August 23, 2018 0 Comments
With the Tour over, no need to worry about the (simultaneous) Vuelta, and plenty of time for preparation for those targeting the world championships, most of the riders seemed relaxed and genuinely happy to be racing in Germany. The locals in particular were on excellent form, with Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal, Marcel Kittel of Team Katusha Alpecin and BORA – hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann all gleefully signing dozens of autographs. German greats including Jens Voigt and Erik Zabel moved through the throng, chatting easily with riders and press alike. Even Didi the Devil was there, in his usual high spirits.
There were one or two exceptions. After their recent exertions, Tour de France stars Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin looked tired. James Knox of Great Britain looked pensive in the colours of Quick Step Floors. And Austria’s Patrick Konrad looked downright grumpy. But nothing could spoil the mood of his fellow countryman Bernie Eisel, who gave the biggest smiles of the day, obviously happy to be riding at all after his terrible brain injury.
Today the riders race from Koblenz to Bonn, former capital of the Federal Republic. A flat run-in and the presence of several German fast men means a bunch sprint is likely. Given recent form Conquista’s money is on Pascal Ackermann to nick it for BORA – hansgrohe. Bis nachher . . .
April 30, 2021 0 Comments
Mark Cavendish’s welcome return to victory has led to calls for the Briton to be selected for the Tour de France, including the #CavToTheTour push on Twitter. There is a considerable emotional appeal to him taking part, but is it practical?
April 23, 2021 0 Comments
Earlier this week l’Equipe reported that last year’s Tour runner-up Primož Roglič would have a two month break from racing prior to the French event. That approach goes against the trend of all recent Tour winners, yet Jumbo-Visma believes that this route is the best one to take. Is the team right?
April 16, 2021 0 Comments
The Richard Freeman investigation may have concluded, but there is a sense that questions about British Cycling may only be multiplying. As WADA begins to delve into the federation’s past, Conquista speaks to one whistleblower about his ongoing concerns and where he believes previous enquiries have fallen short.