I was out on the bike at crack of dawn today – my buddy John comes over, we go for a potter up the coast then have a coffee and a scone at the Beach House in Portobello – if you see us, give us a smile; scowls use a lot more energy, guys.

As they say on "The Fast Show", Tyler is a "good guy".
As they say on “The Fast Show”, Tyler is a “good guy”.

I covered the Hamburg Classic today; it was a good finale and great to see Tyler Farrar win.

Tyler won a Tirreno stage back at the start of the year and I managed to get his phone number through other contacts at Garmin.

I’ve kept in touch with him through the Giro and Tour – Martin and I followed him in the Annecy TT at the Tour.

He’s a cool guy, and I knew that he had the big wins in him – there are more to come, too. I’ve an interview soon with him.

Talking of interviews, Pete Jacques (look out for our interview with him on VeloVeritas soon) put me in touch with Six Day star Leif Lampater and I had a chat with him tonight.

He’s just back after a sore crash – the pics of his face after it are scary.

Lampater is one of those very few people born to ride a track bike – it’s hard to know where the Giant ends and he starts.

I did an interview with him at the Copenhagen six and was struck by his self belief and confidence.

One day, he’ll be the “daddy” of the boards – you heard it here first !