Lamenting the absence of the Tour de France: a love letter to cycling on SBS | Kieran Pender

26 June 2020 08:00
The cultural significance of the broadcaster’s coverage of the race cannot be underestimated; it will be missed over the coming weeksStunning vistas. Historic chateaus. Roadside cows. French cuisine. Dulcet tones. And, of course, cycling. For thousands of Australians, long winter nights mean one thing: the Tour de France on SBS. For the first time in 30 years, Covid-19 has disrupted that love affair. The Tour de France has been postponed until 29 August, and there is no certainty the race will go ahead. In ordinary years, the Tour is a many thousand-person circus, rolling through small French towns for three weeks in the midst of European summer. That spectacle is beamed back to Australia in all its glory, as we sit firmly glued to the couch – blankets providing warmth and SBS offering entertainment. Related: GreenEdge Cycling pulls out of week-old partnership with Manuela Fundaćion Related: Postcard from the future: The Tour de France will have to wait another year | Felicity Cloake Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian