Monday Wrap: It’s a British Double in Belgium

March 2, 2015

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It’s good to have the hellingen back. Here’s a little reflection on the weekend’s racing. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Etixx – Quick-Step may have by far the strongest team over the cobbles, but Saturday was the ultimate demonstration that, even when seemingly in complete control of a race, you can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory […]

Posted in: Classics

Why Cycling?

February 18, 2015

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I actually wrote this for my about page recently, but I’m not even sure if anyone stumbles onto there, and I guess it can stand alone here anyway. It’s always interesting as fans of the sport to ask ourselves, why cycling? … Sometimes I’m asked what it is about cycling that I like, and I’m lost […]

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Class of 2015

February 9, 2015

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I should really have written this before San Luis and Down Under, but we all know that the season really starts with Het Neiuwsblad, right? To remind you, the idea here is that I select ten first-year riders who I think have outstanding potential, so the emphasis is on the long-term rather than short-term. I’m […]

Posted in: Young Rider Watch

Class of 2014: Final Report

January 1, 2015

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Here’s a belated look at my class of 2014, the ten first-year pros I selected to watch out for in 2014. Julian Alaphilippe What with OPQS being a team crammed with stars, it wasn’t clear how many opportunities Alaphilippe would get for himself in his debut year. In fact, he was handed a fair few. In the Volta […]

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Interview: Tao Geoghegan Hart

August 25, 2014

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with one of the bright young talents of British cycling, Tao Geoghegan Hart. Tao is currently riding the Tour de l’Avenir in his first year competing at under-23 level. I asked him about how his season has been going and his participation in the Tour de l’Avenir.   […]

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Photos: Tour de France in the UK

July 9, 2014

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Wednesday – FDJ team hotel Thursday – team hotels & procession to team presentation Friday – Omega Pharma – Quick-Step hotel Saturday – Harrogate, Stage 1 Sunday – Harrogate, Stage 2 Monday – Cambridge, Stage 3  

Tour of Flanders 2014 Photos

May 8, 2014

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And now to break the deafening silence this blog has succumbed to in recent months. Disappointingly, I’ve been unable to dedicate time to the blog and therefore unable to comment on a truly thrilling Classics season. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to make this blog much more active again from July onwards, which […]

Posted in: Classics, My Photos

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: The Beginning

February 28, 2014

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The coming of Spring is a truly beautiful thing. The longer daylight hours, the first blossom growing on the bare trees, the song of nest-building birds. This is what we think of when we think of Spring. But say ‘Spring’ to a cycling fan and they’re likely to think of Belgium. Belgium and cobbles. And […]

Posted in: Classics