Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: Risk and Reward of Professional Cycling

As the Tour de France enters its final weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk and reward. Whenever you’re facing a dominating rider like Chris Froome, the storyline revolves around the risks competitors must take in an attempt to put him in difficulty. But even outside the race for the yellow jersey, risk-and-reward has been a consistent storyline for …

Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: 3 Reasons a Crosswind can be a Game Changer

What a fascinating second week of racing at the 2013 Tour de France! After a hectic first week, this week featured a controversial knock-down in a sprint finish (an accident, in my view), the first long individual time trial (Holy Froome!), and an epic crosswind battle that exposed vulnerabilities in Chris Froome’s Sky team. One thing I like about the …

Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: The Time Cut, Then and Now

As I watched the Stage 4 team time trial unfold earlier this week, the story of Cannondale rider Ted King struck a chord with me. Riding injured and alone, the young American fought his way to the finish line, but arrived seven seconds too late. His finishing time was outside the official 25% time cut (all finishers must finish within …

Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: A Slightly Different Kind of Tour Preview

As the Centennial Tour de France gets underway this week, I’m happy to say that I’ll be contributing weekly articles to www.roadbikeaction.com. To give you a sense for what you can expect, I’m not going to be regurgitating news and stage results. There are plenty of places to get that. What’s more interesting to me these days is providing insights …