Category Archives: Sport

Tour de France 2012: The Gentleman’s Procession

And so it all comes to an end for another year. For once, the final time trial wasn’t critical to the final result, merely a final exclamation mark added on the end of what’s been a pretty emphatic victory. Wiggins has continually referenced Miguel Indurain as his hero, and this has been a very Indurain-esque […]

Tour de France 2012: We are against all watches

Three weeks ago, we were all focused on Liege and the prologue of this year’s Tour. It seems odd that we’re not coming to the finish, with just two stages left before everything’s sorted, and this time next week we’ll be watching the Olympic road race. And as if in practice for that, yesterday we […]

Tour de France 2012: The home stretch

It’s been a while since we’ve a Tour where all the major issues have been settled so early. After his performance yesterday, there’s no way Thomas Voeckler can lose the King of the Mountains title, and while Peter Sagan could theoretically be caught in the points competition if Andre Greipel won every sprint up to […]

Tour de France 2012: 340 miles to Paris

Just four stages to go, and is it all over bar the shouting? There was a lot of expectation about yesterday’s stage, with predictions of explosive attacks, big changes in the general classification and some dramatic riding from individuals. We did get all those, but mostly from Thomas Voeckler who’s now moved up to 23rd […]

Tour de France 2012: Wait a Schleckond

Yes, it’s a bad pun, but circumstances mean I haven’t been able to use ‘Andy Schleckond’ this year, so an oblique reference to Frank’s troubles will have to do. And in case you missed the news last night, Frank Schleck is now out of the tour after an ‘adverse analytical finding’ from a doping control […]

Tour de France 2012: Take a break

After the peloton took a bonus rest day on Friday, it seems they decided to do the same yesterday as well. After some frantic early attacking – so frantic that Edvald Boasson Hagen and Bernie Eisel were trying to calm the pack down because of the chaos at the front – a break got away, […]

Tour de France 2012: Getting a bit tacky

And lo, the headlines were filled with puns, just as the road was filled with pointy things. It made for an altogether odd day as Mark Cavendish led the peloton up a climb, while Peter Sagan sprinted up a steep climb with a breakaway as the leaders all found themselves needing new wheels – and […]

Tour de France 2012: Hitting the wall

One of the key features of this year’s Tour has been the organisers hunt through France for some of the steepest roads, rather than just settling for the highest. The theory is that this gives us much more exciting racing, especially in the post-EPO era, where you’re more likely to see sustainable attacks on short, […]

Tour de France 2012: The bonus rest day

So, the day where they turn the map the other way around and put the big mountains at the start of it becomes the day the breakaway stays away and delivers a winner. Yesterday was the Tour’s equivalent of declaration bowling in cricket – everyone has a contractual obligation to be there and deliver a […]

Tour de France 2012: When I want it, I’ll come and take it

Eleven stages done and we have our first candidate for ‘most over-analysed thirty seconds of this year’s Tour’ – amongst the English-speaking media, anyway (the French report is ‘Rolland first, Pinot second, others were also riding bikes yesterday’). Chris Froome’s sudden burst of acceleration with around four kilometres to go to La Toussoire, followed by […]