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  • jon

    Can some elaborate on “Tejay spitting the dummy on the second rest day of the Tour de France “.

    • Insinuating that Tejay may have not been sick when he pulled out of the TdF this year: https://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/07/van-garderen-on-tour-withdrawal-i-woke-up-and-thought-the-worst-of-it-had-passed/

      • Samaway

        If not illness, what are the alternative theories?

      • jon

        I read that article several times, but I’m not sure if I can make it out that Tejay was a big baby.

    • Dave

      It seems Richie might not have so many difficulties fitting in at BMC – provided he and Tejay never race together.

      • AB

        They’ll be co-leaders at the 2016 Tour :-S

        • caliente


      • jon

        Co-leadership never really worked. I cringed hard for Quintana when I read Val Verde’s 2016 T’dF presentation comments: “the parkour suits ‘us’ well”. If the way BMC manages 2016 leadership like the way Moviestars does, it might not work at all.

    • roadbum40

      I looked it up (take that as you will) and it appears to be referring to a tantrum. Maybe there was some negative reaction to Richie joining BMC? Take my googling skills with a grain of salt.

    • Kieran Turner

      I figured he’d just had a bad blood bag.

  • Robert

    Great article. I’ve heard a rumor Sepp Blatter is running for the UCI presidency, all that oil money is just his bag. Although at under $50 a barrel this is a party for FIFA and UCI that isn’t going to last forever. It’s all very precarious.

  • Tim

    Love these articles… Keep em coming

  • Robert

    We just need to find out which of the pro’s owns a vintage red MG and we’ll know his identity:)

    • Laurens

      I think that was a wink to Fausto Coppi, judging by ‘La Dama Bianca’ sitting next to him.

      • Margaret Metz


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  • Joel

    I thoroughly enjoy these reports SP so thanks very much. Have a good rest and look forward to the next article. Good luck racing in 52 degrees celsius – surely a rouler’s stage – probably a Belgian ex world champion!

  • De Mac

    Another great read TSP – kudos to you, also, for pointing out the bleeding obvious (to all but the UCI) regarding the 100% necessity to keep the athletes safe, rather than put them out in 50degC+ temperatures – PARTICULARLY the younger riders. It’s a recipe for disaster and I hope some commonsense prevails…..

    • Linda Burns


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    • Stryder T.A

      Keep the athletes safe? Yes it is redicoulus to be racing in that heat but if we want to talk about Athlete safety then maybe it’s time they grew up and stopped doping to win/compete, it’s hard to feel sorry when it comes to pro athlete sob stories when most of the success is built with lying and cheating

      • Michele

        So when you say ‘they’ you obviously mean 100% of the peloton is doping?

        Surely if the TSP isn’t on the juice, he has every right to complain about the environment he races in. [As does anyone else who doesn’t dope.]

        Just go back and read his post-Giro piece. He felt that race was excessively hard, and he wasn’t subtle in suggesting Astana – who contributed to it’s difficulty – had a “performance base” question mark hanging over them.

        TSP has never shied away from dissing doping. So he has every right to complain about athlete safety.

  • Richard Bruton

    Does “CBF” mean “couldn’t be f**ked”?

    • caliente

      I’m also not sure what a CBF is…

    • Dave C


  • Steve Stannard

    The average minimum temperature for Doha in the first ten days of Oct is around 24.5 degrees C, and the average maximum is about 36.6. At the latter, you would have some difficulty thermoregulating in competition, even on a bicycle and in dry heat. But, the killer (literally) will be if the humidity gets up as well. From what I can see, humidity at this time of the year (Oct) ranges between around 48 to 70%. The organisers are going to have to be very very careful about how they set the schedule. If they go ahead with this there will be some very early starts… Steve S.

    • Paolo

      How early do you want to start a 7hrs bike race? The elite men road worlds is not a 1hr crit. You’ll finish or start at the hottest time of the day whatever you do.

  • Steve Stannard

    Further… wet bulb temperature (index combining heat and humidity) when 34 degrees C and 60% relative humidity is 85 F. The mid-west USA heatwave of 1995 had a wet bulb of 85 and some 700 people died; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/the-deadly-combination-of-heat-and-humidity.html?_r=0
    And I’m assuming that’s without the added stress of intense exercise (although these fatalities would include unhealthy persons).

