Battle of Brittany.
Outside of fitness software like Zwift and VirZOOM, it’s hard to imagine how you can make a game about cycling entertaining. French studio Cyanide has been trying for several years now, and Tour de France 2021 is the culmination of its efforts so far, delivering a realistic simulation of the world’s third most-watched sporting event .
Having had a passing interest in the series in the past, we finally saddled up for this year’s version, which features all 21 stages from the eponymous real-world race, alongside some single-stage events, including one in London. This is less of a racing game, however, and more of a simulation: communication with your teammates is imperative, and energy management is the order of the day. Have you got enough gas in the tank to break away from the peloton and hold it off over 150 gruelling kilometres? That’s your call to make.
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