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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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) … Continue reading Tour de France 2016 – Stage Winners
It is one of the most iconic sights in cycling. The malliot jaune, astride a glittering, science fiction bicycle decked out in the finest aerodynamic garb, coursing through the fields of sunflowers to cement or defend their glory. It has … Continue reading Endangered: Time Trials