Like this site? Help us to make it better.


Cavendish win gets his season going

I suppose it was always going to end this way. Having bored people at work to tears with how difficult Els Angels was and how the Volta a Catalunya was going over the first category mountain on Tuesday, I was definitely setting myself up for a fall.

Even thought the summit was 80km plus from the finish in Banyoles I proclaimed with supreme confidence "A true climber will win this stage, the climb is very hard".

Cue huge red cheeks (both sets!) when Mark Cavendish sprinted over the line to win the stage and open his 2010 account...


Of course I was delighted for the Manxman and I hope that this duck-breaking performance is the start of another glittering season for Cav.... But part of me was gutted that my self created mystique about this climb to a church and weather station evaporated just over a week after my tortured ascent up it.

I suppose you could have seen it coming though. Cavendish had hung in there until the last throws of Milan-San Remo over the weekend and certainly showed great determination only dropping back in the last half hour of racing.

If he could have hung on over the Cipressa and Poggio he would have beaten Oscar Friere and Tom Boonen in the sprint, I am sure of that.

So its back to fens for me this weekend on my new singlespeed, more of which to come in the near future.


James has been blogging for for 5 years and racing bicycles (averagely) for 20 years. 

Latest Comments

  • Mungecrundle 8 min 12 sec ago

    Professional advice is always your gold standard. A GP referal is a good place to start but accessing those services can be difficult given the...

  • Calc 39 min 42 sec ago

    Why the hole?  It's so you are forced to buy their special seatpost.

  • d_jp 3 hours 44 min ago

    'that was "grippy" / a "grippy" stage' 'i love echelons' ... Adam Blythe

  • Lemonyhills 3 hours 57 min ago

    These would be ideal for security in the garage, and out and about for our bikes lost two in the past.

  • Brauchsel 3 hours 59 min ago

    But if it doesn't look like a car's going to pull up, you find someone in the same-coloured top as you and make them give you their bike. 

  • dabba 4 hours 34 min ago

    I bought an Anker 15w solar panel set to try for touring in Australia. It wasn't a success for me. I tried draping it over the rear panniers while...

  • TheBillder 4 hours 59 min ago

    I'm running a mid 90s chainset (originally had a 6 speed freewheel) with a 10 speed chain and cassette and it all works very well. I might be wrong...

  • capedcrusader 5 hours 15 min ago

    Re: Early morning raid on BV....

  • 11waterloo 5 hours 28 min ago

    Agreed on that, he was definitely part of my first week plans! Not to mention my French riders team - that is in tatters without Le Coq! 

  • biker phil 5 hours 37 min ago

    I'm sure that the reason the Belgian team didn't take him is so that he doesn't take the crown from a Belgian.