    • Ronin

      This is utterly misleading. You want to make it sound as if the combination of 34 and 60% humidity is dangerous by talking about lots of deaths in Chicago. But, the most thorough study of the matter held that “Most of the heat wave victims were the elderly poor living in the heart of the city, who either had no working air conditioning or could not afford to turn it on. Many older residents were also hesitant to open windows and doors at night for fear of crime.[6] You can infer nothing from this about the safety of a race by world class athletes in the fairly temperate conditions of 34 degrees and 60% humidity.

      • Steve Stannard

        Hi Ronin, simply stating the facts (and I do note and you can read above that the “fatalities include unhealthy persons” in the US heatwave). This simply give readers from the US the idea of what a WBGT of 85 is. I am not necessarily suggesting riders will be mortally affected, but certainly in an important race as the author attests, there are likely going to be cases of heat illness. Clearly you know then that the ability to cope with heat in exercise is very largely a function of acclimatisation/acclimation and you would also know that many of us come out of (a cold) winter to do things like Worlds in Sept/Oct. World class does not automatically mean the ability to tolerate hot humid conditions.

  • VO2min

    Speaking of “bullish*t”…
    I can’t believe that people fall for this rehashing of the news as something genuine. Please point to one thing in this article that hasn’t already been bandied about on social media by any number of people. Also, the obligatory dig at “the local hero” seems just a tad disingenuous, and all too familiar for anyone paying attention. Insider? Give me a break with this.

    • Alex

      Agreed. I’ve been through the article and can’t find a single piece of information that isn’t public knowledge already.
      Perhaps our secret pro was feeling a little cash strapped at the end of the season…

      • Steve

        So you all knew about Oakley?

        • Alex

          Know what? That they might do something that isn’t actually said in the article..?

          • Cycling Fan

            if you could be so kind could you please inform us who are less ‘informed’ where the oakley info has been mentioned before…thanks in advance :)

            • Michele

              Yes .. waiting …

              • VO2min

                That’s a bit too easy.
                “Cavendish’s move to the Pro-Continental squad has reportedly hinged on the 30-year-old bringing a sponsor…”
                “Cavendish has long standing relationships with Specialized and Oakley although MTN-Qhubeka have a deal with Cervelo bicycles from this season.”

                • Michele

                  Yes, VO2min … but your claim is [not mine]:

                  “Please point to one thing in this article that hasn’t already been bandied about on social media by any number of people.”

                  So your task – to prove your point – is to dissect TSP’s piece and with every point made in it – show where this information is so readily available.

                  Shouldn’t be too hard for you to do.

    • Larry @CycleItalia

      I guess we’re not all as INSIDER as you? I like these columns, maybe the best part of CyclingTips.

      • VO2min

        Make no mistake about it, I quite enjoy, and support, much of the content that CyclingTips has to offer. I just have very little faith in the authenticity of this particular attempt.

        • Larry @CycleItalia

          So perhaps the secret is there is NO secret pro? Either way, I like to read things that are not so much “advertorial” and might even crap on some less-than-great ideas from time to time. Sort of refreshing in the enthusiast press, where practically everything written has a marketing purpose.

        • That’s a real shame. For what it’s worth, we’ve responded to such criticisms in the past: https://cyclingtips.com.au/2013/05/the-secret-pro-hoax-or-not/

    • inopinatus

      It’s cute that you called social media “news” and assume that everyone follows it, when in reality it’s an echo chamber for narcissists.

      • VO2min

        Nothing cute about it. All legitimate news outlets use social media themselves, and in most instances, that is where stories are first reported. This is no line between social media and news. They occupy the same space these days.

        • Michele

          There certainly is no line between social media and news.

          Which explains why rumours / innuendo that start on Social Media Services get picked up by News Outlets and treated as “news”, without the original sources being checked thoroughly.

          And it’s because news outlets want to report the new first – as you say, by social media – that they also don’t have time to fact check a story before it gets published.

          Next time there’s a major story developing, go to some ‘reputable’ News twitter handles and look at how rumours get published as fact.

    • Jake(Aus)

      Here’s an idea then….don’t read it and leave the rest of us to enjoy it:)

    • sket

      What’s your contribution?

  • roadslave525

    Interesting article, as ever… little disappointed there was no mention of the Worlds though? Sagan’s post victory antics (throwing his bike to the fat doping control guy in orange jacket, his arms in the air, his helmet/glasses to the crowd; fistbumping Boonen across the line; necking his girlfriend; pulling a wheelie) were rock’n’roll… and was after some smart racing keeping quiet in the pack (finally), one blistering attack on 23rd St, heartstopping descending round 90deg corners full gas, then hanging on up The Guv’nor… wanted to know what TSP thought of all this, and Sagan as World Champion (white shorts excepting)? Also, Armitstead? Were these a Worlds to remember or not?

