Roger Hammond Team High Road 2008

Roger Hammond grew up in The Chilterns, went to school there, trained on the roads, won the junior race that supports the Archer Grand Prix and, in 2000, won the Archer itself.

He reacted with sadness when he heard the race had been cancelled. ?It?s a pity but I can remember it being quite busy round there,? said Hammond, who is preparing for Saturday?s Het Volk.

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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.