TotW: Pantani is a Paradox, Jens rides the New Forest and Boom goes the Urals

What a task sifting the tweets from the chaff this week! So many stories, from Froome’s first win in Oman to the sky falling in Russia (and being propped back up by CAS)! I’ve also linked to articles and embedded any interesting videos mentioned, just to make sure you’ve not missed anything. With that in mind, let’s go to …


Chris Froome took his first ever professional stage race on Saturday at the Tour of Oman. Good for him! He did a gutsy job of holding off Rodriguez, Contador and Evans, who were all in great form. Bradley Wiggins was also in the race, although he kept pretty much to the back when he wasn’t working for Froome. I think these two pictures from Sky really illustrate the yin and yang of Wiggins and Froome (or yang and yin of Froome and Wiggins). Continue reading

Friday Feature: Giro d’Italia starts on foreign soil

This year the Giro d’Italia started over 1,000 kilometres north of its traditional home. The preliminaries, team presentation and the first three stages were held in bike-friendly Denmark. It’s been adjudged a huge success and builds on the bike euphoria engendered by last year’s very successful Road World Championships just outside Copenhagen.

So, it got me wondering. The Giro often has incursions into neighbouring countries but how many times has the Giro started outside of Italy? Read on and find out.

For nearly half a century, the Giro pretty much started and finished in Milan, home to the headquarters of the race’s founders and organisers, the delightfully pink-paged La Gazzetta dello Sport. After 1960, both the point of departure and arrival frequently changed, only to be restored in 1990. To commemorate its 100th birthday in 2009, the Giro finished in Rome, just as it had in 1911 and 1950. The magnificent 2010 edition of the race concluded in Verona – site of Wednesday’s team time-trial – as it had in 1981 and 1984.

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Happy Birthday Andrey Mizurov

Andrey Mizurov, Kazakh national road race champion  (image courtesy of Miwako Sasachini)

Andrey Mizurov, Kazakh national road race champion (image courtesy of Miwako Sasachini)

Andrey Mizurov made the news recently when he was accused by Thomas Voeckler, in an article in L’Equipe, of throwing a bidon at him. Does Andrey have anger management issues? No, he’s very mild-mannered, both on and off the bike, and quite categorically refutes the accusation. Continue reading