Tour de France Quotes
Variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles rather than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft. Give me a fixed gear. – Henri Desgrange first Tour de France organiser
As long as I breathe, I attack. – Bernard Hinault five-time Tour de France winner.
Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades. – Eddy Mercx five-time Tour de France winner
Someone threw a cup of urine into my face and shouted ‘doper’ which is wrong on so many levels. – Chris Froome, Tour de France 2015
When I saw the cow on the road, I stared her in the eyes and rode past on the left. – Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)
Pain is temporary. Quitting is forever. – Lance Armstrong
First week you feel good, the second week you lose strength. Third week, f*cked. – Per Pedersen talking about competing in the Tour de France
You can’t ride the Tour de France on mineral water. – Jacques Anquetil
The problem with being a Tour de France winner is you always have the feeling of disappointment if you don’t win it again. That’s the curse of the Tour de France. – Greg LeMond
The only part of the race I enjoyed was the last weekend… the time trial at Chartres and then riding into Paris as the winner. The rest of the time, I didn’t enjoy it. I was the favourite, so every day felt like I was walking a tightrope, knowing that at any second a little crash or a puncture could ruin everything. So you end up just ticking off the days. Then you have to deal with the media, the doping questions… that is a strain and you deal with it every day, but it’s in no way enjoyable. – Bradley Wiggins 2012
Tour de France Quotes About Doping
People think doping is for lazy people who want to avoid hard work. That might be true in some cases, but in mine, as with many riders I knew, it was precisely the opposite. EPO granted the ability to suffer more; to push yourself farther and harder than you’d ever imagined, in both training and racing. – Daniel Coyle quote from Tyler Hamilton’s book The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs.
Just a few days ago, I’d been in the greatest shape of my life, beating some of the best athletes in the world on Mont Ventoux. Now I could barely make it up this tiny hill. We joked about it, because that was all we could do. But it was unnerving. It shook me deeply: my strength wasn’t really in my muscles; it was inside my blood, in those bags. – Tyler Hamilton – The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs.
That depends on which races you wanted to win. The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping. Because the Tour is a test of endurance where oxygen is decisive. – Lance Armstrong
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