Twisted Spoke

My twisted take on the world of pro bike racing.

The Tour de France soundtrack.

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Ahh, la musique du tour.

The French organ grinder and his cymbal-smacking monkey. A dash of Edith Piaf singing of love lost  and mountain stages won. Or perhaps you prefer the sexy lounge music of Serge Gainsbourg while you watch Lance & Alberto battle it out.

For Twisted Spoke, nothing captures the precision, beauty and excitement of the Tour better than Kraftwerk. Sure, they’re German but half the group was obsessed with biking and tour-mad.

This video is of their classic “tour de France” track recorded back in 1983 but it sounds as electro-cool as ever. No word on how the Astana boys feel about the song. But TS suspects that the whole BBox Bouygues Telecom team rock this in the team bus. And hey, they have two stages wins already.

(And while we’re at it, a special shout out to fellow tour scribe blogger5000 seen holding his 12″ vinyl of Kraftwerk’s masterwork.)

Then again, if you need that rush of mad energy for that last 450 watt attack up the mountain, you have only one Tour choice. “Ca Plane Pour Moi,” the original French punk song by Plastic Bertrand.

C’est fou, c’est crazy, vive le Tour.

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Written by walshworld

July 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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  1. […] Other than a French organ grinder and his cymbal-smacking monkey, Kraftwerk is the the music of the Tour de France . This video is of their classic “tour de France ” track recorded back in 1983 but it sounds as electro-cool as ever. … See original here: The Tour de France soundtrack. « Twisted Spoke […]

  2. […] Other than a French organ grinder and his cymbal-smacking monkey, Kraftwerk is the the music of the Tour de France . This video is of their classic “tour de France ” track recorded back in 1983 but it sounds as electro-cool as ever. … Originally posted here: The Tour de France soundtrack. « Twisted Spoke […]

  3. Le techno!

    letourbabe

    July 15, 2009 at 6:49 am

  4. Oh, Kraftwerk… How does a german techno band capture the essence of the tour?

    I heard Ullrich enjoyed this song a bit too much back in the days 🙂

    Tyler

    July 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    • I made some musical additions after your note. But yeah, they are German but if you look at the Kraftwerk wiki entry, those guys were huge road bikers.

      walshworld

      July 15, 2009 at 11:35 pm


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