Bicycling to Cover Tour de France for Cycling Fans

As cycling fans await the start of the 99th Tour de France – where the world’s best cyclists will cover a 2,173-mile, grueling route in just 21 days of racing – Rodale Inc.’s Bicycling magazine will bring coverage of the bike race, available at Bicycling.com.

With a multi-platform editorial coverage – online, video, print, tablet and social – and by sending its team to France to cover the race, Bicycling makes it easy to follow the 2012 Tour de France, which begins June 30 with a prologue in Liege, Belgium, and continues through July 22, with the finale on the famed Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Leading this year’s coverage is the return of Bicycling’s “Tour Talk” video series, sponsored by Nissan, where former pro Frankie Andreu and longtime Bicycling contributor James Startt will offer smart, colorful, daily commentary throughout the race – available after each stage.

Further ramping up its video coverage, Bicycling.com will offer pre- and post-stage videos to give fans their daily fix, ranging from racer interviews to expert commentary to technology and gear features.

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On the iPad, in addition to its August issue, Bicycling debuted Thursday a special iPad edition featuring the Tour de France photography from Startt, an American journalist at the Tour.

The special issue – available in the iTunes store for $1.99 – features a collection of Startt’s all-time 45 best images, ranging from France’s idyllic countryside to iconic moments with the Tour’s legendary champions, such as Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, and Lance Armstrong.

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