Bradley Wiggins (Sky) continued his trail-blazing 2012 season to become the first British winner of the Tour de Romandie. Despite losing the yellow jersey on the penultimate day, with a final ITT and only 9 seconds between himself and Rabobank’s Luis-Leon Sanchez, it seemed that the race was Wiggins’ to lose.
The winner’s jersey was a fitting belated birthday present for Wiggins – 32 on Saturday – and in his after-race press conference, he talked about just how far he has come as a rider:
It was a true test of a GC rider; it had a bit of everything in it plus a mechanical for myself. I’m pleased with the way I handled that moment because a few years ago I might have thrown my toys out of the pram and chucked my bike down the ravine! It was a good test for the bigger races coming up and I’m delighted.
Inigo Asensi at work (image courtesy of Joserra Alvarez)
I’m back in my favourite spot on the VeloVoices sofa sipping an espresso and chatting with Iñigo Asensio who – among many other things – commentates live at all professional cycle races in the Basque country, in Basque. He is to Basque cycling what Daniel Mangeas is to French, but with a twist.
Let me explain. While spectators near to the finish line at French races generally have the benefit of a big screen to watch the action unfold, they frequently don’t in Spain. It’s left to the commentators to convey, as expressively as possible, what’s going on. The skills required to be, in effect, a radio commentator are different, and arguably broader, than those for television. Continue reading →
Many were surprised by Tuesday’s winner of the Tour of Turkey‘s queen stage. Ivailo Gabrovski is a Bulgarian who rides for local Continental Team Konya Turku Seker Spor, though I fail to understand why. Here’s a rider who won the overall in 2007 and who knows the lie of the land.
Gabrovski celebrates winning stage 3 (image courtesy of official race website)