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Old 07-28-09, 05:43 PM   #1
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In-depth Pro Tour knowledge?

If I wanted to learn more about Pro Tour races (like TDF) and how they work, what would be some good resources? Most of what I find is on the basic "this is what is happening" level, which is all good, but I'm wondering something beyond that - what the bike teams generally look like, what considerations are undertaken on each stage in planning, how does the strengths/weaknesses/current position in the race of each of the riders on the team come into play and so forth. For example (if this helps describe what I'm looking for), if there were a Tour De France video game equivalent to what the John Madden games are to football, what would it look like?

I found this and it answered a few of my questions, but I'm curious about a few more things.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com...dayinlife.html

Any good pointers to some good reading material?
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Old 07-28-09, 06:26 PM   #2
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Wikipedia.
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If I wanted to learn more about Pro Tour races (like TDF) and how they work, what would be some good resources? Most of what I find is on the basic "this is what is happening" level, which is all good, but I'm wondering something beyond that - what the bike teams generally look like, what considerations are undertaken on each stage in planning, how does the strengths/weaknesses/current position in the race of each of the riders on the team come into play and so forth. For example (if this helps describe what I'm looking for), if there were a Tour De France video game equivalent to what the John Madden games are to football, what would it look like?

I found this and it answered a few of my questions, but I'm curious about a few more things.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com...dayinlife.html

Any good pointers to some good reading material?
Not this forum!
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Old 07-28-09, 07:55 PM   #4
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If I wanted to learn more about Pro Tour races (like TDF) and how they work, what would be some good resources? Most of what I find is on the basic "this is what is happening" level, which is all good, but I'm wondering something beyond that - what the bike teams generally look like, what considerations are undertaken on each stage in planning, how does the strengths/weaknesses/current position in the race of each of the riders on the team come into play and so forth. For example (if this helps describe what I'm looking for), if there were a Tour De France video game equivalent to what the John Madden games are to football, what would it look like?

I found this and it answered a few of my questions, but I'm curious about a few more things.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com...dayinlife.html

Any good pointers to some good reading material?
There is a TdF game from EA Sports, kinda like Football Manager...
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Old 07-30-09, 07:54 AM   #5
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Not this forum!
Seems not.
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Mags like Bicycling are catered for more of the general rider, not really racing format.

Velonews is pretty decent, but since the coverage is mostly aimed towards the US market, so while they cover the major Euro racing, alot of their coverage is US racing. Not bad, just letting you know there is a lean towards who they write for.

There is one or two really great UK mags, I can't recall the names off because I'm cheap and mostly follow the sport via the internet and Eurosport.

The best mags are French, Italian, Spanish. problem is that they aren't sold in the US and they aren't in English. The great thing is that they write about cycling as if it is a sport, not like a hobby. And they take it seriously over in Europe just like how baseball and football is taken seriously in the USA.
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