Category: Race reports

Tour of Utah-ah-ah: Carpenter uses head to protect head when things come to a head

Robin Carpenter had a problem, and not just that he was laying flat on the concrete. The race was getting away from him, that much was true, but he’d banged his head and torn off half his jersey. That meant dazed, and partially naked,…

Tour of Utah-ah-ah: The toughest stage race in America

The organisers of the Tour of Utah had made their intentions clear. Their race would not be ordinary, nor would it pander to convention. Instead it would suit crazy people, specifically those with maps, crayons, and an authority bestowed upon them to create what…

Was this the most entertaining crash of the season so far?

Tour of Slovenia: Stage 2 – Ljubljana to Ljubljana We missed extended highlights of the Tour of Slovenia’s second stage as live footage cut out, presumably for reasons relating to the same weather that it such a thrilling climax. But what we missed out…

Three cheers for the bidon man

Route du Sud: Stage 3 – Saint-Gaudens to Gavarnie-Gedre He looked like an ordinary spectator, one of those diehard tifosi who parks up at the side of the road and waits hours for the riders to pass by in a matter of seconds. But…

A four quid bottle of Tour of Azerbaijan

Tour of Azerbaijan: Stage 5 – Baku to Baku The way I see it, we should be grateful for a rest day so soon on the Giro. How else would we catch up with highlights from the Tour of Azerbaijan? Some of us have been…

The lady doth protest too much?

Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 2 – Tadcaster to Harrogate There’s a time and place for politics, but I like to think for a lot of cycling fans that place is not in televised bike racing. All of which, to British fans at least, makes the…

Flagman refuses to bottle it

Tour de Romandie: Stage 1 – Aigle to Champery “It’s ball-breaking work, but somebody has to do it.” So might read the motto hanging above the First Aid cabinet in the moto-riding flagman* canteen. “Flag man,” is not exactly at the glamorous end of…

When all else fails

Tour of Croatia: Stage 6 – Samobor to Zagreb It had been a long break, and Evgeny Shalunov had been in the thick of it all day. It was the final stage of the Tour of Croatia, a last chance to cross the line…

Whether or not Plan B was Plan A, it turned Plan C into Plan D

Tour of Croatia: Stage 2 – Trogir to Biokovo For Gazprom-RusVelo rider Anton Vorobyev things couldn’t be better. He’d been in the break all day and taken points at two intermediate sprints. He’d even nicked KOM points from a dumbfounded Jonathan Millan of Bicicletes…

Frankiny feeling the pinch

Tour of the Alps: Stage 4 Bolzano/Bozen to Cles This is written after the tragic death of Michele Scarponi, which has added more sadness to the Tour of the Alps than fun. How much do you really know about the rider next to you?…

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