Al Hinds



Reflecting on the Daryl Impey case

30 August 2014 | 20:30 - By Al Hinds

In June, just as he was finishing his final preparations for the Tour de France, Daryl Impey was given news no athlete wants to hear. Positive. To what? It didn’t really matter. A sinking feeling. Disbelief. And then, as the news sunk in, contact with his team. No Tour. A fight to clear his name. To save his career.


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You’re fully aware that you haven’t ridden a bike for more than five minutes in over six weeks, you’ve been eating like a slob, and your recent physical activity level could at best be described as ‘slothful’. And yet somehow, you’re totally and utterly convinced that when you jump back on the bike, for that first, ice-breaking ride, it’ll all be fine. That you’ll be conquering Cols like the pros.

It's best to ride alone on the first ride back (Getty Images)

It's best to ride alone on the first ride back (Getty Images)

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Twelve months after the departure of its founding Sports Director John Lelangue, BMC is proceeding full bore with a dramatic restructure set to further establish Allan Peiper’s vision for its future. While it’s still early days, there’s plenty of promise from the first forays of Peiper's reign at the helm, writes Al Hinds.

BMC's Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images)

BMC's Tejay van Garderen (Getty Images)

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Tour Diary Day #20

26 July 2014 | 3:00 - By Al Hinds

I have a very, very good job, and I am very, very fortunate to do it, but it does have one caveat.

It's not all bad... Dom and I in front of the Chateau Monbazilliac. (SBS)

It's not all bad... Dom and I in front of the Chateau Monbazilliac. (SBS)

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Magnificent Mick!

23 July 2014 | 3:00 - By Al Hinds

Six months ago we didn't know whether Michael Rogers would even continue in the sport. Tuesday, in Bagnerres de Luchon, he won his maiden Tour de France stage.

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Tour Diary Day #14

18 July 2014 | 3:00 - By Al Hinds

Away from the features, the research, the long drives, writing diaries like this one, there's one part of my day that always stands above. The scramble at the finish.

How fast can you run? The chase for Andrew Talansky. (Image: Nat Bromhead)

How fast can you run? The chase for Andrew Talansky. (Image: Nat Bromhead)

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Tour Diary Day #10

14 July 2014 | 7:00 - By Al Hinds

Bonjour again from France!

In the Place Stanislas, Nancy. (SBS)

In the Place Stanislas, Nancy. (SBS)

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TDF Diary Day #7

10 July 2014 | 23:00 - By Al Hinds

It's been a whirlwind 72 hours for team SBS at this year’s Tour de France and I’m only now, catching my breath.

A tough start to our departure from the UK... At the Eurostar terminal in St Pancras before 6AM after a late night left Dom and Dave is 'sub-optimal' condition. (SBS)

A tough start to our departure from the UK... At the Eurostar terminal in St Pancras before 6AM after a late night left Dom and Dave is 'sub-optimal' condition. (SBS)

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