Jean-François Pescheux is retiring from his job as ASO’s technical director. The man behind much of the Tour de France route as well as the saviour of Paris-Roubaix’s cobbles, he’s also been the chief official when the race is on.
Here’s hoping he gets a good send off at this week’s presentation of the 2014 Tour de France.
More at http://inrng.com/2013/10/pescheux-tour-grand-depart/

Jean-François Pescheux is retiring from his job as ASO’s technical director. The man behind much of the Tour de France route as well as the saviour of Paris-Roubaix’s cobbles, he’s also been the chief official when the race is on.

Here’s hoping he gets a good send off at this week’s presentation of the 2014 Tour de France.

More at http://inrng.com/2013/10/pescheux-tour-grand-depart/

Adieu Hans Riegel who died today aged 90. The German started a confectionery in Bonn, Western Germany and took the first two letters of his name and the then Germany capital Ha, Ri, and Bo to make Haribo.

The business grew and Riegel was a keen sponsor of sport including cycling, for example the Haribo Classic was an early season race in France where the winner would win their weight in gummi bears and they also partnered with ASO races like Paris-Roubaix.

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Philippe Gilbert takes on a Belgian postman in a unique race for Belgian TV


Thanks to Cyclismactu for lifting the video from Belgian TV “Versus” where ordinary people take on champions and celebrities in special challenges.

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He didn’t win but Thomas Voeckler’s 50km solo breakaway allowed him to ride past the Ghisallo chapel as the fans cheered and the bells rang.
More photos and race analysis at http://inrng.com/?p=17069

He didn’t win but Thomas Voeckler’s 50km solo breakaway allowed him to ride past the Ghisallo chapel as the fans cheered and the bells rang.

More photos and race analysis at http://inrng.com/?p=17069


@inrng Oleg Tinkov on cover of today’s Financial Times companies and markets, in cycling gear; about TCS IPO
— David N. Welton (@davidnwelton) October 4, 2013
Oleg Tinkov is selling down his stake in TCS, his credit card company. It’ll free up more cash to spend on a cycling team.

Oleg Tinkov is selling down his stake in TCS, his credit card company. It’ll free up more cash to spend on a cycling team.

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On board camera footage from the World Ports Classic. It’s a small moment in history as if it’s been done before, this time it’s approved by the UCI as an experiment to see what the technology can do to help improve the TV experience.

The front shots are from Mark Renshaw and the rear mounted cam is on Tom Veelers’ bike with the idea being that it’ll show Marcel Kittel sitting there as Veelers supplies a lead out for the sprint to the line.

But it didn’t work out today as Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won solo after help as the bunch was diverted the wrong way during the race.

The quality is ok, enough to see what is happening even if the footage here shows us that not much is happening. Watch as Veelers takes the tight line on a cycle path but imagine what this might show in the sprint. Maybe we’ll see in tomorrow’s stage.

It’s unlikely to replace a HDTV but the extra angles give us more info and you can imagine the benefits to capture moments in the race like attacks, crashes and other specific incidents.

Thanks to ASO for permission to use the film.