Gordon McCauley 2007

Gordon McCauley was one of several dnf?s during yesterday?s stage of the Tour of Britain after a stomach bug and mechanical problems conspired to put him out of contention.

The Kiwi eventually climbed off his bike after the second climb of Watersmeet, ?I was sick the night before and spent the whole night on the toilet,? the Plowman Craven rider told

?I had some gearing problems on the first climb and had to ride it in the big chainring. I managed to stay with the leaders, but when I came back to look for the management they were looking after some of the other riders who had been dropped.?

McCauley then punctured after the second climb of Watersmeet and after waiting several minutes for a change, decided to call it a day. ?I don?t want to keep forcing myself with the worlds coming up.?

?I rode 60km this morning, I?ll start each day and ride ahead of the route and climb off at the feed and get a lift with the soigny?s. I need to take it easy but I also need to train.?

Chris Newton was another non-finisher on the races crucial second stage after learning that his expectant wife had been admitted to hospital. It wasn?t a great day for the British team as Adam Bonser pulled out through illness and none of their riders finished in the lead group.

Linus Gerdemann of T-Mobile, Hans Dekkers (Agritubel), Michael Wolf (Navigators) and Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) were the other non finishers.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel