We all know that feeling of being on the limit on a steep climb, over-geared and desperately trying to keep balanced whilst grinding slowly up the hill. In the 1987 Tour of Flanders Jesper Skippy was experiencing that exact emotion on the infamous Koppenberg – a 22% wall of rough cobbled pain. This climb is […]
Bernard Hinault always imposed his authority on a race. As one of the last great patrons, Le Badger made sure everyone knew who was in charge when he was racing. In the 1985 Tour de France, Hinault was heading for his fifth win and wearing yellow as a group charged into Saint-Étienne. Following this […]
One of the drawbacks of watching cycling is that you see little of the incredible descending skills the top riders possess. Limited camera bikes and ad break schedules seem to prevent much of this action appearing on screen. In 2011 at the Tour de Suisse though, Italian rider Damiano Cunego gave a descending masterclass on […]
Anyone who suggests a cycle path as being the safest place to ride a bike might want to watch this. The Dutch and Belgian races are often characterised by streets covered in road furniture and sometimes they can have quite an impact, like here during the 2012 Tour of Flanders.
Milan San Remo, the sprinters classic. Over 270 kilometres of racing, usually decided on the famous Poggio climb. Here it was in 1992, that Italian favourite Moreno Argentin led alone in the closing few kilometres to the finish. Argentin had never won the race and was desperate to do so. In the chasing group though, […]
Eric Vanderaerden was the greatest talent to come out of Belgium since Eddy Merckx. In some ways his career never seemed to fulfil its potential, but then the pressure on any cyclist from Belgium is immense. Eric was a fabulous time-trialist and sprinter, winning the Tour de France prologue and wearing the yellow jersey for […]
Something of a legend in the Giro, this climb was described by Lance Armstrong as the hardest he’d ever ridden. It’s probably why he never visited the Giro often. 12.4 kilometres in length, climbing 1300 metres with an average percentage of 10.5% maxing out at 18% the Mortirolo has become something of a monument to Marco […]
It’s difficult to truly know who is the best descender in cycling. Most of the talk from within cycling says that some of the sprinters and domestiques are clearly the fastest down the side of mountain, unfortunately for us, we don’t see most of that action. What we do know is, that this is one […]