Written on July 22nd, 2013 by Richard Smith Cycling Comments
Chris Froome wins Tour de France 2013
By Richard Smith: As the peleton rolled into Paris on Sunday evening, it brought down the curtain on one of the best editions of the Tour De France in recent memory.
The 100th anniversary of “Le Tour” had just about everything over the past three weeks but in the end, there was one man who stood head and shoulders above the field. Chris Froome had won the yellow jersey for the first time in his career having won three brilliant stages and holding the lead of the race since his famous victory on stage eight up to Ax 3 Domaines.
The Kenyan born Brit showed his climbing strength throughout the tour while his time trialling was just as dominant, as he showed on both stages against the clock.
The key moment of the tour came on Bastille Day when Froome burst clear of the field to claim the win at the top of the fearsome Mont Ventoux. Winning such a prestigious stage, on such a famous climb, will have handedn Froome a massive boost in his bid to win outright as he stretched his lead into an unbeatable position.
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Written on July 11th, 2013 by Gary Guilfoyle Cycling Comments
Dan Martin Ireland’s next cycling hero.
On Sunday 7th July 2013 Dan Martin won the 9th stage of the Tour de France, in a sprint finish with Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang.
By Gary Guilfoyle: The 26 year old emerged triumphant crossing the finish line after a gruelling ride through the Pyrenees. A lot of guts and a willingness to push the body to the limit were what was needed for the young Irishman to win the stage
The Birmingham-born Martin, joined an exclusive group of Irish stage winners of the Tour de France. A small group but a very influential one all the same. To date there has only been five Irishmen who have ever won a stage in cycling’s premier competition.
Everyone can make a good guess and would easily get two of the names on that list. The first that would spring to mind would be Stephen Roche who also has the honour of being the only Irishman to have won the Tour de France.
Stephen Roche won his first stage in 1985 just two years before his outright victory in the tour. The other great name in Irish cycling, Sean Kelly won his first stage on July 5th 1978. Kelly went on to win another four stages in other years and is widely recognised as one of the greatest riders ever to compete in the Tour.
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Written on June 27th, 2013 by Richard Smith Cycling Comments
Chris Froome hopes to Continue British Success In Tour De France
By Richard Smith: The world’s most famous bike race gets underway in Corsica this weekend with sports fans around the globe anticipating another thrilling edition of the Tour De France. There is an extra significanc this year with it being the 100th edition of the Tour and fans can expect an extra special three weeks of brilliant racing.
As for picking the winner this year, it really does look to be a two horse race between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, who will be resuming their season long rivalry up across the mountains and roads of France over the next three weeks (check the Le Tour site for full route and stage information) .
Froome is the man in form and hot favourite to win the Tour for the first time after a fine run of form so far during 2013. The Kenyan born Brit has already won the Tour of Oman, the Tour of Romandie, the Criterium International and the Criterium du Dauphine during a successful first half of the year.
The Team Sky rider has followed a similar path to that of Bradley Wiggins who of course became the first Brit to win the Tour de France twelve months ago and most are expecting Froome to follow in his teammate’s footsteps (or should that be pedal cadence?) this time around.
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Written on February 3rd, 2013 by Robert Evans Cycling Comments
By Robert Evans: Oprah Winfrey recently interviewed Lance Armstrong. For some reason the interview a number of his estranged cycling (ex) colleagues who thought that his regret was not expressed strongly enough. Whatever your thoughts most seem to agree that Mr Armstrong has been something of a creep about the whole affair.
With that in mind, Matthijs Vlot has taken the issue in to his own hands and done some (ahem) subtle editing of the interview. Now we all get to see Armstrong confess in what is perhaps a more desirable manner. In any case, it’s a whole lot funnier than the Oprah interview.
Perhaps Radiohead’s most famous song this is perhaps the most unusual version of it to date. We can only hope that Lance Armstrong has a sense of humor – but it’s probably irrelevant if he does. Cheats are fair game.