Three cheers for the bidon man

June 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Brutt crashes the party

May 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Giro D’Italia: Stage 10 – (ITT) Foligno to Montefalco (39.8 km)  For a moment or two it looked as though Pavel Brutt had been caught short, or maybe punched in the stomach. He was behind a plastic orange fence, the [...]

Quintana on to a Winner

May 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Giro d’Italia: Stage 9 – Montenero di Basaccia to Blockhaus (152km) I’m trying to warm to Nairo Quintana. It’s not him… it’s me. Actually maybe it is him, or at least his immeasurable talent. When he [...]

Boem goes bust

May 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Giro d’Italia: Stage 8 – Molfetta to Peschici (189km) Your half way up a punishing climb, racing hard to stay ahead of the chasing peloton. The sun is scorching your skin, and the salt from all your sweat means your aero [...]

Giro turns a corner (but just one)

May 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Giro d’Italia: Stage 7 – Castrovillari to Alberobello (224km) It was a stage that recreated an early summer motorway trip to see relatives as kids, hot and humid, stuck in the back of the car with no air [...]