The Tour de France is one of the highlights of the professional cycling calendar, but it is so much more than a bike race. It also presents an annual opportunity to make soon-forgotten plans to conquer the Col de Tourmelet to counteract the best-forgotten plans to cook up a Gabriel Gaté-inspired month of French favourites. There’s the game of “spot a familiar face” as sommelier Christian Maier attempts to pass Southbank off as somewhere more Seine-side, and the temptation to base drinking games around any number of Phil Liggett- and Paul Sherwen-isms. Even more importantly, there are the forgotten heroes of the Tour.
During this year’s Tour, we will be providing a daily guide to the cattle to watch.