The 2013 WorldTour calendar draws to a conclusion with the third running of the Tour of Beijing – also known as the Tony Martin Invitational. It’s one final chance for teams and riders to scoop up valuable points before unclipping their shoes for the off-season.
The World Championships have been completed, and the 2013 cycling season enters its last knockings as October dawns. The WorldTour is drawing to a close, and one last flurry of races across Europe heralds the start of the off-season. But that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of good racing still to come this month. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store.
In part one of our end-of-season round table, we looked back on our favourite races, riders and moments from the 2012 season, and we saw that it was good. However, the year wasn’t all a bed of roses – there were plenty of thorns too. The second part of our discussion looks at underperforming ‘super-teams’, the conundrum of China and the doping scandals which have shaken the sport to its core over the past 11 months. Continue reading