Rouleur Conversations - the first week of the Tour and Lizzy Banks on La Course

Some fine racing in the opening week of the Tour de France for our panel to mull over. Ineos Grenadiers looking less than convincing, Jumbo bossing it, Caleb Ewan on fire. Fingers crossed we will get to Paris for a grand finale. A Rouleur quartet of Andy McGrath, Ian Cleverly, Maria David and Stuart Clapp join Ian Parkinson for a Tour chinwag.

 

Lizzy Banks was a revelation at the GP Plouay, finishing second to an imperious Lizzie Deignan. She’s been a guest on our podcast before, because she’s a great talker as well as a brilliant bike rider. The Équipe Paule Ka rider enjoyed La Course immensely, is improving her racecraft to go alongside the strong legs, and will be in action at the Giro Donne imminently. 

 

Rouleur contributor Maria David has been following Donnons des Elles au Velo, a group of riders who ride the Tour de France route one day ahead of the men to campaign for a women’s race of equal standing to the men’s. Now in its sixth year, it seems ASO and Christian Prudhomme are finally listening to their fine efforts. Finally!   

 

Desire Editor Stu has broken arms. Yes, that’s right. Both of them. A bike riding incident, you’d think? No, but there were wheels involved. Don’t do this at home, kids.  


 

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