Illiteracy a la Cameron

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, has had the benefit of a very good education. He attended Eton and was later awarded a Bachlor of Arts degree by Oxford University. Yet, when it comes to the issue of Climate Change, he apparently becomes,...

Climate Change and logic

The latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report is literally fabulous. In the light of clear evidence that their computer models do not match real data, the IPCC roundly declare increased confidence in the reliability of...

Martin makes it three in a row

Tony Martin won the World's Road Cycling Individual Time Trial today. As Bradley Wiggins, who came second, said in his post-race interview: Martin was at "another level." One had to sympathise with Wiggins. He had paced his effort perfectly and it is...

Obama's contradictory UN speech

Today US president Barrack Hussain Obama addressed the United Nations. His speech was riddled with contradictions, from start to finish. He told the UN and the world that the US had no interests in Syria other than peace. Yet within mere minutes he...

A sport for everyone

The sixth stage of the Tour of Britain was won by Simon Yates. This was particularly impressive as on the run up to the summit finish, the leading group had dropped many good climbers and attacks by Quintana, who won the King of the Mountains in this...

Tactics win races

Stage four of the Tour of Britain provided a text book illustration of the axiom: tactics win races.   Mark Cavendish won the stage, but only partially as a result of the tactics of Omega Pharma Quick Step. Cavendish won the stage primarily as a...

Wiggins shows his form

In stage three of the Tour of Britain, Bradley Wiggins showed that his current form is excellent. He rode an excellent time trial to take both the stage and the general classification. His closest rival, fellow Sky team member, Ian Stannard, was...

Cavendish has a sense of humour, possibly

Stage two of the Tour of Britain was characterised by attack after attack. All of which were pulled back more or less quickly by Sky. So, with ten kilometres to go, Mark Cavendish attacked the peloton on a hill. He got all of two hundred metres on the...

Horner keeps the red jersey

Christopher Horner rode the parade that was the final stage of the Vuelta to win the race. This is an incredible achievement. At almost forty-two, he is the oldest man to ever win a grand tour. And, in a professional cycling career of almost twenty...

Horner takes the day and the race (probably)

Christopher Horner is riding the race of his life. In the penultimate stage of the Vuelta, on the final climb, an elite group of general classification contenders fought for victory on a twenty per cent plus gradident. Nibali attacked again and again....

Horner takes red, again

In a dramatic finish to stage nineteen of the Vuelta, Chris Horner took the lead in the general classification. From being three seconds down on Vincenzo Nibali at the start of the day, he now leads him by three seconds.   Horner, for the first...

Domestique extraordinaire

Vasli Kiryienka, Sky domestique, won stage eighteen of the Vuelta in an extraordinary manner. He was in a break of fifteen riders. On the penultimate climb of the day, with almost forty kilometres to go, he rode away from the rest of the break, went...

Mollema saves his Vuelta

Bauke Mollema entered the Vuelta with serious general classification intent. Yet he has had a very disappointing race. So he is doubtless both pleased and relieved to have taken stage seventeen with an attack against a reduced peloton in the final...

Barguil does it again

Stage sixteen was perhaps a day for repetition. Barguil made it into the break and managed to stay away to the end, mirroring his earlier stage victory.   Similarly, the general classification contenders didn't bother about the break, preferring...

The queen stage

The queen stage of the Vuelta was expected by many to make a significant difference to the general classification. That did not happen. For the third time in a row, a break got away and Alexandre Geniez of Francise des Jeux made it to the finish line...

And so it raineth

I fully expected stage fourteen of the Vuelta to prove difficult and so it did. The degree of difficulty was greatly increased by heavy rain. The wind chill factor was so great, Ivan Basso, who had been seventh in the general classification at the...

A day for the break

Stage thirteen provided the fulfilled excitement of a successful break. It took repeated attempts before a group of nineteen riders established a breakaway. The fast climb up the Alto del Rat Penat split the break to pieces, although ten riders...

Rainbow jersey wins, at last

Philippe Gilbert finally achieved a victory in his world's champion jersey. In a perfectly judged sprint, he caught, drafted and past Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen.   However, given the fact that the peloton were all together at the finish, the...

Nibali in red, again

The individual time trial stage was convincingly won by Fabian Cancellara. However, Nibali's excellent ride saw him home in fourth, beating Horner's time by more than a minute and a half, which was more than enough to put Nibali back at the top of the...

Horner wins stage and takes red

Christopher Horner of RadioShack powered up the final climb of stage ten to take victory and the red jersey. Nibali followed in hot pursuit, but he left the chase (deliberately?) too late to catch Horner. Nevertheless, his chase meant he took time on...

The power of promises to children

Dani Moreno, according to Eurosport's Carlton Kirby, promised his child he would win stage nine of the Vuelta and take the red jersey. And that's exactly what happened.   Moreno, riding on home ground, timed his attack to perfection. With seven...

Into the mountains

As expected, the move into the mountains brought a shake up in the general classification. In a surprise late move, stage eight was won by Leopold Konig of the second division team, Netapp Endura. Yet, it was Nicolas Roche of Saxo Tinkoff who took the...