J’adore le Tour de France!

17 07 2008

I have been loving le Tour de France this year.

Cycling is a hard sport to get into:

  • It has complex scoring and strategies,
  • It is long and, at times, uneventful,
  • It is dominated by Europeans with hard to pronounce names, and
  • It is on late at night.

But the much anticipated success of Aussie Cadel Evans of the Silence Lotto team, combined with the fact that I am now riding to work on a semi-regular basis, means that I am now keen enough on the sport to overcome these minor hurdles.

I have fallen asleep on the couch a couple of nights this week (much to Adri’s disappointment) and I am now talking enthusiastically with friends and colleagues about what has happened in the previous nights racing.

If you are not into cycling, I still recommend you give le Tour a crack for the following reasons:

  1. To expand your French vocabulary – how else will you learn words like maillot jaune, tete de la course, peleton and hors categorie?
  2. To pick up a few tasty French recipes from Gabriel Gaté in his “Taste le Tour” segment.
  3. To cheer on Cadel Evans! He is only the 5th Aussie to wear the maillot jaune in le Tour and he has a great chance of being the first ever Aussie to win the general classification. It is your patriotic duty to get behind him.

If you want to get into it, but you’re not sure where to start, check out the SBS Tour website. It is packed with cool videos and previews of the stages. Very informative.

Are you a fan of le Tour? What is your favourite aspect?