Le Tour de France

Well, on the whole, I prefer radio to TV. And I’m not much of a sports fan either. But these three weeks each year are a bit different chez Radio Top Soup.

The only sports event I choose to watch pretty much from start to finish every year is the Tour de France. Coverage on TV has increased over the years. I know, I could always have paid a subscription  to watch the event, but paying for any TV goes against the grain: there are higher financial priorities.

It used to be on Channel 4, and has now migrated to ITV4 but with the same group of commentators, Paul Sherwen, Phil Liggett, Chris Boardman and Gary Imlach.

At the time of writing, two British riders are leading the tour, Bradley wiggins and Chris Froome, both from the Sky team. World champion Mark Cavendish is also a member of this team. All three have so far won a stage of this year’s tour.

And a fourth British rider, David Millar, won today’s stage, the longest this year.

Congratulations to all of them. And good luck to Bradley and your sideburns, we hope you reatin the leader’s yellow jersey right up to Paris in 9 days time.

Coverage of the Tour is available on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra but i feel, in this case, radio commentary is a second best.

Given the amount of British succes this year, I’ve often had to leap across the room to turn the radio off as the news reader announces ‘the latest on the Tour de France’. If I haven’t yet watched, I don’t want to know how it ends!

Tour de France on ITV4.

The Offocial TdF site.