I think most of us would agree that cycling has a lot of benefits – physical, mental, financial – and that riding a bike gives a person a certain autonomy, a freedom to come and go as you please – a self reliance. So my Christmas gift guide this year is dedicated to charities and non-profits that help make cycling accessible for those whose lives could significantly change by having two wheels to set them on their way. Give once, give regularly, volunteer or even just find your own way to spread the velolove where it’s needed most. Any way you want to do it, giving back is the best gift you can give. Continue reading
This prestigious award is not decided on by mere trifles such as UCI points or pay slips. Like our regular Rider of the Race accolade, this title goes to the rider who has leapt out and grabbed us with his panache, made us laugh, made us cry and most of all made us LOVE this sport.
Previous winners: 2012 – Bradley Wiggins; 2013 – Peter Sagan; 2014 – Michal Kwiatkowski; 2015 – Peter Sagan; 2016 – Peter Sagan; 2017 -Tom Dumoulin
Thibaut Pinot has had a marvellous season and it’s fitting that it’s been capped off by the Frenchman’s first Monument win with Lombardia. In great late season form, he took his second Italian win this week by cracking Vincenzo Nibali on Civiglio, the penultimate climb of the race, to take a beautiful solo win. Nibali held on for second with Dylan Teuns putting in a solid performance to round out the podium.