Dull Classics you say? Boring Tours?

Dull Classics you say? Boring Tours?

Dull Spring Classics. Boring Tour de France? Perhaps. But is this the result of a dope-lite peloton? We’ve watched them and we’ve seen them moaned about in print. Dull Classics. Dull races. Boring stages. No attacks. Asphyxiating team tactics. 30 riders still in the front as the finale approaches. Timidity. Where – where, grumble seasoned observers – where’s the...

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Tom Sykes’ Monza mission

Tom Sykes’ Monza mission

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was a man on a mission at the Monza World superbike round in May 2012. Sykes’ Kawasaki had been on the brink of winning a race (as opposed to ‘merely’ setting pole position) since the start of the season. At Monza, his Kawasaki ZX-10R set a new speed record (339.5kph) and looked set for a double win, until the weather changed and Pirelli’s wet...

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Pirelli WSB chunky wets

Pirelli WSB chunky wets

Ah, the Pirelli wet tyres. We mentioned them a couple of weeks ago here. Said they weren’t quite doing what they were designed to do – or at least not doing it well enough, consistently enough. It wasn’t just shit stirring. Because, here we are at Monza and, after a traumatic series of wet and dry sessions on Saturday practice and qualifying, the Saturday night rumours in the...

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A Giro d’Italia like 1987? You wish…

A Giro d’Italia like 1987? You wish…

As the 2012 Giro d’Italia gets set to roll with its inexplicable start in Denmark – who knew there was such a large ex-pat Italian community in Jutland? – you wonder about the depths to which race organisers will go to generate an angle. There’s a small irony of course in that modern cycling’s most famous Danes – Michael Rasmussen, Bjarne Riis and Rolf...

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BMC hit the Tour. In April

BMC hit the Tour. In April

  Sometimes you’ve got to improvise. Graeme Brown and I were given a tip that the BMC team was going to recce the final tricky kilometers of the opening road stage of the Tour de France into Seraing the day after the 2012 Fleche Wallonne. So I drove, Graeme hung out of the  window and grabbed some pics and we tried not to invoke the wrath of the management. ‘Pas evident’...

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Tour of Britain…1991?

Tour of Britain…1991?

  The Tour of Britain. Why wouldn’t it work? Why wouldn’t it attract a bit of a crowd and mainstream media interest? It’s ironic, when Alan Rushton and his Sport For Television outfit struggled to push road cycling into the limelight in the 1980s and early 1990s, that Olympic Games track success has raised cycling’s profile so...

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