Bike racing evokes a roller coaster of emotions. For every peak of exhilarating excitement and sheer joy, there are the hurtles downward to despair. Here’s our take on what gave us pause for thought in 2017.
It was the finale of the 2017 UCI World Championships in Bergen and one of the most exciting – and mysterious – of the week. After remaining hidden for 267km, it was Peter Sagan taking the rainbow stripes for the third consecutive year with a bike throw in a photofinish with home favourite Alexander Kristoff. It was Michael Matthews, who was second in 2015, who took bronze. I suspect he’s wondering what the entire peloton is wondering: ‘Is there no way to beat Sagan if he sets his mind to the win?’
It’s time to run down the A to Z of the Tour de France 2017 – and we’re going to start with a song! Let’s go back to Dusseldorf when the Tour had yet to start and everyone was, in the words of the late Dusty Springfield… wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’.