Cycling Weekly September 24 issue

From the editor:

Should every Tour de France finish with a mountain time trial? I think maybe it should. Saturday’s showdown on La Planche des Belles Filles provided the kind of nail-biting finale that we’ve been waiting for since 1989.

To watch a Tour leader collapse on the final day of racing is cruel and exhilarating in equal measure. To watch a 21-year-old, who has seemingly ridden the Tour alone, thrash the might of Jumbo-Visma’s uber-team when riding mano a mano was jaw-dropping. Some might say unbelievable.

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Let’s not forget that had their form gone the other way the TT would have instead been a fitting coronation for Primož Roglič. So an ideal end to the race either way.

The Tour has often finished with a late TT 
of course, but flat ones don’t offer the same knife-edge for a rider to navigate.

A struggling rider can nurse themselves around a 30 or 40km flat time trial with minimum losses, while a flying rider can only gain so much. But put them on a testing climb, at the end of a gruelling three weeks, and time gaps are stretched as tired legs and vanishing form are found out.

While it was painful to watch, it was reassuring to be reminded that the riders are human after all, and no matter how strong a Tour leader and his team look the race isn’t over until it’s over.

Simon Richardson
Cycling Weekly Magazine Editor

Inside this week’s magazine:

Brailsford: Winning next year’s Tour starts now

Brilliant Bennett ends Sagan’s reign

Opinion: Don’t underestimate Pogacar’s team

Giro Rosa whets Worlds appetite

Tour de France review

Tour: Our top 10 moments

How Slovenia came to dominate the Tour

Tour: What affect did Covid-19 have?

Tested: Hitting the trails on Shimano GRX

Do you need hookless rims

Gear of the Week: Including the Xplova Noza Smart Trainer

Fitness: Indoor pain + Outdoor gain

Fitness: A week in training with Emily Meakin

Dr Hutch: The Doc reflects on the agonies experienced by a rider when they’re 
unceremoniously dumped into the ‘nobody’ category

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