Five great ways to keep up with the 2018 Tour de France

The greatest race of the year is upon us once more and as is standard with the sport of cycle racing, it would take a considerable amount of dedication, not to mention a shedload of spare time, to follow it properly. 

The majority of us are left to pick up on the day's shenanigans via the medium of highlight shows and podcasts, but with so many around these days, the million dollar question is: which one? 

We've found five that are worth a few minutes of your day. 

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1: The Move

People are asking Lance Armstrong if he went off and got married because he's wearing a ring on his wedding finger. Armstrong romantic? Never. That ring he's wearing actually monitors his sleep, via an app. So begins episode three of The Move, where plugs are shameless and the chatter flows like the tequila that sponsors the show. 

This is less a highlights show than Armstrong talk radio, and it's magnetic. Armstrong and his sidekick, JB, just sit back and chat about who's doing what and who's looking impressive and what they think is going to happen as the Tour unfolds. 

Proof that people appreciate more than a monotone commentator to get their Tour lowdown. Oh, and he talks about the racing of course and he relates his own experiences to it. Go figure.

Watch it on Youtube or download the podcast.

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2: GCN

It's all about the roundabouts apparently. Dan Martin has been doing some research about the roundabouts per capita in France and posted it on Twitter. The more roundabouts, the more crashes.

Presenter Dan Lloyd offers up a summary of the racing so far while rounding up cycling in other parts of the world, including the Giro Rossa, the female Giro d'Italia, because there is life outside the Tour de France and some of it is a big deal (and really shouldn't clash).

GCN doesn't appear to be doing stage by stage coverage but you'll get a decent summary of what's happening and you'll feel as if you haven't wasted ten minutes of your life.

Join GCN's 1.4m subscribers here.

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3: Mitchelton Scott

Team Mitchelton Scott's Youtube channel is a mesmerising look at the Tour from the inside. The cameraman is embedded within the team so you get interviews with the DS Matt White, amazing footage from the team car and intimate conversations with the riders, just when they don't really want to talk. 

Mitchelton Scott is an "international team with Aussie DNA" and boasts some faces in its lineup, not least 2017 Paris-Roubaix winner Matt Hayman and amazing Yates brothers, Adam and Simon. 

These little videos promise a warts-and-all account of the 2018 Tour as it unfolds and at around five minutes each, come in bite-sized chunks that you can easily dip into on a break. 

Find the channel here

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4: Le Tour de France

Quite why you would want to watch 20 second clips of each stage as it is happening is really only for you to know, but if you do, head over to the official Youtube channel of Le Tour de France. 

On the plus side, you at least get to stay updated and not all of us have got Sky players that we can sneakily tuck into a corner of our screens. Also, if you just let the clips run, it would be a bit like watching the live coverage anyway. Or just wait for a highlights show in the evening.

You can subscribe to the channel here

5: Rapha race Radio

Three blokes, a camper and a camera and an open brief signed off by Simon Mottram himself to do what the hell they want at various cycling events through the calendar. Rapha Race Radio remains undiscovered by many, and has received a mixed reception from those who have found it. That doesn't mean you shouldn't at least give it a go. At around six minutes per episode you're hardly losing out a lot. 

Race Radio has yet to broadcast from the Tour at the time of writing, but the above trailer featuring outtakes of what has gone before should give you a flavour of what you might be able to expect. 

It's almost gonzo broadcast journalism, an unaffiliated view of what bicycle racing looks like from a fan's perspective, filmed, edited and produced on the fly and as raw as the steaks that riders of old stuck down their shorts as padding. Not to mention the guest appearances of old leather chops himself, Juan Antonio Flecha.

You might not like it, but you'll have to agree there is nothing like it.