Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Yesterday's news today - Team Sky

Whatever Team Sky and British cycling have achieved so far they are yet to produce a Classics rider who is more than 'potential'. Ok there was Cav in Milan San Remo and a couple of the flatter semi classics but...  As Procycling commented, Dave Brailsford described their 2012 campaign as shit.

The interview this month with Geraint Thomas, as is the way with monthly periodicals, was i imagine written a long time in advance. That is  before Thomas and Sky once again failed to make a significant challenge. If last year was shit, it is hard  to see how Brailsford could raise his verdict for 2013.

There was something strangely mournful about reading Thomas' measured optimism knowing that it has all come to nought. Like a losing lottery ticket, once the vehicle for dreams now just a bit of scrap paper. Of course it's not over, we have those lumpy Ardennes jobbies but it is had to think of a Sky rider who can mix it with a Gilbert or a Sagan. But we travel in hope.