Welcome to Cycle Sport’s Big Read of the Year 2009, a collection of some of the finest writing from Britain’s best monthly cycling magazine.
Over the past 12 months our writers have covered all the biggest stories in the sport.
What better time is there than the Christmas and New Year holidays to look back and indulge in some of the most memorable events of the year.
Click on the links below to read the articles – more will be posted soon!
THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
Cycle Sport was fortunate enough to be in the Columbia team car the day Edvald Boasson Hagen won Ghent-Wevelgem. It was an epic ride.
Inside the team car: Best seat in the house>>
AN ITALIAN IN YELLOW
Rinaldo Nocentini tells us what it’s like to lead the Tour de France for a week.
Rinaldo Nocentini: An Italian in yellow>>
BRADLEY WIGGINS: THE CHANGING MAN
The inside story of Bradley Wiggins’s year-long transformation from Olympic pursuit champion to Tour de France superstar.
Bradley Wiggins: The transformation>>
2009 TOUR DE FRANCE
Cycle Sport‘s engaging and revealing look at how the 2009 Tour unfolded.
How Alberto Contador won the 2009 Tour de France>>
AN ENIGMATIC TALENT
Garmin’s Jonathan Vaughters with a remarkably frank assessment of the talent of his rider Tom Danielson, explaining why it has been so challenging to convert natural ability into big results.
Jonathan Vaughters on the enigmatic Tom Danielson>>
AFTER THE TOUR: THE ALBERTO CONTADOR INTERVIEW
Alberto Contador on being the best cyclist in the world and his clashes with his supposed team-mate Lance Armstrong.
After the Tour: The Alberto Contador interview>>
AT HOME WITH LANCE
Before Lance Armstrong came back to cycling after three years of retirement, Cycle Sport‘s deputy editor Edward Pickering travelled to Austin, Texas, to interview him at home. In this revealing, no-holds-barred exchange, Armstrong provides answers to some of the questions posed by his harshest critics.
At home with Lance>>
WE BEAT CAV (at chess)
When Cycle Sport heard that Mark Cavendish liked the occasional game of speed chess to keep his mental reactions sharp, we couldn’t resist issuing a challenge. Find out how Cavendish’s chess skills stood up to the mighty Cycle Sport. Our verdict, chess can reveal a lot about a man.
Chess Challenge: Cycle Sport v Cavendish>>
BENNATI: A SPRINTER AND A GENTLEMAN
Steve Farrand caught up with Daniele Bennati and asked him about how he keeps calm in the eye of the storm, the frenetic bunch sprints.
Bennati: A sprinter and a gentleman>>
HOW CAVENDISH WON MILAN-SAN REMO
He was written off by almost everyone. The climbs were too steep, the race was too long, Mark Cavendish could not win Milan-San Remo. Well, Cavendish and his Columbia team thought differently. Lionel Birnie sat down with Cavendish during the track World Championships and discovered how a game of bluff helped him net his biggest victory yet.
Cavendish at Milan-San Remo: Landing the big one>>
BRADLEY WIGGINS: GUITAR HERO
Music freak, guitar player and occasional bike rider Bradley Wiggins gives us an exclusive low-down on the songs, albums, venues and guitarists that have shaped his life.
Bradley Wiggins: Guitar hero>>
TYLER FARRAR: NEXT BIG THING
When Cycle Sport met up with the American sprinter he was on the sidelines with an injury, but dreaming big of taking on Cavendish on his return.
Tyler Farrar: Next big thing>>
THE BEST TOUR OF ALL-TIME
Few would argue that the 1989 Tour de France was the greatest Tour of them all. We caught up with some of the key players and asked them for their perspective on the race 20 years on.
The greatest Tour of them all>>
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