Here’s the VeloVeritas take on our Sunday in the City by the Clyde, or as it goes in The Gaelic, ‘The Dear Green Place’, for the British Road Championships 2013.
Many of you will have been there and will have your own race report inside your head but just to remind you:
“Stannard and Fenn go clear on lap one; Millar, Kennaugh, Swift and Cavendish chase and eventually bridge up; those six are the race; Swift and Fenn run out of gas and slide off; Kennaugh gets dropped on the last lap; Cav leaves Stannard and Millar in his jet wash over the last 350 metres in Glasgow Green to be crowned British Champion.”
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The Men of the Day
As Dave says, he draws you into being a fan – and that was before we saw him ride in the break all day long.
You’ll have your own superlatives for the man – all we can say is; ‘total respect, Mark.’
He’s the real thing, we wrote about him winning Gullegem Koerse the other week, no ‘softies’ win that one.
I remember seeing him before the Copenhagen U23 Worlds and thinking; ‘he could get a medal here!’ he was so focussed – and history proved me correct.
Sometimes there’s a tad too much art school ‘RaphaSpeak’ for me; but you have to respect the man.
There’s not much he hasn’t done in professional cycling – and call me corny but I love the fact that he’s proud of his Scottish roots.
When some were ducking on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Millar was right there and giving his all for the Saltire.
Martin and I were at the Tour one year a barrier leaning US fan for some reason thought that ‘Mee-lahr’ was American.
The reply was succinct; ‘I’m f**king Scottish!’
He’s paid his dues, Landbouwkrediet and ISD – neither team was for cissies.
He was stellar in Milan-Sanremo and if Sky gets their Classics preparation right then he’s a man who could win one.
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But it wasn’t a good day for…
He’s still suffering from his war wounds from Thursday night when his front tub and base tape got a divorce on the first corner of the night in the British time trial champs.
But doesn’t he look the part?
His progress has stalled a little this season and this was another day which wasn’t his.
The world was this man’s oyster, 12 months ago.
Personally, I don’t think Sky was the right choice – I’d have taken the big offer from NetApp.
But word is that he’ll have freedom at the Vuelta, we hope so – a big talent and a nice guy.
A man who it’s impossible not to respect – but a day spent in those groups chasing in vain all day for the NetApp man.
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And we like…
A former winner of this race, he looks and rides like a pro should – sixth in this company speaks for itself.
One of Glasgow’s coolest bars, enough said.
Davie’s colour scheme; his bike and kit might not be to everyone’s taste but it gets noticed and looks the part – plus it’s so much safer to ride in that all that black stuff…
Ben Swift’s Dogs
It’s the kind of thing to make Vik’s eyebrows raise and start him ranting – but we like a bit of nonsense now and again; it’s a good photo op and conversation starter.
And on the subject of Vik… good to see him, Dave Chapman and former grass track king, John Hardie enjoying the race.
‘Ceud Mile Failte‘ it says when you enter Glasgow Green; ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ that means in the Gaelic tongue – and wasn’t the race route great?
It was maybe one of the all time great British bike races?
And we loved the artwork above the Val d’Oro chip shop.
Two guys we like but who are not quite there, yet…
Vik and I disagree over Ben, I think he’s a quality rider with Grand Tour stage wins in his legs – Vik thinks that he’s too cosseted on Sky.
Vik likes Ian Stannard because he paid his dues on much less high profile squads that Sky.
And he now likes Alex Dowsett because he jumped ship on Planet Murdoch – both fair comments.
But I think he’s wrong about Ben – although I did say that Cav would never make it with the pros…
Ben’s not quite yet back to 100% fitness after his bad crash in Mallorca at the start of the year, but he’s not far away.
Peter has never forgiven me for allegedly misquoting him about a madison he rode with Cav – I can’t even remember which one it was, now.
‘Have you forgiven me yet, Peter?’ I’ve asked him.
But any man that can be on the winning squad in an Olympic team pursuit final is quality – we just wish the magazines would stop bigging him up as; ‘Britain’s next Tour de France winner’ and let him get on with learning his job.
We thought he’d be on the podium in Glasgow but that really was a regal trio in front of him.
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But we’re not sure about…
It’s a thin line between cool and OTT – we think that he’s taken the Professorial thing too far.
There’s number of good barbers in Glasgow, Brian.