July is usually the month of the year that is bookmarked for cycling fans, earmarking 3 weeks of the month for soaking up the finest spectacle in professional cycling. It feels customary for fans of the sport to be drunk from the incomparable euphoria of La Grande Boucle during the month of July as they seek escape in the colourful haze of the professional peloton. However, 2020 marks a new beginning.
Instead we will now turn to September to embrace France’s great race, trading the Mediterranean summer sun for the falling leaves of autumn. Nevertheless, July will always hold a special place in the heart of those who call the sport their home even if a global pandemic is occurring. Whether you’re in dire need of cycling to fill your lockdown July afternoons or you’re in need of some motivation to get yourself back in the saddle, here are 5 fine stages from recent years to help silence the pandemonium of the current climate.
Chris Froome looked to have had the 2017 Tour de France under his thumb even by stage 9, but this épreuve through the Alps showed that you don’t need to finish thousands of metres above sea level to create a thriller for the history books. After an early finish on La Planche des Belles Filles, we gained a sneak peek into who the stronger competitors looked to be coming into the more testing days of the race.