Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Duelling Trains

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Duelling Trains. There’s something about certain sporting moments when two competitors meet each other in their pomp and just go head to head. There’s a minimum of tactics, and a maximum of fireworks, and we, the interested onlookers can only marvel at how good this is, and wonder who will crack first?

Some of my favourite moments include the Daniel Komen-Haile Gebresellasie 5km & 10km track & field battles in the mid-90s; the Australia-Great Britain Teams Pursuit at the World Track Champs last year, and in last year’s Tour, the Schleck-Contador duel on the Tourmalet.

Looking at the lead-out trains for the two big sprinter teams this year, and there is potential for something similar in the coming sprint stages of the Tour. HTC vs Garmin at TdF 2011 could well be one for the ages. Couple the long history of bad-blood between the teams with the out & out horsepower at their collective disposal, and you’re looking at some of the quickest final kilometres ever.