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Procycling and Cyclingnews Tour de France evening enthralls audience

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Cervélo TestTeam's Daniel Lloyd and Phil Liggett were part of the panel discussion.

Cervélo TestTeam's Daniel Lloyd and Phil Liggett were part of the panel discussion.
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The panel discussion group of Daniel Lloyd, Phil Liggett, Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore keep the audience entertained.

The panel discussion group of Daniel Lloyd, Phil Liggett, Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore keep the audience entertained.
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The legendary announcer Phil Liggett.

The legendary announcer Phil Liggett.
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Look Mum No Hands! is London’s first and foremost cycling-themed bar and café.

Look Mum No Hands! is London’s first and foremost cycling-themed bar and café.
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Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.

Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.
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Cervélo TestTeam's Daniel Lloyd

Cervélo TestTeam's Daniel Lloyd
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Phil Liggett shares a laugh with Jeremy Whittle.

Phil Liggett shares a laugh with Jeremy Whittle.
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One of several jerseys which were prizes at the pre-Tour de France panel discussion.

One of several jerseys which were prizes at the pre-Tour de France panel discussion.
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Someone would soon receive an autographed CSC team jersey.

Someone would soon receive an autographed CSC team jersey.
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Daniel Friebe and Daniel Benson offer up a Saeco team jersey.

Daniel Friebe and Daniel Benson offer up a Saeco team jersey.
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The evening's four panelists along with editors of Procycling and Cyclingnews.

The evening's four panelists along with editors of Procycling and Cyclingnews.
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British pro Daniel Lloyd of Cervélo TestTeam

British pro Daniel Lloyd of Cervélo TestTeam
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Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.

Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.
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Phil Liggett was part of the four-person panel discussion about the Tour de France.

Phil Liggett was part of the four-person panel discussion about the Tour de France.
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Phil Liggett and Jeremy Whittle.

Phil Liggett and Jeremy Whittle.
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Richard Moore authored the book In Search of Robert Millar.

Richard Moore authored the book In Search of Robert Millar.
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"How about a beer?"

"How about a beer?"
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The audience awaits the start of the panel discussion at London's Look Mum No Hands! cafe.

The audience awaits the start of the panel discussion at London's Look Mum No Hands! cafe.
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Some of the memorabilia on offer for the prize drawing.

Some of the memorabilia on offer for the prize drawing.
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It's only fitting that Look Mum No Hands! would sport their own cycling cap.

It's only fitting that Look Mum No Hands! would sport their own cycling cap.
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Procycling's Daniel Friebe and Cyclingnews' Daniel Benson.

Procycling's Daniel Friebe and Cyclingnews' Daniel Benson.
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Procycling's Daniel Friebe and Phil Liggett.

Procycling's Daniel Friebe and Phil Liggett.
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The evening's panel: Daniel Lloyd, Phil Liggett, Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.

The evening's panel: Daniel Lloyd, Phil Liggett, Jeremy Whittle and Richard Moore.
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British pro Daniel Lloyd

British pro Daniel Lloyd
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Jeremy Whittle

Jeremy Whittle
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June 21st saw Cyclingnews and Procycling premiere a new medium - the live podcast cum panel discussion cum altogether brilliant evening we and 120 readers enjoyed at the Look Mum No Hands! café bar in Old Street, London.

The idea was simple: take four experts - in this case acclaimed cycling authors Richard Moore and Jeremy Whittle, Cervélo TestTeam stalwart Daniel Lloyd and Phil "Voice of Cycling" Liggett - give them a stage and a couple of glasses of Merlot and let them dissect the forthcoming Tour de France for the enjoyment of a live audience.

In an hour and a half of riveting and often unprintable discussion, the topics covered included Lance Armstrong's creaking limbs, Mark Cavendish's struggles so far this year, plus the question "exactly how bizarre is Cadel Evans?". The wine flowed, the banter too, and after a prize draw in which one Procycling reader, Stuart Moss, walked away with a LeMond gforce Fitness trainer worth over $2000, all were in agreement that the event should be the first of many.

If all four panelists were suave and superb, our venue was also a major hit. Opened just this spring, Look Mum No Hands! is London's first, permanent cycling-themed bar and café, and has already established itself as something of a two-wheeled institution. The Cassoulet de Toulouse whipped up specially for our soirée was, alas, considerably tastier than anything we were likely to eat on Tour.

To all those who attended, and the panelists, please accept our sincere thanks. We think you'll agree that it was a triumphant event - and one we hope to repeat soon.

Check out the gallery of photos from the evening's events.