We Rode All Day, by Gareth Cartman

We Rode All Day, by Gareth Cartman

Title: We Rode All Day Author: Gareth Cartman Publisher: Gareth Cartman Year: 2019 Pages: 230 Order: WeRodeAllDay.cc What it is: A cycling novel, telling a story of the 1919 Tour de France, through the voices of riders and organisers Strengths: It’s an imaginative approach to the subject Weaknesses: As with all historical novels, its interpretation of history is open to debate La Vie au Grand Air (BnF) The 1919 Tour de France, as seen by readers of ‘La Vie au Grand Air’ What passes through your mind when you’re riding? If you’re any good ... nothing. So opens Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day , which offers a version of how the 1919 Tour came to be won by Firmin Lambot and lost by Eugène Christophe. Unlike Dave Thomas’s The Great Loop and David Coventry’s The Invisible Mile – which took the history of the 1911 and 1928 Tours ...

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Interview: Gareth Cartman

The first ‘maillot jaune’

Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day tells a story of the 1919 Tour de France, how it was lost by Eugène Christophe and won by Firmin Lambot, using the imagined voices of some of the race’s key protagonists to tell the tale. Here he talks to us about the race and the book. Podium Café: I’d like, if we could, to quickly tell the story of the 1919 Tour, for those unfamiliar with it. Let’s start with Henri Pélissier: he had been a close second in the Tour, in 1914, beaten by Philippe Thys. He came into the 1919 Tour on the back of victory in Paris-Roubaix – where, I think, L’Auto ’s headline compared him to a well-bred greyhound – and he gets off to a good start, especially when Thys abandons. Then...? Gareth Cartman: Pélissier really should have won this Tour. As other riders point out in ...

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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Start times for Giro d'Italia stage 9 time trial

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The second of three time trials during the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Sunday's 34.8 kilometre test between Riccione and the microstate of San Marino is perhaps the toughest to gauge. Flat for 22 kilometres, it's the 12.8-kilometre climb to the finish that provides the most uncertainty. With two time checks coming before the climbing starts (at 11.7 and 22.2 kilometres), there'll be some idea of which riders have coped best with the rain-hit opening week, and who is gaining form as the race progresses. However, the uneven ascent to the finish is set to throw all of that out of the window. Officially, the average for the climb might be 4.5 per cent, but the hill's rhythm-altering false flats and descents hide what is an average gradient of almost 7 per cent when the road rears up. Maximum gradients of 11 per cent feature both in the final kilometre and ...

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Giro d’Italia: Nibali looks to limit losses to Roglic in San Marino time trial

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) put in a strong time

Pesaro may have been festooned in pink to celebrate the visit of the Giro d'Italia but, by the time Vincenzo Nibali emerged from anti-doping following stage 8 , it was beginning to have the air of the coastal town they forgot to close down. Grey waves were crashing onto wet sand on the seafront, while leaden drops of rain were falling steadily over the finishing straight, where the podium and television area were already being dismantled. The boisterous crowds that had lined the final kilometres had long since dissipated in search of shelter. As Nibali soft-pedalled towards the Bahrain-Merida bus, he slowed to offer a perfunctory account of the Giro's longest day. The 239km leg along the Adriatic coast had passed off without incident – "Nothing to report," he said – and thoughts were already turning to Sunday's pivotal time trial to San Marino. So far on the Giro, few ...

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Yates: Roglic is the big favourite for Giro d'Italia time trial

Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott)

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) remained in defiant mood prior to Sunday's time trial amidst widespread predictions that rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) could once again rule the roost in the Giro d'Italia 's second 'race of truth'. Yates has improved notably his time trial ability over the last 12 months, and even last year in the Giro d'Italia, the widely predicted big differences between himself and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) did not materialise, although he did lose time. Second to Roglič in this year's opening TT in Bologna, on Saturday Yates was convinced he had a solid chance of defending his options. "I showed I was going well in the Bologna time trial and I've felt the same in these last few days," Yates told reporters. "I hope I'll be able to do well against Roglič, who's the big favourite – as we could see was the case in Bologna ...

