Ronde van Vlaanderen: a brief history of a Classic
Mar27

Ronde van Vlaanderen: a brief history of a Classic

In RIDE #56, there was a feature about the Classics of cycling with a focus on ‘Victory and History’ of the Monuments of Spring. The opening spread was titled: “Epic!” It featured a shot of the “modern ‘laatste van de Flandriens‘, Tom Boonen. The Flemish superstar won both de Ronde (aka. the Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix in 2012.  The cobbled Classics are underway for another season with...

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Remembering Pantani
Feb13

Remembering Pantani

14 February 2014. The 10th anniversary of a sad day in sport. A decade ago, the winner of the 1998 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France died. In RIDE #24, there was a tribute to Marco Pantani. The introduction read: “Cycling has lost one of its controversial heroes. Marco Pantani will be remembered by most for his attacking antics in the mountains he loved so much. But his life ended when he failed to ride out of the deep...

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Beaten by the shadow of doubt…

  Flashback from RIDE #38 (published September 2007)   Michael Rasmussen missed a few doping controls in the lead-up to the Tour de France but insisted that it was an innocent mistake. In this era of suspicion his excuse was not good enough. Despite being in the lead of the race, his team made the unprecedented decision to sack him and surrender its hope of victory in favour of honesty. – By Jean-François Quenet Telling the...

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Philippe Gilbert: profile of a champion

In February 2012, RIDE Cycling Review published a profile piece by Jean-François Quenét about the world number-one rider of 2011. Philippe Gilbert has since become the world champion. His victory in Limburg on Sunday 23 September 2012 reminds us that his attacking ways may have abated a little in Spring and Summer this year, but he finished off the season with another solid surge that no one else could respond to. The 30-year-old...

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Caleb Ewan: when silver is gold

Early in 2012, RIDE Cycling Review published a profile on Caleb Ewan written by Jean-François Quenét that stated: “Over the next few years, he’s bound to understand exactly what discipline he’s best at. For now, it’s difficult to categorise him but versatility is one of his strengths…” He is the junior Australia time trial champion despite admitting that he dislikes that discipline. And, on Sunday 23 September, he...

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