Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly October 29, 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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start line 29.10

In next week’s magazine we’ll be revealing the shortlisted riders and readers for our 2020 awards in December. I’ll give you one guess as to who is going to win Male Rider of the Year. Normally I wouldn’t hit you with a spoiler weeks out from the issue featuring our annual celebration of the season, but a) Who else is going to win? And b) Wow. Just wow. Writing this on Monday I still can’t quite believe that Tao Geoghegan Hart just won the Giro. And made it look pretty easy to boot. I’m sure there will be a lot of people on and around the British scene who will be equally astonished after watching that little kid who used to ride their events, or serve them in Condor Cycles, ride…

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geoghegan hart storms to giro glory

Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed Britain’s most unexpected Grand Tour victory after a spectacular final week in the Giro d’Italia. The Londoner beat Australian Jai Hindley to the maglia rosa by 39 seconds after stage 21’s time trial in Milan, having started the final day level on seconds with Hindley, the first time in one of cycling’s three-week races that has happened. It completed a remarkable result for the 25-year-old who began the Italian Grand Tour riding in support of team leader Geraint Thomas and after stage 14 was 3:44 off the race lead and in 11th position. But a storming final eight days for Geoghegan Hart saw him win two stages and become the youngest Briton to win a Grand Tour and the fifth to do so since Bradley Wiggins’s 2012…

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the worldtour’s his oyster

What comes next for Geoghegan Hart isn’t quite certain. As he likely frames and hangs his pink jersey up on his wall at home, he will do so knowing that opportunities to lead the team in Grand Tour is not a given. Now the fourth member of the 2021 squad to have won a three-week stage race, he will also have to rival Pavel Sivakov and new team-mates Adam Yates and Dani Martinez for leadership roles. “One thing that this team has proven year in, year out is that a victory does not get you selection or leadership,” said Fran Millar. “He will stand exactly the same chance as every other rider to lead the team, depending on form. “We were sure he would win a Grand Tour one day, but not this…

2 min.
i get knocked down, but i get up again

Wow, what a rollercoaster of a last week it’s been! We got through Tuesday and Wednesday with two immaculate team performances to defend the pink jersey and the dream was starting to become real. But reality hit us all hard on the Stelvio. It had been an all-out day of racing just to arrive at the foot of the climb, primarily thanks to Sunweb. Rohan Dennis then took over and the rest is history – bodies everywhere. Hearing encouragement for João [Almeida] over the radio as he struggled was a real hammer blow, all the work that had gone into defending pink was gone in an instant. I imagined his race was over from what I heard, but what a fight he showed for the rest of the stage. Big controversy followed with stage…

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‘he looks so natural on the bike’

It was the stage before the second rest day where I first thought Tao could win the Giro, seeing how calm and relaxed he appeared, whilst the rest of the race blew apart under Jai Hindley’s pacing for Kelderman. During the last week we saw his confidence elevate him to new heights, and he just appeared more and more like a winner. And it helps that he looks so natural on the bike, it’s refreshing to see a young guy climbing more with power than cadence. His confidence was apparent during Hindley’s accelerations, instead of wasting energy trying to perfectly match them, he’d just close the gaps in his time, saving stress on the body and mind. He raced very intelligently too, and resisted attacking Hindley and risking things going bad. He…

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just who is tao geoghegan hart?

I would love to see more diversity in cycling, which could definitely come from the sport increasing in popularity in cities like London. This is an amazing sport that takes you to incredible places so I hope I can inspire a few kids in Hackney to dream big.” This was Tao Geoghegan Hart reflecting on what his win in the Giro d’Italia at the weekend could mean. You might expect such a ‘big picture’ view to come from a rider after a few months of reflection, once the initial elation of the moment had faded. But the fact it came only moments after the 25-year-old won one of the most prestigious races in cycling tells you a lot of what you need to know about him. “Before I even met him, everyone…