What a day for British Cycling!
Chris Newton won Bronze in the points race, and Steven Burke won Bronze in the pursuit. Bradley Wiggins won Gold in the individual pursuit, having come from behind. Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar were formidable in the Keirin – an event I’d not seen before these games – I like it!
Add to this the Gold for the GB Sprint team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy, the Gold for Nicole Cooke, and the Silver for Emma Pooley in the Women’s Time Trial. Also there is the Women’s Individual Pursuit; we have an all British final between Wendy Houvenaghel and Rebecca Romero and it’s looking really great for British Cycling.
On top of all this, Mark Cavendish has yet to compete.
The cycling achievement of the year for me wasn’t an Olympian though. It wasn’t Mark Cavendish in the Tour (who will compete in the Olympics on Tuesday in The Madison). It was Mark Beaumont, who broke the world record for cycling around the world. The documentary of his achievement is worth watching (even if you don’t like cycling, but like travelogues), and can be seen on BBC1 from Monday to Thursday next week at 22:35. I have seen this as it was previously shown on BBC Scotland (thanks, iplayer!), and it makes for great television (you may know him from the ‘Orange’ advert)
I just hope that British Cycling use this high profile when they return to parlay this success into a promotion of ‘everyday cycling‘ in the UK – i.e. cycling for the rest of us. After all, Nicole Cooke started out just riding to school in the mornings. Elite British Cycling has never been in better health. Let’s see this reflected on the streets with a big increase in secure cycle parking availability and other bike-friendly features (and not just in London)
Oh, apparently we also did well in some water-based activities. Rowing and Swimming, I think it was.
Well done to Mark Cavendish on his fourth stage victory in the Tour de France. Quite outstanding. He’s still not in contention for the green jersey (given to the leader on points).
It really was a great burst of speed. Watching it head on, I couldn’t believe that he was sitting up as he crossed the line, but the side and overhead shots showed just how quick the guy was.
Le Britannique Mark Cavendish décroche son quatrième succès personnel vendredi en remportant le sprint massif à Nîmes devant l’Australien Robbie McEwen et le Français Romain Feillu. Cadel Evans reste en Jaune.
La maxime de l’Anglais Gary Lineker est devenue proverbiale : « Le football se joue à onze contre onze et à la fin, et l’Allemagne gagne à la fin ». Son compatriote Mark Cavendish peut désormais lancer sa propre version pour le Tour de France : les sprints massifs se jouent entre 158 cyclistes et Cavendish gagne à la fin. Le jeune sprinteur du Team Columbia a remporté vendredi au terme de l’interminable ligne droite de Nîmes (1,9 km) le quatrième sprint sur plat disputé depuis Brest. Une nouvelle fois, il a fait dérailler les trains Crédit Agricole, Milram ou Liquigas pour s’imposer avec trois longueurs d’avance malgré le vent de face. Les francs-tireurs Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) et Romain Feillu (Agritubel), deuxièmes et troisièmes, n’ont même pas eu l’ombre d’un espoir sous la chaleur méridionale.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish won his fourth personal success this friday by winning the mass spring in Nîmes ahead of the Australian Robbie McEwan and the French Romain Feillu. Cadel Evans remains in Yellow.
The maxim of Englishman Gary Linekar has become a proverb: “Footballis playing eleven against eleven and at the end, Germany wins”. His compatriot, Mark Cavendish, can now launch his own version for the Tour de France: The mass sprints are between 158 cyclists and Cavendish wins in the end. The young sprinter for Team Colomba won on friday on the fourth sprint flat disputed since Brest. Once again he derailed Credit Agricole, Liquigas and Milram with three lengths ahead in spite of the wind. The sprinters Robbie McEwen (of Silence-Lotto) and Romain Feillu (of Agritubel), who were second and third, did not even have the slightest hope in the southern heat.
For info, the points are awarded as follows:
The general individual points classification will be determined by adding the points obtained in the individual stage classification, in accordance with the following scales and taking into account time penalties:
- For flat road racing stages: 35, 30, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for the first 25 riders
- For rolling stages: 25, 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for the first 20 riders
- For mountain stages: 20, 17, 15, 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for the first 15 riders
- For individual time trial stages: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for the first 10 riders.
- For each hot-spot sprint 6, 4 and 2 points are attributed to the first three riders respectively.