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Giro Stage 9 Preview: The Prime Minister Stage

I love the mountains as much as - wait no, more than the next guy but I will always be a staunch defender of stages like this: a reasonably long time-trial with plenty of climbing. What mountain stage can guarantee minutes worth of time gaps between overall contenders, can guarantee a huge GC shakeup and vouchsafe that the best rider will win? After eight days in which we’ve been starved of GC battles, this is where a rider can put himself on the road to wearing pink in Verona. Hence, I am dubbing it the Prime Minister stage. It will be as decisive as any queen stage, in fact it probably has more power. However, it lacks the romance and mysticism of an Alpine battle. The route is a classic formula for causing pain — part flat, part climbing, with the climbing probably just-about doable on a TT bike, though ...

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Mark Cavendish sees signs of improvement after hard week at Tour of California

Bernie Eisel looks after Dimension Data team leader Mark Cavendish during stage 6 of the 2019 Tour o

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) was a man of few words at the stage 6 summit finish on Mt. Baldy at the Amgen Tour of California on Friday. Shivering from the cold as he wrestled with putting on warmer layers, surrounded by riders that finished in the gruppetto and standing at a dead end road full of journalists, he offered a few remarks about his performance at the seven-day race set to conclude in Pasadena on Saturday. "Yes, I feel OK, thank you. I've gotten through it," Cavendish told Cyclingnews , referring to his recovery from a lengthy struggle with the Epstein-Barr Virus. "It's been a hard week," he added. To say that Cavendish has had a challenge at this edition of the Tour of California would be an understatement, and not just for him, but for many riders. It was considered one of the more challenging editions of ...

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Meintjes out of Tour of California with fractured wrist

Dimensiom Data's Louis Meintjes at the 2019 Tour of California

Dimension Data 's Louis Meintjes was a non-starter for stage 5 of the Tour of California in Pismo Beach on Thursday, having been a victim of the now infamous crash that happened just over 3km from the finish of stage 4 in Morro Bay. The South African fractured his wrist in the crash, which delayed race leader Tejay van Garderen and his EF Education First teammates in their efforts to return to the front of the race after van Garderen had crashed earlier on. Despite the crash in which Meintjes was involved having taken place with more than 3km to go to the finish, van Garderen was awarded the same finish time as the front group, as is the UCI ruling for crashes that happen inside the final 3km of a stage. "Meintjes bravely completed the stage in obvious discomfort and was immediately seen to by our medical team at ...

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Egan Bernal well on road to recovery after missing Giro d'Italia

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

Team Ineos management are satisfied that their young star Egan Bernal is well on the road to making a full recovery after breaking his collarbone and missing the Giro d’Italia. Bernal’s crash happened when he fell during a training ride the Saturday before the Giro d’Italia, Ineos team coach Xabi Artetxe told Cyclingnews . But the 2019 Paris-Nice winner was in such good underlying shape that after nearly a week without touching the bike, he is back training. In fact, Artexte confimed, Bernal’s underlying condition is so good he has established a new Strava record for the ascent of the Col de Gallina, the last climb used in the 2018 Vuelta a España and reputed to one of the hardest in Andorra. Bernal shaved 56 seconds off teammate David de la Cruz's previous record. This Thursday, whilst the 2019 Giro riders were tackling the second longest stage of the race, ...

