Friday Feature: David Harmon interview (part 1)

Cycling fans everywhere were dealt a blow this week when they learned via Twitter that the voice of cycling, David Harmon, from the home of cycling, Eurosport, would be taking an extended break. Following my exclusive, lengthy chat with him last weekend in the warm Niçois sunshine, he shares his thoughts on a wide range of cycling-related topics, in this first of a two-part interview, with more on why and what he’s going to be doing while he’s ‘on a break’ to follow in the second instalment later today. Continue reading

AntBanter: When cyclists get angry

It’s no secret that cycling is a highly charged sport, and emotions are frequently on display. For sure, the honesty of raw emotion is one of the many great things about the sport. It’s hardly surprising when guys are in the saddle giving it full gas for hours at a time, day after day, that riders sometimes struggle to keep a level head, and emotions boil over. It might be tears of celebration, the anguish of defeat or the pure comedy of a full on strop, but from time to time, most riders will ‘lose their sh*t’, and I now intend to celebrate this with a pick of some of our favourite undignified moments from cycling’s video vaults. (As some of these have been in the vaults for a long time, the quality is less than pristine, but it’s worth persevering.) Continue reading

Talking Tactics: Key factors in determining the Giro winner

Rather than look back on the Ardennes, this week I’m going to look forward to the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Naples in just ten days’ time. This year’s edition looks set to be as close and unpredictable as 2012’s. There’s no doubting the class present in the field, and the outcome of the race will depend on a number of key variables. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts on the five key factors which will decide the winner of the 2013 Giro. Continue reading