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Aug 02 2018

A tale of two heroes

On the cobbles of the Champs Elysees and with the world watching, Geraint Thomas finally won what had appeared destined to be permanently out of his reach. Always the Bridesmaid but never the Bride, ‘G’, finally held it all together for three weeks and won cycling’s greatest prize of all. Not only in South Wales…

Jul 25 2018

‘G’ on top (and looking the real deal)

OK, so it’s looking increasingly like we may have called this one wrong. Geraint Thomas is looking every bit the Champion and if he does hold it together till Paris, it will be massively well deserved. History says one writes off Chris Froome at one’s peril but maybe 4 straight Grand Tours and his extraordinary…

Jul 20 2018

Changing of the Guard? Not just yet.

What an extraordinary day on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez. Geraint Thomas not only became the first Brit to win on the fabled mountain but also the first rider to win wearing yellow. That’s some achievement by any measure. And by finishing so strong in a sprint once again, he finished the day 1m 39…

Jul 19 2018

Stage 11 – Sky show who’s boss. But who?

So the first real test of the GC contenders came in the form of a short stage with three gruelling climbs, the last a summit finish up the La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo. La Rosiere is especially cheeky. 17km long with an average gradient of 5.8%, it’s the middle section, of 6km at 8.2% that…

Jul 17 2018

Stage 9 – Pandemonium on the Pave

When Jens Voigt visited Criterium Cycles a few years ago and we enjoyed a wonderful evening with one of the legends of the sport, one thing he said in particular made me smile and has stayed with me ever since. He recalled, as a young pro rider, being introduced to cobbles for the first time….

Jul 08 2018

Le Tour 2018 – Stage 1 (and a few words on Salbutamol)

Salbutamol. A medical word that only a relatively small group of people were aware of a couple of weeks ago including of course those who suffer from asthma, a genuinely unpleasant and at times quite frightening condition. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of WADA, UCI, Team Sky and whole load of journalists and commentators,…

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