Stage 19 of this years Giro d’Italia from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia was one of the most enthralling days of racing in the history of Grand Tours. It was the day the Maglia Rosa, looking so strong up until the days second climb, ended up losing 40 minutes to the stage winner and plummeted down to 17th place in the GC. The stage winner attacked … Continue reading Stage 19 Analysed
Greetings from the Tour de d’Italia, or day I say it, Ciao! A few days ago it would have been שלום, but I will not go into that. I would like to say that the race heated up today, exploded into action, or it had a Giro classic flow to it but I wont bother. What I will say though is that I managed to locate … Continue reading Ripwell Reports. Exclusive David Brailsford-Sir Interview.
“Time waits for no man, unless said man is in his retirement years. And said man can surely enjoy some peace and tranquility” as the old saying goes. Try telling that to a certain Mr Bradley Wiggins-Sir. In the year and a half since hanging up his bike to leisurely wile away his time at the regattadrome he has had none of the promised calm. … Continue reading Ripwell Reports. The Final Nail In Wiggins’ Coughin?
The famous historian and cyclist, Giles Ripwell, tries to get to the bottom of the latest furore involving Team Sky.
Crikey! It seems that hardly a month has gone by in the last year and a bit where there hasn’t been some kind of scandal surrounding Team Sky, the United Kingdoms of Great Britain’s number one cycling outfit. What with the TUE’s, jiffy bags, testosterone patches, recovery injections, and stolen computers there are now more gates in Sky’s recent history than in the founder of Microsoft’s house during a family get together. All of these episodes have hurt Sky’s reputation but they have managed to carry on regardless and have had a rather successful season. However Puffergate, the newest hoo-ha, might cause Team Sky to discombobulate like your laptop after a Windows update.
But that’s enough of the computer based analogies and time to find out exactly what the devil has happened and what the future may hold for those concerned with what has happened.
After four years of writing my blog and seeing a steady, if not dramatic, increase in readers I have decided to enter the website to the UK Blog Awards. I am hopeful that this will increase my exposure and take my ramblings to the next level. The public vote is now open and I would really appreciate the support of anyone who has enjoyed my … Continue reading UK Blog Awards
Finally after a tough week and a day we arrived at the grand finish in Cardiff, the biggest city in South Wales. As everyone knows the final stage always ends up in London but cycling there has been in lock down since the journalist Adam Boulton wrote a brilliant and well researched piece for some newspaper calling for an end to the “senseless worship of … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 8. Worcester to Cardiff.
Today was probably the hilliest of this years route. I managed to get the Strava KOM on the final climb of the day, The Winchcombe, known as the Col de la Coix de Fer of the Cotswolds. Unfortunately this created quite a storm on Twitters. The previous holder of the record time was a Mr Bob Pilchard and unbeknownst to me he has openly talked … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 7. Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.
Today’s stage started in Newmarket which is more known for its horse racing than cycling, though Tony Gallopin or Laura Trott would feel at home there! Also, this is a sprint stage so there will be no horse category climbs! Seriously though, it has been lovely talking to so many new riders this year. At my last Tour de of Britain I spent most of … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 6. Newmarket to Aldeburgh.
Today’s stage was held in the beautiful town of Clact-on-Sea. The peaceful atmosphere of this typical British seaside town ensures that plenty of day trippers visit the area for a stroll along the pier or perhaps to sit on the beach licking an iced cream and wonder what time the amusement arcade closes. This is a far cry from the Clact-on-Sea of over 50 years … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 5. Clacton Time Trial.
Today’s stage started under a cloak of secrecy and the feelings of nervousness which engulfed the peloton have never been seen at that level since David Brailsford-Sir watched Shane Sutton at the Parliamentary Select Committee. We snaked around the deserted streets of Mansfield, some keeping an eye on what was ahead of us and others watching the sky above. The experience reminded me of my … Continue reading Tour de of Britain, Stage 4. Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent.