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Tour de France - Stage 21
The Tour de France

In 1989 I watched Greg Lemond win the Tour de France and fell in love with bikes. This year, I finally got to be part of the biggest race in the world.

I went to the Tour as part of VeloNews‘ coverage team, joining the party from Stage 12 to the finish. The experience was overwhelming, simultaneously the biggest thrill of my life and perhaps the hardest 10 days I’ve ever experienced. I learned a lot, and think I came home a better reporter and a better writer, thanks largely to the patience and wisdom of my colleagues and compatriots at the race, Andrew Hood, Matthew Beaudin, Caley Fretz, and Ryan Newill.

I worked a lot, drove a lot, and wrote a lot. Here’s everything I wrote at the 2013 Tour.

Stage 12: Black and Blue Sky Hopes to Heal Before the Alps
Stage 13: Fuglsang Jumps Up the GC, Eyes Ventoux on Sunday
Stage 14: Reports of Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Demise Prove Premature Once Again
Stage 15: Mont Ventoux Asks the Same Thing of Winners and Losers: Everything
Rest Day: Fueling the Tour: Q&A with Saxo Chef Hannah Grant
Rest Day: Gallery: Riding, Relaxing on the Tour’s Rest Day (with Caley Fretz)
Stage 16: On an Infamous Descent, Froome Dodges Disaster
Stage 17: Mollema, Others Lose Time on Treacherous Stage 17 TT Descent
Stage 18: France Finally Has Something to Celebrate — and on l’Alpe d’Huez
Stage 19: One Last Summit Finish, One Last Shot at the Top 10 For Talansky
Stage 20: Despite Doubts, Losses, & Errors, Sky Came Through as a Team
Post-Tour: Injured Riders Win Time in Tour’s Mobile Medical Center
Post-Tour: Danielson Completes Difficult Tour, with Dinosaur in Tow

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