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Callum Skinner won gold and silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Callum Skinner is right to consider himself more than an athlete

Callum Skinner, the gold and silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, announced his retirement yesterday. Still only, 26, he reflected in his retirement statement on his “long and amazing journey,” which is not inaccurate, given that he started out at Meadowbank Velodrome 13 years ago, having been inspired by Chris Hoy’s gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

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Callum Skinner gives voice to the fears of his fellow sportsmen and women. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty

Callum Skinner: ‘No one knows sport better than the athletes’

When you think of top sports people who have become sports politicians or administrators, two names that come instantly to mind are Sebastian Coe and Michel Platini. Each scaled the heights in their respective sport with class and skill and ended up running the show, Coe becoming president of the IAAF, Platini becoming president of UEFA.

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Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey. Pic: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Richard Moore: Geraint Thomas’ stealthy rise to the top

A scene in Time Trial, the recently released film, shows David Millar riding alongside Geraint Thomas during an early season stage race in Italy in 2014. Millar, in his final year, is offloading to Thomas, complaining about the way younger riders race, the lack of respect, the distance, the cold, the sheer pointlessness of, as he put it in another scene, “200 idiots racing each other to a line in the road”.

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File photo dated 28-05-2018 of Kylian Mbappe-Lottin, France PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 13, 2018. The 19-year-old France winger has been earmarked as the player to fill Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's boots, and it is not hard to see why.�See PA story WORLDCUP Hits and Misses. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Until data improves, saying exactly what it means is fraught with risk

A reminder that football isn’t a jogging contest – so read a tweet in response to the data released after France beat Argentina in the World Cup. The stats showed how little ground had been covered by Kylian Mbappé, below right – he ran only 7.6km, 81 per cent of it at a gentle canter of less than 5kph. His team-mates all ran more, and faster. Yet Mbappé’s had been a man of the match performance.

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Chris Froome is aiming for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France triumph. Picture: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Richard Moore: Chris Froome will be under scrutiny like never before

History beckons for Chris Froome when he starts the Tour de France, which begins in the Vendée on Saturday, with No.1 on his back. In what could be a febrile atmosphere, Froome will be bidding for his fifth Tour, equalling the record held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

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Slovakia's Peter Sagan will take to the cobblestones for the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. Picture: Bernard Papon/AFP/Getty Images)

Richard Moore: Peter Sagan is a throwback to cycling’s golden era

P eter Sagan is the greatest cyclist of his generation: a genius on a bike and a showman on and off it. With his €4 million salary and other earnings the Slovak might also be the best paid rider in the history of the sport. But he is finding it difficult to win the races that matter. The exception is the world championship road race, which he has won three years in a row: a curiosity we’ll return to.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates his Tour deFrance victory. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Richard Moore: How far will Britain push for cycling glory?

The timing is perfect but entirely accidental. Tomorrow evening a documentary, Britain’s Cycling Superheroes: The Price of Success?, will be broadcast on BBC Two, just a few days after UK Anti-Doping finally reported, following a 14-month investigation, on one of the many strands to a multifaceted story.

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