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City Road Club (Hull) have got somebody rather well know riding their open 10 tomorrow.

 

He's taken victory in an Olympic velodrome, cruised to glory on the Champs-Elysees but fancies winning £50 on the A63 near Hull.

He was on 'Desert Island Discs' the other day. Well worth a listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tbsqb

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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The Giro d'Italia lacks any British interest this year, save for the British based team in Sky, but the racing has been tough as usual. I always think that the Giro is the hardest of the 3 Grand Tours as the lumpy bits tend to be a bit harder and because it's earlier in the year can have some rather inclement weather, even snow on occasion. Contador in pink as of today's rest day, young Italian Aru 3 seconds behind and Porte (Sky's Aussie GC hope) back a further 19 seconds.

 

The first week saw a horrific crash caused by a spectator's long camera lens that saw Daniele Colli suffer an horrific looking shoulder dislocation. Brave lads these cyclists! I won't post the photo but here's a link - please don't look if you are liable to be offended or disturbed by a man with his arm at an unnatural angle. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CFBvgQtUgAEbtd7.jpg

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Where do these cyclists find their speed and stamina?

If my brother who was a semi-pro cyclist is anything to go by it comes from eating your own bodyweight in food daily and at least two exercise sessions a day (weights, run, bike ride, session on the turbo if the weather was bad, etc...). He once finished second behind Wiggo in a 50 mile race and Wiggo donated the prize money to my brother.

 

Huge amount of single minded determination and desire to succeed is required. 

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Where do these cyclists find their speed and stamina?

Five or six pints of beer the night before does it for me. Years of dedicated research have taught me that Erdinger Weissbier is the most effective. It's also unbeatable as a post-ride recovery aid.  

Old Faithful we never lose at Wembley

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Outstanding last 2 stages from Chris Froome to win the Criterium du Dauphine. Gerraint Thomas also running second in the Tour de Suisse. Those two together with Porte offer Team Sky a lot of options for the Tour de France. Maybe too many options?

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San Sebastian Classic this week, a long one-day race with plenty of steep climbs and descents and a downhill finish. An unusual classic because it favours climbers. Should be exciting.

 

Early prediction:

 

Zdenek Stybar

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San Sebastian Classic this week, a long one-day race with plenty of steep climbs and descents and a downhill finish. An unusual classic because it favours climbers. Should be exciting.

Early prediction:

Zdenek Stybar

It's a pity San Sebastian comes so soon after TdF as I think it's a classic tailor made for Geraint Thomas.

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Jon Mould is the 2015  British elite-series circuit racing champion. He's a member of the GB Olympic squad. He's 24 years of age. He always comes across as very personable and in no way arrogant.

 

He's just been informed that his team ... One-Pro Cycling (owned by Matt Prior) ... won't be offering him a contract for next year.

 

Best of luck in finding a new team, Jon.

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Congratulations to Lizzie Armitstead on becoming World Champion yesterday and earning the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey for a year. It was great to see how much it meant to her.

 

I thought she'd blown it a couple of times in the last 3km, but she seemed to keep getting the right wheel particularly the Dutch riders wheel at the end. Fantastic!

 

A blast from the past for RL fans too as they all got a Tissot watch on the podium!

 

Hope one of the GB blokes can do something this evening - Stannard from a long way out or Swift in a sprint. However, my money is on Bouhanni or Greipel with Peter Sagan or Elia Viviani in the mix.

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I thought she'd blown it a couple of times in the last 3km, but she seemed to keep getting the right wheel particularly the Dutch riders wheel at the end. Fantastic!

 

A blast from the past for RL fans too as they all got a Tissot watch on the podium!

 

Hope one of the GB blokes can do something this evening - Stannard from a long way out or Swift in a sprint. However, my money is on Bouhanni or Greipel with Peter Sagan or Elia Viviani in the mix.

I thought she might have blown it too.

 

I came over all nostalgic when I saw the Tissot watches being presented.

Old Faithful we never lose at Wembley

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I came over all nostalgic when I saw the Tissot watches being presented.

The redistribution of Iestyn Harris' personal stash?

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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I thought she might have blown it too.

 

I came over all nostalgic when I saw the Tissot watches being presented.

 

Sadly, neither Lizzy nor Peter Sagan said "I'd like to thank Tissot for the watch"!

 

I think Sagan's win will prove a mixed blessing, he's always a marked man in the peloton. That has now become a lot easier now he's literally marked with a load of colourful hoops around his torso (I've avoided the term Rainbow Jersey, as my 5 year old astutely and correctly pointed out, "those aren't the colours in a rainbow!").  He's possibly the most talented all round rider of his generation, but I fear he'll never win a Grand Tour although he might win the odd spring classic, by doing exactly what he did yesterday, and make the podium lots of times. His record seems to be suggesting that he only has one Grand Tour in him per year, which is going to severely limit his impact in terms of career long palmarés.

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Sadly, neither Lizzy nor Peter Sagan said "I'd like to thank Tissot for the watch"!

 

I think Sagan's win will prove a mixed blessing, he's always a marked man in the peloton.

... His record seems to be suggesting that he only has one Grand Tour in him per year, which is going to severely limit his impact in terms of career long palmarés.

 

Yes, but he will generally win the green jersey in one Grand Tour every year

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Thats right, London, screw it up for the rest of us.

 

London has turned down the chance to host the start of the 2017 Tour de France, angering the race owners.London beat bids from Edinburgh, Manchester and several German regions to stage the Grand Depart. But last week, a day before contracts were meant to be signed, Transport for London (TfL) said it was pulling out.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/34385718

I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing to do, isn't it?

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