“I don’t care. If I don’t have yellow, I have green. If I don’t have green, I have rainbow.” Peter Sagan after being asked how long he thinks he can keep the leader’s yellow jersey following Stage 2. (Great pick up at the Tour de France by Matt De Neef, aka The Climbing Cyclist and … More Classic Cycling Quotes #131: Sagan edition
“Yes, well, if you can’t drop them on the uphill, try and take them out on the downhill.” The usually deadpan Sean Kelly cracks a joke on Eurosport during Stage 10 of the Giro overnight. He even chuckled.
Overheard at a recent post-ride coffee stop. Hard to argue with him, really. “The most important thing I’ve learned over the years? Don’t keep your butt cream in the same drawer as the hair gel.”
As a Belgian, winning Flanders for the first time is far more important than wearing the maillot jaune in the Tour.” Johan Museeuw
“My cycling career was beautiful, ugly, intense and edifying. I’m ready for a new step. Without my bike.” Thomas Dekker, 30, announcing his retirement from pro cycling this week after failing to find a team for 2015.
One of our all-time favourite quote machines was back to his very best before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico this week, this time taking to Facebook. Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparably eloquent Mark Cavendish: “After 4 days of having my entire body fall out of my arse, I think the first few days of Tirreno Adriatico are … More Classic Cycling Quotes #121: Cav’s back
In the closing kilometres of last night’s final stage at the Vuelta a Andalucia, Top Sport Vlaanderen rider Edward Theuns makes a ballsy solo attempt to steal the win. Clearly impressed with the power on display from the 24-year old Belgian, the irrepressible Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby does what he does best (4:02 on the video): “Look at … More Classic Cycling Quotes #120: frozen chicken smuggler?
Waratahs Cycling Club member #1: “One of the great things about our club is we have a defibrillator for the riders.” Waratahs Cycling Club member #2: “Members only…!” Waratahs Cycling Club member #3: “Of course by the time you check their licence they might be dead.” Typical post-ride coffee banter for a veterans’ cycling club … More Classic Cycling Quotes #118
“People often marvel that cyclists continue to race with horrific injuries, and think that cyclists are tough. It isn’t that cyclists are particularly robust guys; it’s just that they don’t have a choice.” Charlie Wegelius, ex-pro and WorldTour DS calls it how he sees it in his biography, Domestique. A great read.
Met a bloke at Heffron Park in Sydney this morning, Joe, who was telling me he’s lost an incredible 76kg in about a year of riding (he was 147kg, now he’s a very fit looking 71kg). He finished second in the E-grade race this morning, and will surely be getting the handicapper’s shoulder tap pretty … More Classic Cycling Quotes #116