Format, rider, or both?

This years Tour is incredibly close after 2 weeks, the top four are within 29 seconds of each other, with the next 4 within another 2 minutes from 4th place. This is unheard of at this stage in a Tour, after 60 hours in the saddle the time gaps are minuscule, without Porte's crash involving … Continue reading Format, rider, or both?

Rest Day Predictions

When somebody who looks perfectly capable of attacking & doesn't attack, it either means they're not interested, or they have a serious plan. I'm putting my thoughts for a thrilling final week of the Tour out there. As far as predictions go, I've got past history of being very wrong, so don't place any bets … Continue reading Rest Day Predictions

The New Religion

It used to be the case that if you couldn't explain something, you blamed God, then if anybody came up with an alternative based on evidence, they came to a horrible end. As time passed, the evidence based explanation became more popular & the lazy old ideas slowly drifted into obscurity, with only the individuals … Continue reading The New Religion

Dauphine 2014 Observations#2

Talansky! A fantastic result for Garmin, who took the race by the scruff of the neck  & showed what can be done against riders who currently have superiority in the mountains. With a damaged Froome & an isolated Contador, we've seen during the past few days just how easily things can fall apart. It's also … Continue reading Dauphine 2014 Observations#2

Dauphine 2014 Observations#1

The Dauphiné has always seemed quite a special race to me, I'm not entirely sure why, perhaps it's Robert Millar's fault. It encompasses many of the parts I enjoy most about the Tour de France, notably some familiar mountains, but also it allows the drama to ignite between the Tour contenders. It's a huge race … Continue reading Dauphine 2014 Observations#1

The Madness of Sir Dave

The fans are unhappy, well lets say 'irate' over Wiggins dropping the bombshell to the British public, that one of their fondest sporting icons will not be chosen for the Sky Team for the Tour de France. This is the culmination of a series of problems running right back to the 2011 Vuelta Espania, where … Continue reading The Madness of Sir Dave

FrUnderdog

Much has been said about the meteoric rise of Sky's stage racing surprise, Chris Froome. We find ourselves asking how can somebody so suddenly rise from pack fodder to taking 2nd place in two grand tours in such a short space of time? Forums & Twitter are full of people 'who know' Froome is doping, … Continue reading FrUnderdog

Knee Deep in Motivation

Bradley Wiggins, after an outstanding 2012 is struggling to come to terms with an ordinary 2013, lets take a look at how that might have come about. 2012 Lets not forget just how stellar a year it was for Wiggo in 2012, here's a list of his main achievements during the year. Winner : Paris … Continue reading Knee Deep in Motivation