It is half past four in the afternoon, but Geraint Thomas sounds like he’s just woken up when he answers the call from Cycling Weekly. “Sorry, I forgot you were going to ring,” he says. “I’d dropped off for a bit. I’ve not long been home after travelling back from the Tour of Germany, and […]
Author Peter Cossins remembers the young Belgian’s pivotal role in an extraordinary day of racing
With his neatly trimmed goatee and dashing brilliance on the bike, Julian Alaphilippe is France’s new musketeer, stealing hearts and putting his rivals to the sword, writes Pete Cossin
French former riders Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler’s long-time team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau once said that if he could marry the natural talent of the former with the ferocious determination and tactical nous of the latter, he would have a world-beater. In essence, he would have created Julian Alaphilippe, cycling’s number one rider, who cemented […]
Deceuninck-QuickStep produced the perfect demonstration of how to set up their sprinter for a bunch final in Chalons-sur-Saône, only to see the hard work they’d put in over six hours thwarted when Elia Viviani punctured as the peloton swept around the final turn 1,700 metres from the finish.
Frenchman insists Deceuninck didn’t make a mistake by giving Ciccone too much leeway