Having presumptuously picked a title before he’d penned a word (other than those in the title), Anthony Tan attempts to find his ten best moments of this calendar year.
On Monday, Cycling Central online editor Phil Gomes emailed his coterie of columnists and asked for an ‘EOY blog’ from each of us.
I didn’t know what EOY stood for and was too afraid to ask, not wishing to come across as an ignoramus in front of my peers. Thankfully, in the body of the RFB (that being ‘request for blog’), the man endowed with a fierce physiognomy (that being Phil) articulated his thoughts further, saying: “I’m looking for end of year blogs, your best moments or worst, could be a list or it could also be just one thing about the season past that you’d like to expand on. Anything which stood out for you.”
Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal’s overdue confession to having danced with the doping devil a decade ago got Anthony Tan mad as hell. It’s left him, and many others, with a bunch of questions that he’s asked the Canadian’s Garmin-Sharp boss Jonathan Vaughters to explain – but so far remain unanswered.
Thursday last, after uploading last week’s Cycling Central podcast, less than thirty minutes had passed before I received a terse direct message from Garmin-Sharp team manager and CEO of Slipstream Sports, Jonathan Vaughters.
“Walk a mile in a man’s shoes before you judge him. And never talk to me again, because you lack perspective.”
The beauty of cycling is that it’s possible to win big without paying big. Or in the case of Budget Forklifts, not paying at all. You just need the brains to do it, writes Anthony Tan.
The past two seasons, they’ve won more National Road Series events than any other. And, in the space of a fortnight, having captured the Melbourne to Warrnambool and Grafton to Inverell, they took the two biggest one-day events on the calendar.
All without paying any of their riders a salary. Not one cent.
Having successfully rewritten the paradigm for winning the Tour de France, the only way Sky Procycling can be beat is to beat them at their own game – but it won’t be pretty, writes Anthony Tan.
Even before the syllabus of TdF #101 (that being the 101st edition of La Grande Boucle, not next semester at Cyclisme Université) was announced yesterday at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, the words of a recent winner who almost certainly won’t be there next July have been hovering in the ether that constitutes my mostly unused grey matter.
“The Tour’s changing every year. It’s getting a bit different,” Cadel Evans, before the start of the twentieth and penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France, told Cycling Central in Annecy.
He’s barely a month into the job but so far the signs are good for newly elected UCI president Brian Cookson. As far as Anthony Tan can see there’s just one stumbling block – and for once, it isn’t to do with doping.
The proposed new professional cycling structure, planned for a 2015 rollout and expected to be fully in place by 2020, is unlikely to include the Tour of Beijing, the final event on the WorldTour calendar wrapping up Tuesday outside the Bird’s Nest stadium.
Instead of 153 scheduled race days on the 2014 calendar, the nouveau WorldTour, comprising sixteen first division teams and eight Div. II teams, will be capped at 120 days (50 days for Div. II). There will be no overlap between events, and no competition among first and second division events, so say the UCI.