It’s here at last!

Well another wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling again here on the start day of the greatest biggest sporting spectacle on the planet……..yes the Tour de France.
Last night the teams were presented to 100’s of fans in Dusseldorf and a chance to show off new bikes, new kits and their individual ambitions ahead of the next three weeks. Over this time the riders will cover over 3500 km’s, ride through all five mountain ranges in France and hopefully make it to the finish in Paris.
For each rider there is an individual ambition and we all have our favourites but I want to highlight where I think a few key moments will be decided over the course of the race. Without a doubt the general classification this year is going to be on of the closest on record and I think will go right to that penultimate day time trial in Marseille. Chris Froome is still the man to beat booths had an indifferent quiet start to 2017 but I think keeping the powder dry until the race starts. He has a super strong team around him and bar a massive mess up I cant see past him being on the stop step of the podium in Paris. However I do think he will be pushed all the way by Romain Bardet and of course his friend and old team mate Richie Porte.

Then there is the green points jersey and who can this possibly go to!!! Peter Sagan has won the last five years and is looking to equal the great Eric Zabel’s record of six consecutive wins in this competition and who can stop him?! He has that all round ability to win stages, get over the mountains and take sprint points. I certainly wouldn’t bet against him taking his sixth.

As for the rest of the race there is many riders who will be out to prove a point and get those elusive stage wins. Mark Cavendish returns from a long injury lay off to aim for more sprint wins, Steve Cummings fresh from national championship victories will look of r astute or two and of course lets not forget those mountain points hungry riders I am sure we will see battle it out at the summit finishes. 

What I can say is to will be one cracking race throwing up many exciting races and stages and I for now will be glued to the TV each day until I make my way out to Paris for the final stage. Until then happy cycling one and all.

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The Most Beautiful Race

A wheely great welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling on this sunny May afternoon. I am sat writing this while awaiting my operation. Those who have followed my woes over the last year will know where I am at but having been cancelled this week it is scheduled for next week and hopefully these head pains will soon be a thing of the past and my racing and riding can get back on track.

So as I write this the most beautiful race in the world is on the TV, yes the Giro D’Italia. This race is the 100th edition of the first grand tour of the year and the organisers have pulled out all stops to make this a special one. Starting on the gorgeous island of Sardinia the race has since moved to Sicily for the summit finish on Mount Etna and now it is firmly back on the mainland. The route is one of testing climbs, demanding time trials, explosive sprint stages and parcours made for breakaways. Already the pink jersey has changed hands four times and given us five winners. The sprints for Greipel and Gaviria and a classic summit win from Polanc amongst the stages so far.

The big boys will come to the fore this Sunday with the first serious summit finish of Blochaus mountain and who will bet against the likes of Nibali, Quintana and our own G battling out on the slopes. What we do know is the next 15 stages of this race will throw up some surprises and give us some superb racing. Catch it all on Quest TV and Eurosport and enjoy!!!

I am off to the Spin Cycling Festival this weekend so check out my instagram for updates throughout the day on Saturday from this cool fashionable show and until next time happy riding one and all.

Polanc atop Etna

Greipel sprinting to victory