The grand départ for the 102nd edition of the Tour de France is less than a week away. Being such a distinguished cycling event, it’s natural that many riders dream about it from the time they start cycling. Those privileged enough to participate never forget it. Cyclingnews recently asked some of the top riders who have, to recollect their best memories since their first participation.
Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) will be starting his fifth Tour de France, striving to reach the top step in Paris. The young American recalls one of his special moments at the race in 2012, winning the best young rider classification.
“It would have to have been getting on the podium for the white jersey in 2012. Being up there on the Champs-Élysées, giving me a little taste of what it might feel like to win that race someday.” Van Garderen finished twice in fifth place for the past two years.
Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) would prefer to remember fond memories than focusing on the past year. The Irishman has struggled with injuries and stints of bad luck since last years’ opening stage at the Giro d’Italia where he crashed out of the race.
Watch the video below for more memories of the Tour de France, including from Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge). To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here.