We’re gearing up, we’re getting ready: the professional peloton of riders is working to hit peak form for the annual Tour de France! From Saturday July 7 to 29 all cycling addicts will be glued to their screens, or even visiting the Tour themselves. Here is a small taste of the social media buzz.

Le Tour is coming!

Remember the name: Alaphilippe

Julien Alaphilippe won the June 2018 Flèche Wallonne (Waalse Pijl) in style, beating veteran hard man Alejandro Valverde in an excruciating uphill sprint—as the photo in his tweet shows. A lot of observers expect the French rider from this year’s hugely successful Belgian Quickstep Floors squad to impress in the Tour de France 2018. So do we.

 

Les Petit Cyclistes

Recreate each Tour stage in your bedroom at home! Well, maybe not, but these model metal miniature cyclists are certainly fun gadgets for all Tour fans to have. Les Petits Cyclistes are not super-cheap (around €15 each) but, hey, they’re really cool.

Le Countdown

4 weeks? Three, two, one, Tour! Will Froome ride in yellow again this year? Will he ride at all? All will be revealed in the days to come…

Primoz looking primed

The GC candidate for Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic, is looking good going into this year’s Tour. Roglic won the first Tour de France stage ever for the Dutch team in 2017, and seems to be hitting top form just in time for La Grande Boucle. He won the 2018 edition of the 5-day Tour of Slovenia in June. For those who don’t know about Roglic already, he was an excellent ski jumper, becoming the Junior World Champion in 2007. He was forced to end his career after a very heavy crash in 2011, aged 22. While recovering, he discovered cycling and he turned pro in 2013. He is good in the mountains, but also a serious time trialist. Last year he came second in the UCI Road World Championships time trial, behind Dutchman and World Champion Tom Dumoulin but in front of Team Sky’s Chris Froome.

Tour towns preparing…

La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendée is getting ready to host a stage of Le Tour, which last visited the town in 1938. The finish line at the end of the second stage (182.5 kms, flat) will be in the town centre, and this looks to us like a perfect spot for Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen to bag another TdF stage victory.

Sky in the Alps

Sometimes jokingly referred to as the “Skybots” due to their apparently automatic and mechanical strength during races, the riders for Team Sky are indeed intimidating. In really these riders are not robots but they do train like beasts and each team member is an incredible bike racer in his own right, making them at times seem invincible as a team. Here Chris Froome (left) and Michal Kwiatowski spotted during a training ride on the Alpe d’Huez.

 

One for the nerds

If you really want to drill down into the hard core information about this year’s Tour, what better way to do so than the entire Press Kit Road Book. All 60 pages of it in French and English. Go for it nerds.