Month: August 2020

Tour de France 2020: Roglic in form, Quintana chasing Triple Crown

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing the start of the race to be pushed back from June, the Tour will have stages in September for the first time in history.

Egan Bernal will attempt to defend his title and will do so against a field including no other riders to finish in the yellow jersey, as Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Vincenzo Nibali focus their attentions elsewhere.

With the help of Opta, we look at some of the best stats around this year’s Tour.

Parcours

A total of 3,470 kilometres will be covered across 21 stages – eight of

Camping in the 2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Is a Great Escape

LOS ANGELES—It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, the world is paused, at least. Whatever societal infrastructure we knew before 2020 is sitting on the driveway under a tarp with a warped head. It kind of ran when parked, but ever since it was put on jackstands, the paint has faded, the floor pans have rusted, the rubber is dry and cracked, the fuel is now varnish, and the headliner sags. After all of this pandemic unpleasantness wraps up, whenever that is, it’s going to require a bit more than spit and elbow grease to

Travel Reopenings Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19 has upended daily life in much of the world for so long that the idea of traveling to another country or state seems like the stuff of dreams. But in the last week or so, as the idea of opening up to travelers has gained traction, some countries are taking concrete steps. Yesterday, Australia announced a three-stage plan to reopen the economy, which includes a focus on tourism. And some countries are forming regional alliances designed to minimize the risk of the virus, including an Australia-New Zealand travel “bubble,” and, in Europe, a travel “corridor” shared by Estonia, Latvia

The New Pandemic Flash Point: Your Vacation

Michael Huxley has been getting called out a lot lately. His sin? Traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Huxley flew to Spain from Liverpool a few weeks ago and has been on a handful of trips within Britain since the onset of the pandemic, upsetting friends, family and strangers, who say he should stay home in order to lessen the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.

“I’ve been getting criticism in my professional life and from people in my personal life,” said Mr. Huxley, who runs the blog Bemused Backpacker. “Some come at it from an ethical point of

Tour de France 2020: The contenders

We’re now just days away from the start of the 2020 Tour de France – four, in fact. All of the warm-up races, the training and the form tapering is over and done with, and all that remains are, we hope, 21 days of racing to Paris.

Ranking the form of the top Tour GC contenders has been a tough ask thus far this season, with our first form ranking coming back in March when a number of big names had barely raced, and our second coming two weeks ago, just after the season restart.

Since then, however, we have