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  1. Kevin clarke - April 16, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Thanks cillian for your posts, your pieces are very well written and informed. Keep up the good work.

  2. Stephen Salmon - June 24, 2011 @ 2:28 am

    i’ll second Kevin’s comment!!

  3. simon - August 23, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    How’s it going Cillian?
    I would have to third Kevin and Stephen. Your posts are great!

    I just wanted to ask you about Peter Sagan. Any thoughts on what the future holds for him? I was mightily impressed by his chase of Cunego in the Dauphine and his sprint prowess is scary. Cannibal Mark 2?

  4. Stephen Salmon - August 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Quick question – with Chavenal wearing Red and Moreno Polka and also white but Chavenal 2nd in white too and Martin 3rd i assume he’s wearing white today?? when was last time an Irish rider wore a jersey in a GT? Must of been Stephen Roche?? 97 or shortky after?

  5. Irish Peloton - August 24, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    @simon – I had this same conversation about Peter Sagan recently, and it’s an interesting one. Personally, I hope he doesn’t try to become a Grand Tour rider and instead focuses on the classics every year. There’s way too much focus on riders targetting Grand Tours.

    For instance, the greatest classics rider in a generation, Philippe Gilbert, has to bat away constant questions about whether he will ever try and win a three-week race. Why should he? He’s doing pretty well at the moment without trying to win the Tour isn’t he? Let’s leave him be doing what he does best instead of trying to change him.

    Sagan has shown that he con compete in week-long stag races and has all the hallmarks of a brilliant classics rider too. Say I would envisage a Laurent Jalabert-esque career for him. One thing’s for sure, he’ll be incredibly exciting to watch over the next few years.

    @Stephen – Last time an Irish rider wore a leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour was Sean Kelly in the 1989 Tour de France. He took over the lead in the green points jersey after Stage Seven and kept it all the way to Paris.

    As for today. I reckon you’re right. Chavanel will obviously be in red. And Moreno’s mountains jersey will take precedence over wearing white, which should leave Martin in white. Great stuff!

  6. Stephen Salmon - August 24, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    Awww!! Hell i should av known that without thinking!! Duhh! Speaking of Sagan/Gilbert … i think its nearly every riders dream to win a GT, particularly those who mop up the classics and short to mid term stage races like Nice, Swiss and Austria etc … Look at King Kelly (btw i think his commentary is brilliant on Eurosport! I wish to hell Ligget and Sherwin would retire so i could watch the GT’s on the big TV rather than the laptop, my God they are soooo bad and to think i thought they were great when growing up watching the tour on Channel 4. Jeez remember RTE had cycling on nearly every weekend? Them were the days!) .. he would have retired a less happy man if he hadn’t of won the Veulta, specially because of his high LtdF placings, i still think to this day if he hadn’t of crashed out in ’87 he could av given Roche, Delgado, JFB n all a good run for their money (see the diff between Kelly crashing out with a broken collarbone then to Wiggins this year? Kelly fighting on teammates pushing him and helping as best they could then breaks down in tears climbong into the broom wagon and Wiggins wishing the ambulance would hurry the f up so he can lie back on a stretcher, mad the difference!!)… coz i suppose deep down these boys of that type know they have it in em…somewhere! Just my thoughts on it… id say its a very personal thing to each individual…

  7. Neil Simpson - April 2, 2016 @ 6:59 pm

    Hi Cillian

    I felt a bit guilty about asking the question about the lineage of riders from the first TdF to today, provoked by your comment about Kwiatkowski riding with Armstrong, especially since you mentioned it on TWiCH!
    Anyway, I thought the least i could do was have a crack myself.

    Lucien Pothier 03-21
    Léon Despontin 21-27
    Andre Leducq 27-38
    Gino Bartali 37-53
    Louison Bobet 48-59
    Jacques Anquetil 58-66
    Raymong Poulidor 62-76
    Joop Zoetemelk 70-85
    Phil Anderson 81-94
    Eddy Seigneur 94-04
    Matteo Tasatto 97-15

    11 steps, though maybe a bit of work could get it down to 10!
    Just a bit of fun.
    Love TWiCH, keep it up.


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