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Froome: le Dauphin

The preponderance of mountains in the final week gave an unfoar advantage to les grimpeurs (climbers) but still produced one of the most exciting Tours in years. Chris Froome went into yesterday’s stage defending a 2′ 38″ lead and knowing the Columbian Nauri Quintana must attack [...]

July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Zoom on Froome. Is this right?

I do not always agree or support the sporting press. Particularly in football I find them too ready to report incident rather than analyse, too self important and pompous in positioning themselves as an interface between fan and the game. However in my sport, which has been so besmirched by doping [...]

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Le Tour: so far

With a 2’52” lead Chris Froome looks unassailable. As much credit must go to Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte his minders and wingmen at SKY as to the lead rider with his superhuman strength. It’s a sad reflection on our sport that questions are asked as to whether this was [...]

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Le Tour de France

Every National Rust sporting review inevitably begins with a call from John Pargiter for betting advice. The big four – Alberto Contador, Chris Froome , Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana – have dominated cycling to such an extent that one of them has won every major event save one [...]

July 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Life after cricket

Albert Trott famously hit the ball over the Lords pavilion for 6. His last shot was to his own head with a service revolver. Cricketers  perhaps more than any other sportsmen are afflicted by mental issues. One of the reasons for this is the uncertainty once their  career is finished. There are [...]

June 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ivan again

It’s becoming the Ivan Conway show as yet again I’m posting. Hopefully the readers will bear with me. This time its more about Matt Prior and cycling. I saw Matt at the Players Club at Arundel  and later at at Luke Wright’s Dinner at the Old Forge Storrington. Matt was with [...]

June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

That’s it – enough!

This could get me into trouble, but my hatred of cyclists knows no bounds and I don’t care. Never mind that, at the set of traffic lights just fifty yards from my home, my conservative estimate is that 40% of those pedalling on two wheels completely ignore red lights and simply keep going, at [...]

August 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

What a difference a day makes

With no particular interest in sport myself, I’m currently dipping in and out of the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games now taking place in Glasgow. However, over the weekend I noticed a classic example of glaring lazy, if not shoddy, British media journalism. Specifically, a [...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Couch potato

There has been a debate on these pages on the relative advantages of attending an event or watching it on tv. Yesterday I wanted to follow three sporting events: the second Test against India, a crucial mountain stage of the Tour de France and the second day of the Open at Hoylake. I [...]

July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

How to rack up the pressure on the drug cheats

Let me begin by declaring an interest. I am a rabid hard-liner on the use of performing-enhancement drugs in sport, any sport. In my view, anyone who is found to have transgressed the rules in place that are designed to catch drug cheats should – as a matter of principle – be banned from taking [...]

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

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