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A defining stage

Tour cycling is both an individual and team sport. The ‘domestiques’ (literally ‘servants’) have to support the team leader. Famously on this very stage of Pau to Peyragudes, Chris Froome once had to sacrifice victory for Bradley Wiggins and yesterday Landa did the same for [...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Tour de France

I was rather pleased with so much sport this weekend that my personal take on cycling should make the front page. Reporting on cycling these days is like apologising for halitosis. Its a sport that Team Sky dominates but scandal never seems far off to puncture any achievement. Those who are [...]

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sporting reflections upon a July weekend

Like I suspect all who regard themselves as avid sports-followers, whilst I have my favourites and my ‘avoids’ – most of them originally chosen from the array I played (or didn’t) in my schoolboy youth – if push should come to shove of a free afternoon in which to indulge myself, [...]

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

One of the few ethical issues that trouble those that wager on sport is betting against your own team. On one hand there are those that say why not, winning can be a consolation for defeat on the pitch, whilst others view it as heresy. It is undoubtedly true that having a financial interest in the [...]

July 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

A long sporting day

In the old days before I wrote for the Rust and participated in the Great Debate (attendance v tv) it was a gimme that if I had a ticket – by no means easy to obtain – I would invariably go to the event. In those pre-SKY days there was virtually no live football, cricket and the BBC had [...]

July 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Losing it on the descent

For me, Frankie Howerd was one of those ‘Marmite’ comedians – you either loved or hated him. As I remember his career, he originally made his name in the British late Music Hall and early radio era (he even had his own comic strip in The Beano or some similar kids’ publication) but then [...]

March 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The whiff of rotting fish

For organisations such as British Cycling and Team Sky – who have both wallowed in the reflected glory of their supposed legendary attention to detail, pursuit of ‘marginal gains’ and savvy media relations all based around their avowed core principle of seeking to be a beacon of [...]

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Transparency – and smoke, fire and maybe mirrors

Regular Rust readers will be aware that on the proverbial sports desk we take a uniformly tough line on the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes, irrespective of their sport or game. Our robust attitude does not quite reach ‘guilty until proven innocent’ territory but – because [...]

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Someone needs to get a grip

Having yesterday posted to the Rust on the subject of boxing and then a broadcasting cock-up during Radio Five Live’s celebratory coverage on the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 soccer World Cup win, I had not expected to be back against quite as soon as today. Nevertheless, I find [...]

August 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

The lessons of Team Sky

Watching the careful nursing of Chris Froome up and over Joux Plan reminded me of Sir Alex Ferguson in a documentary about himself saying he keeps a photo of migrating geese in his office for it’s a perfect formation. Froome was injured the day before and the road down from the mountain was [...]

July 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

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