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Rigoberto Uran entertains 'loudest and craziest' Colombian fans at Tour of California

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) signs autographs for his Colombian fans at the 2019 Tour of Cali

After 208km of racing, a shower and some food, Rigoberto Urán stepped off his EF Education First team bus to an awaiting crowd of fans – all from his home country of Colombia. Waving the horizontal tricolour of the yellow, blue and red flag, chanting, 'Rigo, Rigo, Rigo,' and still singing, laughing and dancing even after all the other teams had packed up and gone, they were undoubtedly the most lively bunch at the finish of stage 3 of the Tour of California in Morgan Hill on Tuesday. "My fans are amazing. They make me happy," Urán told Cyclingnews when asked about the wildly happy following of compatriots that he encounters at every bike race in every corner of the world. Urán finished the stage in 29th place, in the main field that finished nearly eight minutes behind stage winner Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who was followed home by the two ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) manages a smile after having taken third place on stage 2 of the 2019 Tou

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider ...

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Richie Porte: This is not how I wanted to start the season

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte 's first season with Trek-Segafredo has not gone to plan so far after his early season was blown up with a bout of bronchitis, but the 34-year-old Australian is at the Tour of California this week looking to turn things around as he continues to build towards the Tour de France. Porte started his season on a high note, taking his sixth consecutive win on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under and finishing second overall to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. He stayed at home in Australia for the Herald Sun Tour, where he placed fifth overall, but things quickly went downhill from there as bronchitis set in. He put in a lacklustre performance at the UAE Tour and then decided to skip Paris-Nice – a race he's won twice – in favour of racing at the Volta a Catalunya. Porte's performance there didn't grab any headlines, with his ...

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Mark Cavendish clears Epstein-Barr threshold for first time in two years

Alejandro Valverde and Mark Cavendish greet each other ahead of the stage

Mark Cavendish said in California on Friday that a blood test two weeks ago showed he is below the threshold for being sick with Epstein-Barr, the virus that has plagued the Dimension Data sprinter for the past two years. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Amgen Tour of California , which starts Sunday in Sacramento, Cavendish said his body has been responding well to training and he will be challenging for race wins once again. Cavendish has just 26 race days in his legs so far this season after lackluster performances at Vuelta a San Juan and the UAE Tour and then abandoning Paris-Nice. The 33-year-old returned to racing at the Tour of Turkey last month and most recently competed in the Tour de Yorkshire, where his best result was eighth on stage 1. “Normally I would have had a lot of racing by now, but the last ...

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Should Yates’ Giro rivals be scared? He thinks so.

Supported by Simon Yates sat behind a Giro d’Italia press conference table and stated to the world, unequivocally, that if he was in his rivals’ shoes he’d be “shitting myself.” Yates left the usual pre-race press conference platitudes behind on Friday, insisting that he’s the “number one favorite” for this year’s Giro. The comments came in stark … The post Should Yates’ Giro rivals be scared? He thinks so. appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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The 2019 Giro d’Italia Time Trial Preview

A look at the three races of truth that could determine the Giro winner There are two things to bear in mind when it comes to the time trial stages of the Giro. The first is that there are fewer and fewer time trial kilometres in modern grand tours (as Inrng demonstrates for the Tour, but something similar is true for the Giro). The second is that time trials remain absolutely critical in determining overall success in general classification As we gear up for a 2019 Giro with not one, not two, but three individual time trials, it is worth spending some time thinking about what that means for the corsa rosa ahead of us. There are a bunch of possible theores, but here’s the one that I would espouse: ITTs remain significant as they get rarer, because pure climbers begin to be considered as GC hopefuls, and even a ...

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Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Joe Robinson 9 May 2019 Rider ends time with team after difficult 18 months that brought just two victories Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team have agreed to mutually terminate the rider's contract, bringing an end to his torrid season with the squad. The team confirmed in a press release that the contract would cease with immediate effect and included a long statement from Kittel explaining why he would be stepping away. The 30-year-old cited an inability to 'train and race at the highest level' for his decision, and added: 'I believe that everyone has his strengths and weaknesses and that it is an ongoing process to deal with them within a team to be strong and successful. 'In the last two months, I have had the feeling of being exhausted. At this moment, I am not able to train and race at the highest level. For this reason, I ...

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