Well, that’s a wrap on the Tour de France – three weeks of action-packed racing that had its fair share of thrills (and spills), before producing a worthy winner in Tadej Pogačar.
While Pogačar had the race sewn up fairly early, the 2021 edition of the Tour had plenty of sub-plots, including Mark Cavendish’s remarkable return to form – winning four stages and the green jersey – and a superb hat-trick of stage wins – mountain stage, time trial, sprint stage – for Wout van Aert.
We’ve been bringing you BikeRadar’s take on cycling’s greatest race through our Tour de France podcast series, covering the tech, climbs and personalities of the Tour, as well as our thoughts on the action.
You can catch up on all episodes below, including our final episode, where we dish out a few awards in our 2021 Tour de France wrap.
BikeRadar Tour de France Podcast | Episode 7 – The 2021 Tour Awards
That’s a wrap on the 2021 Tour de France. In this episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, George, Simon and Jack take a look back at the 2021 race and dish out some awards – the best rider, surprise package, stage and bike, as well as the biggest tech fails and disappointments.
BikeRadar Tour de France Podcast | Episode 6 – Stage 20 time trial preview with Aerocoach
Ahead of the Tour’s final time trial, Dr Xavier Disley of AeroCoach joins Simon to review the results of the first time trial, on stage five, and look ahead to stage 20.
They discuss contenders for the stage win, how the GC riders may fare, what tech choices riders looking to gain time (or at least not lose any) should be making, and why time trial specialists don’t always beat the GC riders in Grand Tour time trials.
BikeRadar’s Tour de France Podcast | Episode 5 – Tour de France 2021 tech roundup
Two weeks have passed since the start of the Tour, which has been plenty of time for our tech nerds, Jack Luke and Simon Bromley, to pore over every minute of footage to pick out the biggest trends and latest tech to grace the bikes making their way around France this year.
Listen to their round-up and let us know if you think there’s anything we’ve missed.
BikeRadar Meets | Episode 4 – Lachlan Morton interview
In this special edition of our Tour de France Podcast, Lachlan Morton chats with BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief, George Scott, about the Alt Route challenge so far, including his bikepacking setup and how he’s fuelling his ride with cider, prosciutto, and melon.
Morton is riding in support of World Bicycle Relief. If you are able to donate, you can do so via the Alt Tour website. At the time of writing, enough money had been raised to purchase 1,990 bikes for children in the developing world.
BikeRadar’s Tour de France Podcast | Episode 3 – Our favourite Tour de France climbs
The Tour’s climbs often provide the defining moments of the race, with the names of the great climbs etched into every cyclist’s consciousness.
Matthew, Simon and George discuss four of their favourite Tour de France climbs: the iconic Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Galibier and Alp d’Huez. What’s it like to ride a giant of the Tour and which climb should be on your bucket list?
BikeRadar’s Tour de France Podcast | Episode 2 – Tour bike tech that changed the face of racing
Senior road technical editor, Warren Rossiter, looks back at some of the most important tech that’s debuted at the Tour over the years.
From bold ideas that were almost instantly banned by the UCI to manufacturing techniques that broke the mold but are now ubiquitous, this is a fascinating deep dive into historical Tour tech.
BikeRadar’s Tour de France Podcast | Episode 1 – Who will win the Tour? And our tech predictions!
In this bumper episode, BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief George Scott is joined by deputy editor Jack Luke and technical writer Simon Bromley to talk all things Tour.
Who will win this year’s race? How is the green jersey competition shaping up? Can Mark Cavendish add to his total of 30 Tour de France stage wins? (Yes). And what does the Tour hold in store for Chris Froome?