Caaaaaaaaaaaaavvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv!!!!!!!! What a weekend for road racing.......well if you are British anyway! By now you probably all know that Mark Cavendish (my favourite rider) won the very prized Rainbow Jersey, and is now the new World Road Race Champion. Its a good time to be British. We've had to wait a while for this mind, 46 years by my counting, the last champion being the awesome Tom Simpson.
Cavendish in Rainbow Jeresy. Photo: Telegraph.
We topped the Medal table with some good results all round, and a notable fantastic Time Trial ride by Bradley Wiggins who came second. The Brit,s riding with strength of eight riders, rode a magnificent race supporting and protecting Cavendish. But its got to be said that Mark, ever humbly crediting his own team, produced a blinder of a sprint. He looked out of it as he was sitting near tenth and boxed in with 300 metres to go. Yet he found the smallest of gaps down the side of the barrier and with 200 to go, launched with that trade mark turn of speed that I think many of the Peleton have little answer for. Anyway enough of my totally bias boasting heres the last frantic minutes of the road race that you can see here.
One question: Whats with his helmet? It looks horrible. I can see its a specialised one, but it seems to have a cover on it, which not only makes it look odd but surely can't be cooling his head down very much.
So all over it has been a good year for cycling for this country. Noticeable other achievement being Danny Harts World Downhill victory, Cavendishes Green Jersey in the Tour de France and second and third places in the Vuelta. I'm hoping this is just the start of a victory haul. You know what? It good to be able to celebrate my favourite sport for once. Its good to be British today........but if I was Australian, I'd be pretty happy too.