Ian Stannard: 'I don't think I deserve my hardman reputation. I just get on with my job'

Speaking exclusively to Cycling Weekly, Team Sky's Ian Stannard talks of his love of hard races and how to beat Quick-Step

Watching the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix on television or by the side of the road and it's hard not to be in awe of the riders - thundering along rough cobbled roads at high speed and tearing up steep climb after steep climb, hour after hour.

At the end of both races we see the exhausted riders, empty eyes staring into the distance and dusty faces being washed down by soigneurs, and wonder just how tough these men have to be to compete in such brutal races.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.