You could be forgiven for looking at the WorldTour in 2017, with its races in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Great Britain, Canada, the United States and China, as well as teams licensed to Bahrain, Kazakhstan and South Africa and assuming that given its name and make up it has always been driven towards the proliferation of […]Read More WorldTour, Worldwide?
Mark Cavendish wins so often that it’s a news story in itself when he loses, provoking major inquests and minor crises. The Manx Missile has triumphed in at least once race every year since turning professional in 2005 – 13 straight years – during which he has ascended to third in the all-time Grand Tour stage win […]Read More Efficiency: Who wins the most stages per Tour?
All statistics accurate as of 28/1/2017 It is fairly well established that a day in the leader’s jersey at one of the three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana – can be as valuable for a rider’s career as if they had won a stage of the same […]Read More Grand Tour Leader’s Jerseys – Wearers
This comes, of al things, out of a Twitter interaction with Daniel Friebe, of Mountain High and Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal fame. Friebe posted: Italian teams in 1997 Giro d’Italia: 16* Italian teams in 2017 Giro d’Italia: 2 San Marino, for purposes of my argument, you’re Italy. — Daniel Friebe (@friebos) 18 January 2017 Italian […]Read More Is Italian cycling in the doldrums?
When Katusha’s Michael Mørkøv climbed off his bicycle on the road to Luchon, ending his involvement in the eighth stage of the 2016 Tour de France, he was writing his name into (admittedly very cycling specific) Trivial Pursuit answer books for years to come. The reason? Mørkøv was the first man to abandon the entire race, […]Read More Giving up: Abandon Rates since ’98
Under 27.04? Then good news! You are still below the average age of a grand tour stage winning rider: your hopes of turning pro and becoming a star still have a glimmer of hope. However, whilst your youth may give you some cause for optimism, you’re probably pretty unlikely to take home the record for […]Read More Never too old? Age and Grand Tour Stage Winners
This year sees the Tour de France being contested by multiple, multiple winners (if you watch my drift…) for the first time since 1994, when Greg Lemond (on three wins) and Miguel Indurain (in the process of taking a fourth) rode together for the last time. Twelve years on, we now have Chris Froome (2013 […]Read More Tour de France 2016 – Stage Winners