In the 2013 event we have the curious case of Thibaut Pinot. The FdJ rider is only 23 and considered one of French cycling’s greatest hopes after winning a stage in the 2012 Tour when he was the youngest rider in the race.
He finished tenth on the GC, the youngest to crack the top ten since 1947.
He has, however, just abandoned the 2013 race, citing a fear of descending as the cause. His brother said that he was in the form of his life going into the race but the young rider has been broken by his fear of descending and by this race in the most spectacular fashion.
“Some people are afraid of spiders or snakes. I’m afraid of speed. It’s a phobia,” he said soon after losing a whopping 25 minutes on Sunday’s stage.
“When I saw that I was not able to stay on the wheel of a rider like Mark Cavendish on the descent off a mountain pass, I asked myself: ‘What am I doing on the Tour?’ I received the clear response that I have nothing to do here.”
A Tour casualty of the highest order, and yet obviously, in a perverse sense, a brave man for admitting his fears.
Even Cavendish has to bunny hop curbs to avoid cars in stage 6 of the 2013 Tour de France
With 80km left to go and riding solo into the wind on a miserable rainy day Merckx’s director told him to back off and wait for the group… “Go screw yourself” was his response
Ugh, Jeannie Longo, seriously? Hope this fails ignominiously, and backfires on her.(via womenscycling)
Protest all ya want… It’s not going to make any difference.
It’s about cleaning up the image of sport. The riders regardless of history must embrace their inclusion. It only serves to make improvements for all.
Its what cyclists do…
We don’t all risk road rash everyday riding 50 strong in the peloton.
We don’t see aero gain worth mentioning.
We don’t have deep tissue muscle massages after each ride.
We don’t have a real reason to do it.
We do it because it’s what road cyclists do! Like obsessing over the weight of our bike and the protein contents of our next meal its one of the things that proves our dedication to the wheels.