Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly January 24, 2019

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1 min.
start line 24.01

The adventures of Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse (pages 28-31) was one of the most uplifting stories of 2018. Their #nogotour was a hit on social media and reminded me of how I used to feel when riding my bike as a kid. We probably all think that the pros are having a great time riding their bikes — who doesn’t want to get paid for riding their bike every day?! But things change once you do something full time, for a wage, with the pressure to perform. Reading of their joy rediscovered through the freedom of riding their bikes wherever they wanted, reminded me of that feeling of getting to the end of my road. Left or right was the rest of the world and the next town a new, exciting…

2 min.
porte ditches racing for training in tour prep

Richie Porte has outlined a plan to train more and race less in the lead-up to the Tour de France as he commenced the 2019 season with new team Trek-Segafredo in Australia. At the Tour Down Under, Porte claimed his sixth consecutive stage victory on Willunga Hill to propel himself to second overall behind winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott). “It would have been nice to have won the GC here but it’s not a race really that’s suited to me, and now I realise that,” he said. “It’s maybe taken a change in teams to realise that — unless there is another hilltop finish.” The 33-year-old animated two stages of the WorldTour opener, which suited climbers, after staying in Tasmania over the winter to train. “It’s a good bunch of riders here and on the…

1 min.
the riders’ report cards

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) It’s difficult to mark down a rider who has become the first ever to defend the title of Tour Down Under winner. The South African rode superbly from his win on stage four to his staunch defence on the final climb of Willunga Hill to ensure Richie Porte finished second for the fourth time in five years. ★★★★★ Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) He fumbled a chance on stage five, sprinting too early into a headwind finish. Viviani was disappointed, especially given he’d anticipated similar conditions to take a commanding victory on day one. “We win smart the first stage, we lose like stupid today,” he said. “We did a perfect lead-out but not in that finish.” ★★★★ Wout Poels (Team Sky) Poels showed he was one of the strongest climbers on stage…

2 min.
jess varnish stands tall after losing case

Former track sprinter Jess Varnish said she has “no regrets” after losing her discrimination case against British Cycling and UK Sport, but that she already felt she had won by instigating change. The 28-year-old launched proceedings in an attempt to prove she was an employee of the two bodies. Varnish had been subjected to discriminatory language from former technical director Shane Sutton. She then needed to prove she was employed by British Cycling and UK Sport, rather than being self-employed, in order to sue the organisations for wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination. But the tribunal, held in Manchester, concluded last Wednesday (January 16) that Varnish was not an employee. In a statement, released last Thursday afternoon, she said: “I knew at the beginning of the trial, no matter the outcome, that I had already…

1 min.
my view

VERN PITT News editor There will have been a sigh of relief in the offices of British Cycling and UK Sport when Judge Ross’s decision was handed down last week. Varnish’s claim, that she was effectively an employee, had seismic potential to shake up how the funding of elite athletes works. Many in those administrations believed it’d lead to fewer athletes getting funded and at the very least it was going to create a lot of paperwork. Privately, BC’s leadership had been confident in its case, but the potential for it go the other way remained. But Ross’s decision came down squarely for BC and UK sport. Over 43 pages — over multiple issues — Ross found the relationship between Varnish and British Cycling and UK Sport did not have the characteristics of an…

2 min.
i’m fantastic. i need to change

I think I might be in love with myself. Not in the inspiring way, like that poster that reads: “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is an act of rebellion.” More in a Kanye West kind of way. (Please listen to ‘I Thought About Killing You’ if you’d like further enlightenment on Kanye’s style of self-love.) I realised I was Kanye after I went on a date last night and had a wonderful time. The person I was with was alright, but I really felt like it was me that was wonderful. I listened; gave witty retorts; asked non-probing yet relevant questions. I was the perfect date, and it made me very happy. Until just now when I realised how much I love myself and wondered if…