Stannard Landbouwkrediet

The day after completing the Four Days of Dunkirk, Ian Stannard was back at his base in Belgium. In the morning he went for a ride, just a couple of easy hours in the sunshine to spin the legs and stay loose after a hard stage race in northern France.

In the afternoon, he poured himself a cold drink and settled down to watch the third stage of the Giro d?Italia, rooting for a Mark Cavendish win.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.