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Le Tour/ final mountain stage

It’s been the most unpredictable and engaging of Tours and yesterday followed this. I switched on early for the category 1 climb of Roselend only to be informed because of hailstorms the race was to be abandoned for the second stage running. It’s a difficult decision for the race organisers who [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sunday’s sport

Team orders v individual assertion; that is the story of F1 and this year’s Tour de France. Egan Behgal of the Ineos team could have won on Saturday but he is the domestique to team leader Geraint Thomas. Chris Froomee was the same to Bradley Wiggins and Thomas to Froome. Now its Beghal’s [...]

July 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tour de France /stage 13

One of the joys of sport is its unpredictability. That is why I’m cynical of those who try to reduce performance and strategy to statistical analysis. We wake up each morning and sometimes feel energised and optimistic, other times not. Our cat Tiddles can also sleep all day or be skittish and [...]

July 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wednesday’s sport

To the many benefits that Abbie summarised in favour of TV watching I would add the capacity to watch several sports on one day rather then being committed to the one you attend. Yesterday was a case in point when I watched the conclusion on the reserve day of New Zealand v India, the men ‘s [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Promenade Des Anglais

As our group strolled the Promenade Des Anglais yesterday morning in the brightest of weather with a turquoise sea I was sad that our cycling correspondent Guy Danaway was not with us as there was a terrific exhibition of photographs on it called The Tour in Nice to celebrate Le Grand Depart from [...]

March 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

A weekly round-up of sorts

The Rust sports department unashamedly reports from time to time upon its pet campaigning topics – this year performance-enhancing drugs (as usual); gender issues; athlete-health/welfare; aspects of sporting ‘business reality; and just corruption generally – and therefore today makes no [...]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thomas Le Roi

It’s something of an irony that football is the British national sport and the World  Cup was won by France whose national sport is cycling and their marquee event Le Tour De France is going to be won by a Briton. In many ways it’s been an unsavoury tour of loutish behaviour by fans and [...]

July 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A viewer’s view

We coach potatoes have our likes and dislikes when it comes to commentators and analysts. I sometimes wonder that one of the reasons why the Rust advocates no attendance as it saves sending out the chief sports correspondent, normally one of the highest paid on the paper, possessed of a creative [...]

July 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alpe d’Huez and 1st Day of Open

After such an enjoyable World Cup, I feared the After The Party syndrome but yesterday afternoon’s sport watched on the Pargiter sofa was as good as it gets. I settled on the crucial mountain stage of Alpe d’Huez. With its 21 hairpin bends and steepling ascents it would surely determine at the [...]

July 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

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