    • Samaway

      Maybe the secret pro didn’t ride the Worlds?

    • Cycling Fan

      I would be recommending these days not to mention the womens event if not a women – better to be called sexist by not mentioning than to be picked to pieces and still called sexist by narrative builders :)

  • Johnny

    Again, a very nice insight.

    I hope that the UCI will arrive at the conclusion that cycling in the heat of Abu Dhabi, Doha, etc. is just absurd. There are literally no fans, those countries definetly do not have the slightest cycling culture and the racing is not exciting as a result of the high temperatures. With regard to the world championships I’m sure that there will be “fans” lining the finish line area. The handball world championships 2015 in Quatar show what’s possible with money ( http://sports.yahoo.com/news/qatar-sign-spain-handball-fans-cheer-championship-185425427–spt.html ).
    I had some hope that other sport associations would draw the right conclusions from this desaster, but they’re just watching their financial gains while their presidents are babbling of globalization, professionalism and new markets. Hope dies last that the UCI learns that competitive road cycling’s just out of place in the middle east region.

    • Cynic

      You forgot the human cost as well.

      Abu Dhabi and all those oil rich states have appalling human rights records.

      Rich, white, educated people might disagree, hell a few have even spoken to their drivers and the hotel concierge smiled at them so that’s cool, the locals are all fine and dandy. Those guys will tell you that it’s fine, they worked there and you just don’t understand.

      Meanwhile by the time the FIFA World Cup starts in Qatar over 4,000 workers would have died on the stadia construction sites. Elsewhere the legal system consists of the Emirati and his minions basically making it up, variations on Sharia law, etc etc

      Human Rights Watch Org is a pretty reputable judge, and they will tell you why these races shouldn’t be held there. Those raking in the cash will argue and argue, ignoring the fact that no one locally watches, and the human cost to put these on.

      It’s all one big sell out.

      Even Merckx is a dancing monkey, being paid by his Arab master to provide credibility. Sad really.

      • Michele

        Hi Cynic. Welcome back. :)

      • Johnny

        You are right! But I expect the human cost to be significantly lower compared to handball and soccer world championships because there are less workers needed for building the finish line area (assumed that the roads have already been paved). Ah the handball worlds the workers who survived the construction sites where later “used” as fans. The whole event was a shame for the sport. Unfortunately, I do not expect the cycling and soccer worlds to be any different.

  • Alex

    Sexist sh*te.
    ‘one thing that I haven’t seen raised is the fact it’s not just us male professionals that have to race in these temperatures. How about the women, the juniors and the under 23 riders?’

    I’m sorry – I didn’t realise that as a *male professional* you’re better able to do deal with heat, than these poor timid little women. If you can’t cope, however will they?!

    • Cycling Fan

      wow ! way to completely create a narrative out of barely anything – subjective interpretation of an example of ‘sexism’ at best

    • Dave

      The male professionals have a larger pay cheque to make the discomfort worth their while, and so should have a higher bu11shit tolerance.

    • Cycling Fan

      Your ‘argument’ is also diluted by the fact that you have solely focused on the ‘women’ part as well and not the ‘juniors and the under 23 riders’ – it’s not about sexism it’s about the difference in strength / stamina etc – fact = there is a difference between all categories

    • Johnny

      It’s also about the risks being taken in the under23 and junior ranks as there are pro-contracts (and money) on offer for those who excel, I think. Perhaps the more experienced pro riders know their limits better.

    • Cynic

      Wow, you’ve made something out of nothing there. So, TSP sticks up for all racers, and you twist his words to make him out to be sexist.

      Nice work.

      Take the chip off your shoulder, you might crash.

      • Michele

        Interesting comment Cynic. I assume you are the same person that wrote this comment below?

        So, Lee Rodgers looks at MIddle Eastern racing from a rider’s perspective and you twist his words [and ignore the objective of his piece altogether] to make him out as a ‘promoter and legitimizer of human rights abuse.

        Nice work :)

  • Aaron Briner

    My guess is that the secret pro is Simon Clarke

  • jyflyn

    Gerro is the secret pro!!!

  • JJ

    Gerraint Thomas is grumpy this time…definitely the Secret Pro…

    • Dave

      Huh? I thought being grumpy was a key part of being Welsh!

  • Mot

    If you want x-dopers removed from the managment of all teams, and not just Riis, who would be left?

  • Gary Fryett

    Did Sarkozy rock up at a UCI meeting?


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