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Who could have predicted Caleb Ewan's stage win?  Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Richard Moore: Cycling can be a difficult sport to predict

A year ago, when Geraint Thomas claimed the yellow jersey of Tour de France leader in the Alps, I confidently dismissed his chances. I said it was “fanciful” to even imagine that somebody who had never even finished close to the podium could win the Tour de France.

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Colombia's Egan Bernal is co-leader of Team Ineos. Picture: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Time may be right for Colombian Egan Bernal in Tour de France

Thirty-five years ago a 23-year-old Colombian, Luis Herrera, won the Queen stage of the Tour de France on the climb of Alpe d’Huez. As Herrera approached the summit on his own, having attacked and dropped the French heroes Laurent Fignon and Bernard Hinault, the Colombian stock exchange suspended operations to allow the whole country to watch the conclusion to the stage.

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Geraint Thomas won last year's Tour de France. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

This year’s Tour de France is as clear as mud

When he revealed the route for the 2019 Tour de France, the race’s director, Christian Prudhomme, made big play of two significant anniversaries: 100 years since the first yellow jersey, and 50 since the first win of the greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx.

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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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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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