• When tradition looks CRAP1 year 35 weeks agoBut according to the official

    But according to the official site of the British Monarchy,

    "...a proclamation by Charles II that the Union Flag should be flown only by ships of the Royal Navy as a jack..."

    Anyway, the jersey still looks dated but what a privilege it must be to be able to wear it, i wouldn't mind looking dated in it!

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:I

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    I think the race organisers got this terribly wrong. I know the riders deserved a finish, but that 3km mark was not the place. They should have either slowed the race, stopped it or cancelled the race (depending on whether they could move the bus). But changing the finish only caused undue chaos. Tony Martin goes home and two of the favourites, if not more go down. They chose the worst of all worlds.

    I can kind of sympathise with the race organisers and it's easy to say, with the benefit of hindsight, what they should have done from the comfort of an armchair hundreds of miles away.

    Controlling a race is difficult at the best of times. Controlling 195 nervous, fired-up riders all doing 35+mph and probably the best part of 60 tour vehicles is nigh on impossible at that kind of notice.

    No matter what they'd done, people would complain and say "they should have done..."
    If they'd stopped the race, how would you restart in with only 5km to go? If they'd neutralised it, you'd have people saying "oh well they could/should have done..." Never going to please all people in those circumstances, I think they took the only option open to them.

    Although quite why the team buses were still getting into position with the race only 15 minutes away is anyone's guess, they should have been there an hour before and inside their own area.

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoWhat a bustard of a thing to

    What a bustard of a thing to happen!

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoWhat a farce! This is a

    What a farce! This is a multi-million dollar international sporting competition in its 100th incarnation, and yet again it comes across as a complete shambles.

  • When tradition looks CRAP1 year 35 weeks agoOops, should have remembered

    Oops, should have remembered Geraint, thanks

  • Fizik Arione Wing Flex Manganese Rail Saddle1 year 35 weeks ago£35 if you send money as a

    £35 if you send money as a gift via paypal?
    Stuartmcmurray@hotmail.co.uk

  • Fantasy Directeur Sportif Challenge1 year 35 weeks agooops. forgot I needed to pick

    oops. forgot I needed to pick a team. Hmmmm tough,. Seeing as I seem to have picked too many TdF riders....

    Sprinters
    Cav
    Kittel

    GC
    TJ
    Talansky
    Fuglsang
    de Gendt

    KOM
    Gorka Iazgirre
    Roche

    And of course
    Jens Voigt. How could I leave him out?

  • Purist TDF Cards on the Table1 year 35 weeks agoYou can see my TEam In the

    You can see my TEam In the League. Basiclly froome, Sagn And Cav.

  • Best Road Shoes for about £1001 year 35 weeks agoHave you bought any new ones

    Have you bought any new ones yet? If so what did you get

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoThe finish took place where

    The finish took place where it was supposed to be, but evidently there was a lot of confusion... as the report says, some riders believed it had been brought forward 3km (which was being talked about).

    From news that the bus was stuck to the scheduled end of the stage was 15 mins at the absolute maximum (riders were around 12k out), you can only imagine how chaotic it must have been, but that's exactly the kind of situation where a snap, well communicated and irreversible decision is needed, and that didn't happen today.

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoI think it is academic.

    I think it is academic. Wiggins won the Tour, Froome was under team orders and so we will never know.

    This is sort of a muck raking article as I think Froome suggests he was a stronger climber he doesn't dispute Brad as leader. But he doesn't have to worry about that now as he has his chance. Brad's shit stirring over the Tour was a dirty tactic to be honest and if I was Froome I would be happy to have dodged that bullet, which is probably why Brailsford put Wiggins on a timeout as soon as he had an excuse.

  • Epic weekend scheduling conflicts1 year 35 weeks agoHamilton! Robson! Cavend- oh

    Hamilton! Robson! Cavend- oh there's been a crash. Well at least we can rely on Jagger to put in a good performance.

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoI think the race organisers

    I think the race organisers got this terribly wrong. I know the riders deserved a finish, but that 3km mark was not the place. They should have either slowed the race, stopped it or cancelled the race (depending on whether they could move the bus). But changing the finish only caused undue chaos. Tony Martin goes home and two of the favourites, if not more go down. They chose the worst of all worlds.

  • TDF Stage 1 reaction: Winner & race leader Kittel, overall favourite Froome... and Matt White on 'busgate'1 year 35 weeks agoEverything that is coming out

    Everything that is coming out leads me to believe the bus driver wasn't at fault, it was the officials who waved him through, forgetting that the gantry had been lowered again.

    Its weird how some riders knew about the finish being moved and then moved back again, but many didn't. So you had some of them racing and some not. At the end of the day, it was Greipel who caused the crash, so I was glad to see that he suffered a mechanical further up the road and did not benefit from it.

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoI am pretty sure that they

    I am pretty sure that they both paced each other. If Froome had gone off all the time at his 'speed' would he have burned himself out? Wiggo had more experience and knew when to push and when not to. The good thing is that Froome probably learned a lot more than he's letting on. Part of cycling is relying on your team mates and he'll be relying on the rest of Team Sky for this years TdF as Wiggo did last year. Froome would never have won the TdF last year; the team was there to support the team leader - Wiggo.

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoTom Amos wrote:Nick T

    Tom Amos wrote:
    Nick T wrote:
    First trip to Corsica, and quite possibly the last trip to Corsica I think.

