Talking Tactics: Where the wind blows

Welcome to my new weekly column which will look at various aspects of racing tactics and strategy. With the Tour of Qatar currently taking place on mostly large and open desert expanses, I’m going to kick off this week with a look at one of the most important yet invisible influences on sprint stages: the wind. Continue reading

Tour de Luxembourg review

The Tour de Luxembourg finished in a stage victory for Lotto-Belisol’s Jurgen Roelandts while Jakob Fuglsang took the overall – a much-needed boost for RadioShack-Nissan. As conditions on the last stage were nothing less than horrific, the GC race was neutralised after the first of the final eight 6.8km laps, leaving Fuglsang with a two and five-second lead over Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) and teammate Frank Schleck respectively and the race win.

RadioShack director sportif Kim Andersen had made the team’s objective very clear at the start of the race. Continue reading