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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

[Embarrassed cough] … Sorry, I’ll be on my bike, then

Once again risking the wrath of the PC-brigade and the accusation that the Rust has been captured by a bunch of a unit of misogynistic male curmudgeons, I return today to the complex subject of female sport in its widest sense – viz. encapsulating aspects such as gender equality, positive [...]

July 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cav superstar

If Mark Cavendish was a Frenchman he would be hailed as a national sports hero and demi-God. His 29th win in the Tour De France elevates him above Bernard Hinault and second only to the legendary Eddy Merckx in the all time Tour standings. This is quite some record but I doubt if it will make him [...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

In pursuit of sports equality

For good or ill, today I return to the vexed and ultimately related problems of sexism in sport and extreme political-correctness – a subject that re-emerges from time to time on this highly-regarded media organ. I am taking as my text for this purpose the article that appears today upon the [...]

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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