    And the logic to that is what exactly?

    With Corsicans liking the French about as much as the IRA like the Monarchy, planning a Tour de France stage there hasn't exactly been straightforward. When the result is as shambolic as this, why bother to do it again in a hurry Tori?

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoIm convinced that had Froome

    Im convinced that had Froome dropped Wiggins in the mountains, that despite Wiggins' prowess at TT he still wouldnt have have made up enough time to beat Froome overall?

  • Tour De France - Étape 11 year 35 weeks ago5th!!! oh feck, I might

    5th!!! Surprise oh feck, I might have to take this seriously...

  • Epic weekend scheduling conflicts1 year 35 weeks agoHoy, Kenny and Trott are

    Hoy, Kenny and Trott are obviously going to be watching the magasine programme tonight; did anyone else see them at Wimbles?

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoBecause Wiggins was stronger

    Because Wiggins was stronger than Froome. Evidence - Time trial results. (Froome @ +1:50 across 2 ITTs)
    In the mountains Wiggins didn't need to beat everyone to win the yellow, so why should he? The TdF is hard enough without trying to win every stage. Froome lost time early on and so needed good performances to come second, and stage victories would build his prestige.
    Wiggins was simply looking after his yellow jersey by not following Froome's attacks. Look at the pictures of him coming across the line on stage 19. Does Wiggins look like he destroyed himself trying to keep up with Froome, who wanted to catch Valverde?

  • TDF Stage 1: Marcel Kittel moves into maillot jaune as crash rules out sprint rivals1 year 35 weeks agoProblem for Cav is that

    Problem for Cav is that despite the fact neither he nor Sagan got finish points today, that doesn't mean it's all square; Cav needs to maximise each opportunity, simply because Sagan will have more chances of taking points throughout the race.

    Early days, obviously, but I wouldn't have been wanting to grab a finish-line interview with him Wink

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoCyclingDan wrote:Froome

    CyclingDan wrote:
    Froome proved he's stronger in the mountains last year when he could of kept on racing and dropped Wiggins. Hence I think he would have won and had all this media hype that Wiggo got after winning last year. The issue with pro cycling is that, all the team has to support (ride for) the GC contender (or No.1 I'll call it as last year there were 2 GC contenders in Team Sky), no matter how good the other riders are in the same team . That is the part of pro cycling I really loathe IMO. When last year Froome and Wiggo dropped the other teams GC contenders why couldn't Froome and Wiggo race on in the mountains and drop eachother? All because of these team orders! Why cant we have proper racing?

    Because if Froome and Wiggins had raced against each other, neither of them would have won.

  • Chris Froome: Brad's a difficult guy1 year 35 weeks agoDoes anyone have to hand the

    Does anyone have to hand the amount of time that brad put into Froome in the TTs? Froome might have won it if he had dropped Wiggo, but I don't think it was a dead cert.

  • Hundreds fined as police clamp down on anti-social cycling Manchester1 year 35 weeks agoPolice have slapped 400

    Police have slapped 400 cyclists with fines in just 10 days as part of a crackdown on 'dangerous and irresponsible' biking.

    The £30 penalty notices were handed out along Oxford Road and Wilmslow Road for offences such as running red lights, not having lights fitted, cycling on footpaths and using mobile phones whilst cycling.

    Cyclists were also fined for dangerously weaving in and out of traffic.

    It was part of Greater Manchester Police’s ‘Operation Grimaldi’ – with the Oxford Road corridor identified as a dangerous cycling hotspot on 10 ‘days of action’ between February and June this year.

    Cyclists were given the chance to escape the fines by attending cycling awareness events at Moss Side and Withington fire stations.

    Around 340 of the cyclists handed the fines took up the offer.

    GMP say the operation was aimed at educating cyclists about keeping safe on the road.

    PCSO Gareth Walker said: “Many of the cyclists we spoke to were not aware of the danger they put themselves and others in by the actions they were taking while failing to stop or being distracted on their phones.

    “The number of killed or seriously injured on the roads has fallen over the last two years but we need to continue to educate road users of how to share the roads safely in order to ensure these numbers continue to fall.”

    But a cycling campaigner said the operation was ‘one-sided’ – urged police to concentrate on motorists instead.

    Pete Abel, from the Love Your Bike campaign, said: “We are in favour of taking action against people who cycle poorly and anti-socially, but we don’t see an equivalent crackdown on drivers.

    “When cyclists runs a red light it is usually inconvenient, when a driver does it is downright dangerous.”

    Every adult in Greater Manchester is entitled to six hours free cycle training and education about cycle safety. For more information go to www.tfgm.com/cycling.

    So reading the article 80% handed there £30 pound fines back so no revenue generation there. I wonder if 400 car drivers ran red lights the cycling fraternity would be nuclear. In my opinion trying to educate all road users to share the road should be commended. Motorists that commit offences such as speeding their courses are around 90 pounds. Look likes cyclists get a good deal so stop whining. It also links a page to adult cycling training looks like they are trying to reduce serious incidents with cyclists. Who ever posted the web news has this wrong and is trying to get a biased opinion. Everyone wants to get home safe at the end of the day

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/poli...

  • Tour Tech 2013 round up: Fizik saddles, Pinarello shifters, non-sponsored kit and a tiller-length stem1 year 35 weeks agoSounds like Kashechkins needs

    Sounds like Kashechkins needs a bigger frame size Big Grin