Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II

The second week of a Grand Tour traditionally sees the turning of the screw; the ramping up of pressure, on whoever holds the yellow jersey, and those who are in close proximity. If the first week is attritional and the final week is a full-blooded attack, the central week is the firing of shots; theContinue reading “Tour de France 2021: Rest Day Reflections II”

Tour de France 2021 – Rest Day Reflections 1

In the past, it’s not been uncommon to find the first week of a Grand Tour a somewhat staid affair; cagey GC teams not wanting to show their cards too early; often an emphasis on flat sprint stages as the mountains await deeper into the race. A succession of twitchy, nervous days are spent notContinue reading “Tour de France 2021 – Rest Day Reflections 1”

Agent of Chaos II: The Legacy Edition

The narrative around MVDP and his participation at the Tour de France has shifted quite dramatically over the past few months. As early as last December he said the Tour was ‘very inconvenient’ and once again in February, before the beginning of the road season, the Alpecin-Fenix rider stated that he would ride the TourContinue reading “Agent of Chaos II: The Legacy Edition”

Tour de France 2021: Three-Word Preview

To coin a phrase drawn from American sports, sometimes life throws you a curveball. When you record a frankly top notch Tour de France preview for a podcast and the recorder cuts out after 20 minutes, that’s a prime example. Such a fate befell myself, Inigo Hawkings and Nathan Hardy of the Quicklink Podcast teamContinue reading “Tour de France 2021: Three-Word Preview”

Agent of Chaos: the Unfathomable Mindset of MVDP

The psychological burden of performing at the top level in any sport cannot be underestimated. It’s understandable that it’s sometimes neglected, given the physical strains that the body must endure, but it undeniably takes a master of both the physical and psychological to perform at an elite level in any athletic endeavour. Nowhere is thisContinue reading “Agent of Chaos: the Unfathomable Mindset of MVDP”