Yesterday’s cartoon in L’Equipe.
The mass of the hammer is unknown.

Yesterday’s cartoon in L’Equipe.

The mass of the hammer is unknown.

A close call for Chris Froome on the descent of the Col de la Rochette. But who had the faster reaction, the yellow jersey or the photographer?

A close call for Chris Froome on the descent of the Col de la Rochette. But who had the faster reaction, the yellow jersey or the photographer?

The prize list so far in the Tour de France

The prize list so far in the Tour de France

If you wonder why the spokes are bending, it’s not the speed or power, just the camera: http://inrng.com/2012/04/photo-finish-camera/

If you wonder why the spokes are bending, it’s not the speed or power, just the camera: http://inrng.com/2012/04/photo-finish-camera/

The prize money won during the first week of the Tour de France

The prize money won during the first week of the Tour de France

André Greipel wins Stage 6 of the Tour de France in Montpellier

André Greipel wins Stage 6 of the Tour de France in Montpellier

L’Equipe’s cartoon salutes Australia’s cycling stars.

L’Equipe’s cartoon salutes Australia’s cycling stars.

Stage 3 of the Tour de France was the most scenic of the Corsican trinity. Judging by Twitter many wanted to be there plus I’ve had a couple of queries by email.
If you’re interested in going, some quick tips for a cycling trip:
- Avoid July and August as the crowds mean more traffic
- June is good but if you want to swim in the sea, September is better for warm water
- The riding is like coastal Italy: stunning but you’re watching out for the rough roads and German motorcyclists
- Travel around the island takes time, if you stay in one place it’s an effort to visit the whole island, concentrate on what’s near
- Stage 1 showed the flat coastal areas which if they looked good from the helicopter are more crowded
- Calvi, the finish for Stage 3 is a good place to access the north and west coast as well as the areas inland
- It’s can be very windy in winter so think twice about it as a winter destination
- There are bike shops but pack a few obvious spares and tools as you don’t want to travel to Bastia or Ajaccio
- You can fly in with connections from Paris, Nice and a few other places.
- If you take the ferry, use the Italian company Corsica Ferries - whose yellow ship was the Tour’s floating press zone - because the other company SNCM is dogged by repeated strikes

Stage 3 of the Tour de France was the most scenic of the Corsican trinity. Judging by Twitter many wanted to be there plus I’ve had a couple of queries by email.

If you’re interested in going, some quick tips for a cycling trip:

- Avoid July and August as the crowds mean more traffic

- June is good but if you want to swim in the sea, September is better for warm water

- The riding is like coastal Italy: stunning but you’re watching out for the rough roads and German motorcyclists

- Travel around the island takes time, if you stay in one place it’s an effort to visit the whole island, concentrate on what’s near

- Stage 1 showed the flat coastal areas which if they looked good from the helicopter are more crowded

- Calvi, the finish for Stage 3 is a good place to access the north and west coast as well as the areas inland

- It’s can be very windy in winter so think twice about it as a winter destination

- There are bike shops but pack a few obvious spares and tools as you don’t want to travel to Bastia or Ajaccio

- You can fly in with connections from Paris, Nice and a few other places.

- If you take the ferry, use the Italian company Corsica Ferries - whose yellow ship was the Tour’s floating press zone - because the other company SNCM is dogged by repeated strikes