Author Archives: Alex Murray

Some of the things Sir Bradley Wiggins might say to Andrew Marr about Grand Tour TUEs

Coming this weekend exclusively on #marr – @OfficialWIGGINS tells @AndrewMarr9 why he took triamcinolone. BBC1 9am, Sunday. pic.twitter.com/pjdqmYuqdg — Rob Burley (@RobBurl) September 23, 2016 I could have misjudged XIX Management’s strategy on this, but their game now is re-positioning … Continue reading

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Here’s why Sky should have invested in a British Women’s team

Because women control the vast majority of consumer purchase decisions in the household 70-80% was the figure I was told by Bob Stapleton, owner of High Road Sports in 2011 – HTC-Colombia – on the process of searching for new … Continue reading

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Does British cycling have a problem with women?

So, we’re here again, debating sexism and British Cycling. Hard for British Cycling to ignore views of both @v_pendleton & @NicoleCooke2012 (https://t.co/xle9oKLTN2) https://t.co/81SHvVhyyz — Alex Murray (@leguape) April 26, 2016 Nicole’s article contains a more analytical and well-evidenced case. That … Continue reading

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The joy of Gary Imlach’s Tour de France coverage

Gary Imlach has been part of my summer for 20 years now, so it feels right to praise one of the best broadcasters in sport. A carrier bag for a hat The image of him defying the elements – a … Continue reading

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London 2007 v Yorkshire 2014 – Tour de France compared

So the report into Yorkshire (and London and Cambridge) hosting the Grand Depart 2014 has finally surfaced. You can read the full report here as a PDF file . Here’s the equivalent summary for London 2007 which is worth re-reading as a … Continue reading

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5 things you should know about that Colombian cycling kit

1. It’s not the national team or the national team kit It’s the colours of IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar, who the Colombian Federation proudly announced would be competing in the Giro Del Toscana 2. It’s not flesh or nude, it’s gold There … Continue reading

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Farewell the mighty Emma Pooley

#149177043 / gettyimages.com Big scoop for Sarah Connolly to get Emma Pooley’s retirement story for Rouleur. I interviewed Emma a few times back in 2009, when I had time to write about women’s cycling. On one occasion she called me … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 6 – Women’s Tour and Giro 2014

Between here and the third week of July, it’s hard to think of a more interesting and exciting week in the sport of professional cycling, to use a classic Sherwenism. The inaugural Women’s Tour and the Giro d’Italia are both up for discussion. Is this the start of something big for women’s cycling? Can the Giro defy expectations yet again? Continue reading

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Podcast Episode 5 – Just in time for Paris-Roubaix

After too much coffee and – appropriately enough – a Belgian bun, I rattle though some choice morsels in episode 5 of the eternally delayed and somewhat infrequent Chasing Wheels podcast: Paris-Roubaix, betting, Women’s World Cup coverage, Fleche Wallonne coverage, Contador back on form, and Great Britain gets ready to stand by its roadsides. Continue reading

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Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up?

Do Yorkshire’s Tour de France sums add up? I’m not certain the hope of their claims can be matched by the expectations of reality. Continue reading

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