It's been a while since I had a punt on the Tour De France and as the race enters it's final stages and the riders head into the Alps this is Chris Froomes tour to lose.
Yesterdays incident with Geraint Thomas though shows nothing can be taken for granted. Approaching a sharp bend on the descent Thomas was careered into by a rider who had overcooked the corner and the Sky rider was lucky to escape an unwelcome meeting with a telegraph pole with no discernible injuries.
I bought the books, I bought the Livestrong concept and I bought the man.
To find out that you have been lied to so unashamedly makes any defence of Armstrong indefensible.
When your sporting heroes turn out to be mere mortals who succumb to the pressures of trying to win at all costs by using performance enhancing drugs, what example does that set to society in general?
Armstrong gives up the fight – but serious doubts remain.
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As a long time Armstrong admirer I'm disappointed that he has given up his fight against the charge that he participated in doping or took performance enhancing drugs. But I can totally understand the decision.
The only certain winners are the lawyers and there comes a point when you simply have to hold your hands up and say "do your worst".
Wiggins consolidates Tour lead Yesterday's stage was the toughest yet of this years Tour de France and members of Team Sky all worked hard to keep Bradley Wiggins in pole position for the yellow jersey. Michael Rodgers did an outstanding stint riding hard at the front to keep the pace up for over 30 miles during the middle part of the race and then Chris Froome did his bit to take up the reins on the final climb. Cadel Evans – who must have the ugliest riding style ever – was distanced on the final climb and lost over a minute and a half on Wiggins and there is no way back for the Australian who doesn't have it in the legs this year. ...
Tour de France race leader denounces work shy fops.
Bradley Wiggins erupted in a foul mouthed tirade at reporters gathered for a news conference yesterday when one of the motley crew suggested that his "sudden" improved performance could be put down to substance abuse.
"I say they're just fucking wankers. I cannot be doing with people like that. It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can't ever imagine applying themselves to do anything in their lives".
Wiggins, Cavendish and team Sky to shine.
Back in March I backed Bradley Wiggins to win the 99th Tour de France and since then I see no reason to change my thinking.
Team Sky have announced a hugely talented nine man team for this exacting cycle race – nay - feat of endurance and barring another accidental mishap Wiggins will be standing the tallest on the podium in Paris on July 22nd.
Can Gilbert win on his home soil?
Ans, Belgium, is the finish line of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège classic and it is going to prove to be a hill to far for many of the starters in one of the worlds most famous cycling races.
The other two Ardennes classics (Amstel Classic and Fleche Wallone) do not finish with such a difficult flourish and it is going to be a strong climber who wins here.
Cavendish to add his fifth win this season?
The cycling season gets into full swing this weekend with the first of the major classics on Saturday: Milan – San Remo.
The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport organised the first Milan-San Remo in 1907 and it has remained the longest cycling classic this year totalling 298KM – that’s a long cycle ride.
Tour De France 2012 – Outright Winner Betting.
With the disqualification of Alberto Contador the Tour de France offers a slightly wider window of betting opportunity and although the bookies are already marking their cards and it’s not too late to bet on the outright race winner.
That honour will surely fall to Bradley Wiggins who is currently 7/2 with skybet to become the next Tour de France victor closely followed by Cadel Evans who will no doubt have a say in the proceedings.
Lottery funded cycling and team Sky are perfect marriage.
The best spectator event in track cycling is the elimination round of the Omnium – a multi discipline event. This is cycling's version of the track and field Pentathlon and totals six events.
Laura Trott's thrilling ride in the Omnium was a glorious showcase to a wonderful track World Cup and showed that the British team has tremendous strength in depth.