With the 2013 Tour de France now just two days away the riders are busy getting themselves ready for the grueling three-weeks of riding ahead. In these final days they’re continuing to fine-tune their bikes and bodies in what promises to be one of the more special Tours in recent memory. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the race and to celebrate Tour organizers have pulled out all the stops, both in terms of the course and the pomp and circumstance that will go along with the ride.
The Cannondale Pro Cycling Team is amongst those that are getting ready for Le Tour and on the eve of the race getting under way, they have launched the second issue of the Cannondale Gazette with an issue dedicated to the greatest pro cycling event in the world that was made in partnership with peloton magazine. The digital mag, which also has editions available for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, features introductions to the team’s riders, a look at the bikes they’ll be riding and a preview of some of the more important stages. There are also insights into traveling in France including a selection of the best wines to be found there.
The 32-page e-magazine is slick and well done and serves as a great primer for getting you in the mood for the Tour. Excellent photography is featured throughout the Gazette and there are even some historical shots from early editions of the race that will give you a new found respect for the riders of by-gone eras.
Cannondale has a lot to be excited about heading into this year’s Tour. Their brash young rider Peter Sagan emerged from last year’s race as a true force to be reckoned with, claiming the Green Jersey and three stage victories in just his first foray into the Tour. As a former Junior World Champion in mountain biking he has also shown that he can climb. With this full skill set, he could one day be a contender for the Yellow Jersey as the overall winner of the race.
As you can probably tell, I’m getting excited for the start of this year’s Tour. Only a couple of days to go now. I can’t wait!