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Reader’s Rant: the Sagan Saga (Comments Off)

August 1, 2017 • by VeloVeritas

It was Public Image Ltd. who sang; ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ and whilst VeloVeritas and many of our regular readers feel that the Manx Missile committed ‘Cavicide’ by going for a gap which wasn’t there in the ‘Sagan Saga’ where the Slovak was alleged to have deliberately decked Cavendish and was consequently turfed off the race, not everyone shares our view.

VeloVeritas reader Bill has penned us a well argued case for excommunication for Peter Sagan which we thought you may like to see; read on!

The VV View: a Funny Old Week (Comments Off)

June 20, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s been a funny old week – it’s always the same, there’s that void after a Grand Tour and it’s hard to fill. Dumoulin ‘done good’ to win; if you’re as old as me you can remember the last Grand Tour win by a Dutchman, Joop Zoetemelk in 1980 in the colours of TI Raleigh; he’d won the Vuelta the previous year and as well as his Tour win finished in second spot six times – with a record 16 Tour finishes off 16 starts.

His predecessor as a Dutch Grand Tour winner was the cool, bespectacled Jan Janssen whose 1968 Tour win was also preceded by a Vuelta win in 1967. Dumoulin is now being touted as The Netherlands next Tour de France winner – so he can look forward to a year’s worth of pressure from the Media. But the Giro isn’t the Tour; we can come up with a dozen names that could win the Giro but never the Tour – Hesjedal, Menchov, Di Luca, Salvoldelli, Simoni, Garzelli and we could go on. All good riders and Giro winners but they were never Tour winners.

Reader’s Rant: The Death of Michele Scarponi (Comments Off)

April 29, 2017 • by VeloVeritas

Last Saturday I, like many others, was stunned by the news of Scarponi’s death, and every day I’ve become increasingly saddened, indeed, angered by it. I don’t know why his death should affect me this way and not any other cyclist’s needless demise on the public road and I’m writing not only in the hope that I’ll get it out of my system, but to make some observations I believe need making.

The regular reporting of the vulnerability of cyclists, traffic incidents involving injury to or death of cyclists, seems to be creating a climate of apathy towards these events.

‘Oh, well. Can’t be helped. The driver probably didn’t see the cyclist. Maybe cyclists should be made to wear helmets and wear high visibility clothing.’

However, in this case the cyclist was a professional, expert bike rider, riding on a country road he must have known like the back of his hand, at a time and on a day when the volume of traffic was negligible, but I can’t find any publication, either in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy or anywhere on the web that is posing questions or making editorial comment that may help to explain how the incident happened and what can be learned to help other cyclists avoid this fate.

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Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.5km. Mollema in the mountains (Comments Off)

July 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Sunday, Stage 15 and VeloVeritas’s last shift on Tour – so we headed for the biggest hill we could find to remind ourselves how special and beautiful France and this race really are.

Today we’re in the heartland, perhaps not deepest agricultural ‘France Profonde;’ the rural, simple, beautiful heart of the nation, not with the gorges and cols – but it’s quiet, lovely and some of the simple, striking images surprise as you drive the parcours.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez, 181.5km. Michael Matthews makes it two in a row for Sunweb (Comments Off)

July 15, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

Yes, there are days when we’ve criticised the racing – those endless ‘sprinter stages’ where only the last five minutes saves the day. But we were puzzled by the comments we saw about yesterday’s stage to Rodez on social media; the “Bore de France” and the break “allowed for purely commercial reasons”?

Yes, it was a ‘breakaway stage’ but after two days such as we’ve had with Bardet then Barguil’s wins on tough stages in the Pyrenees it would be difficult to expect another big GC battle.

Le Tour de France 2017 – Stage 13: Saint-Girons – Foix, 101km. Barguil on Bastille Day! (Comments Off)

July 14, 2017 • by Ed Hood and Martin Williamson

VeloVeritas soothsayer, Viktor and I have long been critics of Warren Barguil (Sunweb & France) as a ‘one hit wonder,’ with his two stage wins in the Vuelta in 2013 then very little else; but in this Tour he’s certainly been reborn.

He was so close to Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale & Colombia) last Sunday after being the hero of the day and today, on Bastille Day he scored the biggest and most beautiful win of his career with a historic stage victory. 

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Pavel Sivakov – the hottest U23 property in the world (Comments Off)

August 18, 2017 • by Ed Hood

What’s the best thing an aspiring world class athlete can do? Pick their parents carefully, of course. The hottest U23 property in the world right now, Pavel Sivakov did that very thing; dad Alexei was a pro for 10 years with Roslotto, BigMat, CCC and Auber 93. As an amateur he won the Tour of Serbia and as a pro the Circuito Montanes; he rode the Vuelta and three Tours de France.

Mum, Aleksandra Koliaseva? How’s twice world team trial champion, Russian Road race Champion and runner up in the Ladies’ Giro?

The young man himself is just 20 years-old and has been rampant this season winning three of the biggest U23 races on the calendar: the French Ronde de L’Isard and the Italian ‘Baby’ Giro and Giro Valle d’Aosta – all three major shop windows for the World Tour talent scouts. Both of his parents are Russian but Pavel was born in Italy and has lived most of his life in La Belle France.

John Archibald – 12 seconds off a podium spot at the British 25 Mile TT Championships (Comments Off)

August 16, 2017 • by Ed Hood

It’s not a lot of time is 12 seconds; around 250 metres at the speeds they go at these days; but that’s what separated Scottish 25 Mile Time Trial Champion, John Archibald from the podium of the CTT National 25 mile championship in Wales on Sunday.

Man of the moment, Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) won his seventh British title of the year in 45:40 from Tim Cartwright (Newbury CC) 45:59 with champion for the last two years, Ryan Perry (Raleigh GAC) relegated to third with 46:11 to Archibald’s sterling 46:23.

That had to be the first question VeloVeritas asked; “Could you have found 12 seconds, John?”

Dan Bigham – the new mens’ 25 Mile Time Trial Champion for 2017 (Comments Off)

August 14, 2017 • by Ed Hood

We’re proud of our record here at VeloVeritas; we’ve interviewed every British 25 mile time trial champion since 2005.

Michael Hutchinson, Jason MacIntyre (rest in peace), Joe Perrett, Matt Bottrrill, Ryan Perry – and this year is no exception with Dan Bigham (Brother NRG Wattshop) taking time to chat to us about his seventh British title of the year [adding to CTT ‘50,’ CTT Circuit TT, TTT, kilometre, individual pursuit and team pursuit] and his ambitions for the future.

Bigham recorded 45:40 in Wales on Sunday to take the title by 19 seconds from Tim Cartwright (Newbury CC) with Scotland’s John Archibald (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) a fine fourth with 46:23, just 12 seconds off bronze, which was taken by champion for the previous two years, Ryan Perry (Raleigh GAC), we’ll be running an interview on VeloVeritas with John about his excellent ride within the next few days.

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