy professional athletes taking swings at each other, overly defensive and reactive teams and even the typical swarm of overzealous spectators partaking in the temptations of public intoxication.
The commentary. When we think sports commentary in professional cycling, we think of Phil Ligget, a colorful sports journalist from England who has been the popular voice of the Tour de France since 1967. Ligget is known for his very descriptive and powerful overtones and analogies that make you laugh, think and accept that he's the perfect man for the job. Ligget's words have carried so much weight in the sport that his fans have created the term "Liggettism" to exemplify Ligget's best quotes when describing the most intense moments of Le Tour de France:
"To wear the yellow jersey is to mingle with the gods of cycling"
"Are they on the road to stardom, or are they lambs to the slaughter?"
"He's dancing on his pedals in a most immodest way!"
"There's no reason to rush into hell."
The yellow jersey. The Tour de France has many traditions, and the yellow leader jersey is certainly one of the most famous originals. The yellow leader's jersey was first awarded in 1903 to Maurice Garin of France and has built a reputation. The yellow jersey is awarded on a stage-to-stage basis around total race time and can be taken away as quickly as it was given. Some might say that the yellow jersey puts a target on your back and is not to be "worn lightly," while others might just add that "with great power comes great responsibility."
Drama drama drama. We've already covered one week of The Tour, and we've seen amazing performances across the peloton with one major crash taking down a number of riders and blocking many others. Outside of the far-too-common bike crashes, you">