It was supposed to be a battle in 3 between reigning Tour de France champion Team Sky’s British leader Chris Froome, 2 time winner Saxo-Tinkoff’s Spanish ace Alberto Contador and reigning Giro d’ Italia champion Italian Vincenzo Nibali of Team Astana, but as is so often the case in professional cycling this one didn’t go according to script. By the end of the 10th stage of this years edition of the Tour de France Froome and Contador would both be at home licking their various wounds, the former a couple of broken bones in his wrist and hand and the latter a fractured leg, leaving Astana’s Nibali to dominate the race and win largely unchallenged.
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As the second day (night) of competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games gets rolling we’ve already seen some incredible performances. It started on the first night in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with Australia’s flag bearer, the magnificent sprint cyclist Anna Mears, winning Gold in the Women’s 500m time trial in a performance that long time arch rival England’s Victoria Pendleton described as ‘perfect’. It was Mears 3rd straight Comm Games gold in the event and her 5th overall, moving her one gold ahead of her childhood hero Kathy Watt. She beat compatriot and roommate Steph Morton into silver.
That fantastic performance was followed by another, with the Aussie men’s 4000m team pursuit’ers also winning Gold by smashing an English opponent featuring one of the finest all-around cyclists of all time in Sir Bradley Wiggins. Wiggo has enjoyed tormenting the Aussies over the years somewhat ironically given his Dad is Australian, but Jack Bobridge and his teammates in green and gold made Sir Brad look, dare we say it ordinary, such was their dominance.
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The first week and a bit of the 2014 Tour de France is done and dusted (or drowned more appropriately), and what a nine days of racing we’ve seen. As we approach the first rest day we figured it was time to take stock.
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