Phil's Blog

Phil regularly posts here with his opinion on current races, cycling politics, and updates from the ground at Le Tour de France, La Vuelta a Espana, and other major races.

Back to the Future

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Pyrenees cycling tours 

One Cycling

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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The Move in Le Tour

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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The 2018 Tour de France has begun with all the normal controversies.

Was Froome to ride?  The argument about expediting investigations and standardising the processes is as old as Le Tour. The politics of power between the ASO or rather the Tour de France and the UCI is likewise as old as the race.

The controversial decisions on the eve of Le Tour, epic media.  The howls from a disillusioned public must have been expected. The Froome controversy is not good for cycling but we will see.

2 days in to Le Tour and the standard criticism of Peter Sagan has begun.  A brilliant rider, yes.  Dangerous, no.  Sagan is now an easy target after the poor decision last year in the early stages of le Tour when Cavendish was bought down in an unfortunate, crash.  Even the sprinters grizzle, their complaints getting traction in the voracious media the follows both le tour and Peter Sagan.

In the modern era of racing where riders are groomed for events and not seen all season the pressure is enormous. The modern pro has so few opportunities to make a name for themselves that the races are a frenzied and stressed affair on courses designed for fantastic viewing.  In the midst of this we have GC contenders moving up the peleton for the safety of the front bunch. Its mayhem but, if you can't take the heat, get out of the fire.

Back in the day we trained before targeted events and raced hard in lesser ones to hone our fitness and form. This gave us so many more opportunities to achieve results and maintain our ranking and value. "Saved riders" can have a career over in an instant if their leader is not on form and so the pressure builds. Additionally the pointy end of the bunch was pretty consistent and the appearance of new talent, not questioned as they had hard earned their place at the front.

Lets see how this race unravels.

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2018 Tour de France; Emotionally Charged

Monday, July 09, 2018

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Ireland, a prelude to the Spring Classics.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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Tour down Under 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

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My Tour de France 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

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100th Giro d'Italia & More

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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100th Giro d'Italia #3

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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100th Giro d'Italia#2

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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