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Climb every mountain

Clockwise from top left: a cycling enthusiast follows the Tour de France course; tourists camp beside a giant French flag near the summit of Grand Colombier; fans prepare for the La Chambre leg of the race to begin; eventual winner Briton Bradley Wiggings.

The Tour de France is an exhausting thriller of a ride that demands enormous dedication and stamina - and that's just from the spectators. Text and pictures by Tim Pile.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 5:38pm

Unsung mechanics toil to keep riders in top gear

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. Perry Moerman has been at it for 20 years on the professional cycling tour, serving star riders past and present such as Erik Zabel and Mark Cavendish.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ultimate rush for adrenalin junkies

I'm clinging to a boulder and a bamboo raft, trapped in a torrent of white water surging against my back. My teammate, thrown overboard when we slammed into rocks, is floating helplessly away down the Zi River.

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Classy Wong comes close to famous win

'This is the course I grew up with over the years. I didn't have it in the end, but this is a positive start for me'

Wong Kam-po tried to make the race his own in the opening stage of the Tour of South China Sea. He really tried. But in the end, he came up just short of a famous home victory in Sha Tin.

26 Dec 2003 - 12:00am


In a country not renowned for its sports enthusiasts, where most people try to avoid any form of physical exertion, one Indonesian sports association has come up with a most unlikely competition - an energy-sapping bike race across Java.

27 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Wong wooed by Italian teams

Asia's top road racer Wong Kam-po has received offers from two Italian professional teams at the Tour of Langkawi, meaning he has prospects of competing in May's Giro d'Italia, the world's second-biggest cycling event.

7 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Pantani kicked out for failing blood test

MARCO Pantani's racing future was in question yesterday after his exclusion from the Giro d'Italia, just 48 hours from a repeat triumph.

Pantani failed a mandatory blood test at his hotel and was ordered out of the 21st stage from Madonna di Campiglio to Aprica.

6 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Rominger puts China Tour at the top of his agenda

Swiss ace Tony Rominger will head the field for this year's Kent Tour of China, which starts rolling on Hong Kong's Stonecutters Island on November 1.

16 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Sting in the tale makes it a weekend to remember

IT was a weekend that will live long in sporting memory. Three of the world's most prestigious trophies were bestowed and each carried its own tale of pathos.

25 Jul 1995 - 12:00am


TOUR de France chief Jean-Marie Leblanc has appealed for calm during a growing row with the top Spanish cycling teams.

Leblanc started the controversy by saying the absence of Spanish riders at tomorrow's Paris-Tours race amounted to a boycott of the World Cup, making a veiled threat to ban them from the 1994 Tour de France.

9 Oct 1993 - 12:00am