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Vingegaard‘s yellow jersey

Le Tour is both a team and individual event. Team because the team leader is dependent on his ‘domestiques’. The Sky team under Dave Brailford – now Ineos Grenadiers – had initially Bradley Wiggins supported by Chris Froome. Froome took over as team leader, winning the yellow jersey [...]

July 20, 2023 // 0 Comments

Summer of sport excels

It’s been bloody awful weather but no one can criticise the quality of summer sport. Over the weekend Carlos Alcaraz – the young pretender – claimed the title from serial major winner Novak Djokovic and Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogecar continued their fascinating Tour de France duel [...]

July 17, 2023 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Tour de France

This was the triumph of the team over the individual. Tadej Pogacar simply did not have the back up to beat the superb Jonas Vaugigaard but the Dane’s Sigma team notably Wout van Aert supported him admirably. The tour began in Copenhagen  so it was appropriate that a Dane wore the yellow [...]

July 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

Le Tour

Yesterday I watched an enthralling 5th stage of the Tour de France which followed the route more or less of the great classic Paris-Roubaix. Much of the terrain is cobbled narrow tracks which in the one day classic leads to a exacting race as the cobbled stones shake up the riders and in the rain [...]

July 7, 2022 // 0 Comments

Bienvenu aux Rusteurs

I was so delighted after 3 years absence to see the Rust Team back in my city. We had an awful lockdown with restaurants and the market closed. Older Nicois said it was worse than the German occupation. The city is now its old vibrant self with almost all restrictions lifted. We now have new [...]

April 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

For me, it’s one Bridge too far …

Regular visitors to this organ will be aware that we have previously covered the case of the transgender Emily Bridges which is currently a cause celebre in British – and to some extent also now world – cycling. Today I return to it because of the latest development. Emily issued a [...]

April 2, 2022 // 0 Comments

My TV sporting weekend

Once again I found Premiership rugby produced the most enjoying sporting spectacle. My anticipation of Harlequins v Saracens was tempered by the absence on international duty of many of the stars. No Farrell v Smith, Dombrandt v Vinipola – nor the aggression of Joe Marler scrumming against [...]

November 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Positively ignoring my first Olympics

In accordance with what seems to have become a newly-adopted Rust policy stance that elite sporting games/events staged in the absence of crowds are unedifying to the extent of being unwatchable, I am currently “not watching” the Tokyo Olympics. Despite whatever brave and noble performances our [...]

July 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

In praise of Mark Cavendish

With all the hoopla of the Euros and Wimbledon Mark Cavendish’s win yesterday has rather slipped under the radar. The Manxman is now within one of Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins and he still has four more sprints to come including the finale at Paris. This is all the more praiseworthy as [...]

July 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Le Tour – so far

I watched Friday and Saturday’s stages in the company of a cycling aficionado and 2 wine experts – a  fruitful combination. Normally the first week of the Tour can be dull as the riders traverse the flatland of northern France before hitting the more demanding mountain stages. This week [...]

July 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

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