Towards the end of the Dubai Tour – as I made yet another “Where’s Wally?” joke – I began to wonder precisely how much I liked Marcel Kittel. I’m a big Mark Cavendish fan and the fan club rules say I’m not allowed to like Kittel. Riding for Giant, Kittel arrived on the frontline and
A few years ago I decided I was going to have a crack at the full cycling calendar. This isn’t to say I wasn’t already a pro cycling super-fan, but it meant making a transition away from UCI flagship events and towards Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. Unfortauntely, Dubai suffers from being very dull in terms of
All sprinters have bad days. Whether they get dropped, get blocked, puncture or crash, every sprinter will be able to recall days where they just weren’t able to contest a sprint. But when you’re as good as Marcel Kittel – and he really is good – should you be worried about the number of days
Starting next week, the Dubai Tour is entering its third year as a strangely enjoyable ‘stage race’. Okay, so there’s no chance of seeing any cat-and-mouse attacks, stinging breakaway moves or breath-taking descents, but there’s something simple about the bunch sprint tear-ups in Dubai’s selection of resorts.
The Pro Cycling season is drawing to a close and I’ve been looking back at the performances of (pretty much) every rider over the last ten months. I’ve been looking for winners and losers, those whose status in the cycling world has changed for better or worse this past season. Excluded are riders such as