As much as it would be in my interest to get along and have a peek, I really don't have the urge to squirm through a two hour documentary highlighting cycling's biggest fraud, writes Mike Tomalaris.
Don't get me wrong, from the many reviews and trailers I have seen The Armstrong Lie appears to be a brave piece of filmaking which chronicles the improbable rise of a sports legend and his ultimate ugly fall from grace.
From all accounts it promises to be a huge hit, one that has already attracted plenty of interest in the United States since it was first screened on January 31.
There are some bike riders you just love to watch carve out a race win and for Philip Gomes, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde is that man.
In a big weekend of racing in italy, Valverde was at the pointy end of Strade Bianche then backed up to race again 24-hours later at the Roma Maxima.
At Strade Bianche, surely now one of the very best classics on the cycling calendar, the 33-year-old Valverde finished behind a pair of young guns, Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).
Whilst it’s true that cycling must evolve to remain relevant, to simply change for change’s sake will alienate more than attract – and there are certain elements that should remain unchanged, writes Anthony Tan.
It would be daft to think Paris-Nice is called a ‘mini-Tour de France’ because it is owned and run by the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the same body who run Le Tour and a slew of other top cycling races with an iron fist. No, primarily and quite simply, it is because in most of its previous editions, the parcours, in part or whole, has resembled a truncated version of that 3,500-odd kilometre loop tackled in July.
So, when the route of this year’s Paris-Nice was unveiled – sans prologue, sans time trial, sans major mountains, sans hilltop finish – those riders seeking to test themselves on a Grand Tour styled parcours would have been sorely disappointed. 2013 Tour champ Chris Froome is unquestionably the top dog on Team Sky, so naturally, at the time, he got first dibs on where he wanted to go; Richie Porte, therefore, settled for Paris-Nice, where he is the champion of yesteryear. Yes, the Tirreno-Adriatico percorso was better for the Tasmanian, but it was more important for Porte to handle the sensation and responsibility of team leadership, because experienced as he is, it is arguably something he needs more than anything.
Can you hear it? That sound? It’s the noise cycling makes as it reorients itself after two decades of Sturm und Drang.
Cycling’s discussion has returned to, gasp! The racing. Boring isn’t it? But that’s a good thing.
Still, I sometimes miss the doping era. So much skullduggery. So many crybaby pros. So much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the forum monkeys as they analysed every winning performance to within an inch of its VAM. It was fun in a self harming way.
Flying with a bike can often be a nightmare, with horror stories of cyclists having to pay more for their bike to fly than they paid for their own seat. Having spent 30 years flying himself and his bike around the world, Steve Thomas shares some helpful tips on how to make the process a bit easier.
Having just spent almost an entire day making lengthy Skype calls to four different countries trying to get to the bottom of the bike carriage policy of a certain eastern Chinese airline, I gave up. I decided it was easier to pay more for an alternative route with an airline that has a set baggage allowance than to battle on and potentially be stung with exorbitant last-minute fees.
It’s a nightmare that I’ve lived - and paid - through so many times.