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.
It was an emotionally-charged moment for the 34 year old. The last year of his cycling career has been nothing short of tumultuous; a positive result for clenbuterol, a career in limbo... a successful appeal.
"Sometimes it takes the difficult times to see the silver lining when it comes," Rogers said after his Stage 16 win. And indeed while it could have been disastrous, a forced retirement, a shattered reputation, the turnaround, has been remarkable.
One bad day. All Grand Tour riders have them. But it's how you ride on those bad days that determine how you fare across three weeks, more so than your good days, that define you, writes Anthony Tan.
'Did you think, though, that, "This might be an opportunity I might not be in ever again, second position in the Tour de France"?'
"I mean, I there last year, too, but...
On Sunday, close to 7,500 female riders took part in the Rapha Women’s 100 across the globe. These numbers signify a worldwide shift in the perception of cycling and its role in many people’s lives, writes Kath Bicknell.
The Rapha Women’s 100 is about inspiring ladies all over the world to ride 100km on a chosen Sunday in July. A milestone for some, a new route or adventure for others, a community building exercise for all.
This year saw numbers almost double after last year’s inaugural event. Not only did 7,470 women register to ride in the Rapha Women’s 100, but over 320 organised rides took place across 40 countries.
Sometimes, you have to be man enough to admit the better man won, rather
than find excuses that do nothing but highlight your own failings,
writes Anthony Tan.
"In a swerve with 3k or 3.5k to go, (Thibaut) Pinot accidentally touched my gear (rear derailleur) with his front wheel. It didn't work well, it was jumping from one ring to another and I had to climb on a big gear, I was super stuck."
I'm going to call Alejandro Valverde out on this.
The idea that Vincenzo Nibali is somehow not a deserving or worthy champion appears to be growing since Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were both forced out of the Tour de France due to injury.
This is the perplexing narrative that is developing around this year's Tour de France and it's one that needs to be immediately snuffed out.
While it may be an interesting debating point it's also utter rubbish, but at least one loud-mouth team owner is using his bully pulpit to spread a bit of manure around, giving the idea traction.