Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fast Feelings

Racing down the Col de Portet d’Aspet on the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France on the 18 July 1995 the Italian rider, Fabio Casartelli, crashed on the 17% descent.  He died of head injuries on his way to hospital.  … Continue reading

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Invisible Miles

Pedro Delgado (winner of the 1988 edition of the Tour de France) used to talk about the disparity between the number of kilometres set by the Tour organisers and the number of kilometres they actually had to ride.  Warming up … Continue reading

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My Rainbow Jersey

The cycling World Championship (‘The Worlds’) takes place this month in Denmark.  The winner wears the rainbow jersey at all the races throughout the next twelve months.  I was recently given one such jersey (size XXXL) for my birthday. Delusions of grandeur?  Possibly, given … Continue reading

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Cycle Shorts

As I wrote in a  previous edition of this blog, Laurent Fignon, known as ‘Le Professor’, winner of the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984, failed to win the Tour in 1989 by the narrowest of margins. One contributing factor … Continue reading

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