The Fear of Winning

A scary moment? In recent interviews the likes of Dan Martin and Richie Porte have both expressed a similar idea: a fear of winning. In the recent Tour of Poland Dan Martin confessed to being uncomfortable with the lead and the pressure that came with it. We saw a visible example in the 2009 Dauphiné … Read more

Pink Jersey Auction

Was this year’s Giro d’Italia one of the best editions in living memory? Certainly it was for me, especially once the race returned to home soil we saw some impressive racing. The epic stage on the strade bianche, the numerous summit finishes including the near-insane Zoncolan climb. I can remember other moments, the giant breakaway … Read more

Szmyd vs. Contador

Just a quickie… writing on his blog, Polish climber Sylvester Szmyd says that one additional factor behind Astana’s and Contador’s willingness to chase him was because the Pole turned down an offer to ride with Contador for next year. Szmyd tried everything for Alpe d’Huez, even “chewing my breakfast more slowly” but above all he … Read more