Tom Simpson

9 results

 Belgian rider Wout Van Aert of the Jumbo Visma team celebrates as he crosses the finish line and wins the 11th stage of the Tour de France  from Sorgues to Malaucene. Photograph: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA

Wout Van Aert triggered memories of the five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx with a spectacular solo victory in the 2021 Tour’s daunting Mont V(...)

Ireland’s Sam Bennett wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey as he crosses the finish line during the 21st and last stage of the 2020 Tour de France. Photograph: Thibault Camus/Getty Images

Seán Kelly was in the middle of his best-ever season when he had a brutal crash in the Tour of Switzerland. “I went over a wall on a descent,” he tol(...)

Eddie Dunbar training near his home in Banteer, Co Cork last May. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New season, some new rules, some same old issues and probably few riders happier to be back racing their bike than Eddie Dunbar, even if that means ra(...)

The 21  switchbacks on Alpe d’Huez are each numbered in descending order. Photograph:  Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Bourg d’Oisans, July 26th, 2011 Late afternoon and the Alps are hot. We take one last sip from our water bottles, run a quick check over each tyre pr(...)

Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol  perfroming in the Phoenix Park in 2012. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song of the 21st century, so far, by music licensing agency PPL. The song was released in(...)

Astana Pro Team rider Fabio Aru celebrates on the podium wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey following the 12th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France. Photo: Yoan Valat/EPA

Against all expectations, 200m from the top of the airport runway used to shoot parts of the film Tomorrow Never Dies, the Tour de France saw Sky fall(...)

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali   leads the group ahead of Team Sky rider Chris Froome, wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, during the 161-km 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

As the rate of attrition stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Gard(...)

No Grand Tour has ever been won without some tale of hardship –  Dutch rider Rick Flens of Team LottoNL-Jumbo after crashing during the 13th stage of the 98th Giro d’Italia yesterday. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

There are six steel screws and a five-inch titanium bar where my left collarbone used to be. There’s a tiny piece of bone floating beneath my left kne(...)

Chris Froome wins the 15th stage of the  Tour de France on Mont Ventoux. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

The Tour de France’s visits to Mont Ventoux are rare enough to lend a special quality to any victory at the vertiginous finish adjacent to the observa(...)