This piece from last summer was written tongue in cheek (but plenty of readers took it with a straight bat)
So it was with great interest I saw the pictures of the cancelled Tour of Oman stage. Officially axed due to extreme heat and sandstorms, our man Fabian was centre front organising a strike under a motorway bridge.
Ok, so the first piece was meant to be humourous, but reading it back I have changed my standpoint to an extent.
Do I think him cynical for the way he used to neutralise Tour stages when it suited the Schleck brothers? Absolutely. Rain into Liege and Gap is part of the race.
But I actually think he cares and does feel rider safety is a responsibilty of his as an experience member of the peloton.
For that he will draw no further criticism from me.