In the wake of Chris Froome’s second victory at the world’s greatest cycling race, we thought we would pay our own tribute to the first Brit to win two Tour titles in a row, by getting our Revival time machine out and setting it to 2013.
Amid all the raging horsepower at that year’s Revival, pedal power was taking a place in the spotlight as never before, and with good reason: to mark the 100th running earlier in 2013 of the Tour de France road race. Ever since the first Tour took place in 1903 this legendary event has attracted heroic racers and passionate supporters in equal measure – a combination guaranteed to appeal to fans of motor sport as much as committed cyclists.
A traditional caravanne of support vehicles, classic French cars and rowdy French characters followed the peloton around the circuit, capturing the noise and passion that characterises every running of the great race.
The 72 riders were all on pre-1966 Tour de France-style bikes and wearing period garb. They set off from the village square of Aubigny, a fictional community created for Revival and complete with cafes, bars, French resistance fighters – and of course a bicycle shop.