The 2004 Tour de France is over. Complete. Fini. I miss it and I look forward to next year's Tour. In the meantime, I'll point you to some better writers than I who can more interestingly fill you in on some cool stuff:
- Christian Vande Velde is an American cyclist who rides for a European team and he authors a Rider's Diary at VeloNews's website. Go to the diaries page to read all of the diaries, but select an entry by Vande Velde to read a more raw description of life in the peloton.
- VeloNews also contains a section called Tour Tech. Yes, it's heavy on "tech," but there are some questions answered that are less-technical, including why the yellow jersey presented on the podium zips up the back while the yellow jersey worn during the race zips up the front.
- Don't miss the entertaining prose of Crazy Jane's Le Tour Delicieux (that's "The Delicious Tour" for those of you who don't speak French.) She knows her stuff - about handsome men in lycra as well as the entire sport of road cycling.
- Nobody makes you feel like you're at the Tour while sitting at your computer more than Graham Watson. His stunning photography shows us the peloton streaking through fields of sunflowers and grimacing over the mountains. The photos of stage 20 include Chechu Rubiera riding with his champagne glass between his teeth and Floyd Landis lying flat on his back after attempting to pull a wheelie.