Tim Renowden has been following professional cycling closely since Indurain won his first Tour. An ex-runner, now a club grade bike racer, Tim tweets about sport at @megabicicleta.
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One of cycling’s great rivalries probably ended last Friday when Fabian Cancellara’s crash ruined his classics campaign. It followed Tom Boonen’s own classics-killer crash at Paris-Nice two weeks ago.
An Australian holds the UCI record for the Hour. Let me just repeat that: an Australian holds the UCI world record for the Hour.
It was a classic story of the seasoned pro upstaging the fancied prodigy.
Simon Gerrans has crashed in training, broken his collarbone and will miss all the races of the Australian summer.
It might be pro road cycling’s off-season, but the traditional Aussie summer thwack of leather on willow is now competing with the sounds of spinning freewheels and the insistent clacking of plastic cleats on cafe floors.
Well, this is nearly it. The 2014 pro cycling season has burned down to a few scattered embers, the Northern Hemisphere cyclocross season has started, and most of the pro road-peloton is off enjoying a few of life’s pleasures, guilt free.