Milestones: 100 Years of the Maillot Jaune

2019 marked a number of milestones for the Tour de France. It is the 30th anniversary of Greg LeMond’s 58-second defeat of Laurent Fignon. t is also the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first of five Tour de France victories in 1969. 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the maillot jaune, the yellow jersey worn to signify the leader of the race, and that is a story in itself.

Soigneurs with spare wheels are spread all along the race. Extreme events like Paris-Roubaix can mean up to 20 extra mechanics and team helpers out on the course. Photo by Taz Darling.

REVIEW: Bike Mechanic: Tales From the Road and the Workshop

When I first read the description of BIKE MECHANIC: TALES FROM THE ROAD AND THE WORKSHOP, I was anticipating a quick read filled with profiles of team mechanics and humorous anecdotes of life on the road and the daily grind of cleaning and repairing bikes during events like the Tour de France. I was not anticipating a beautiful 272 page coffee table book.