Ah, what a year 2013 was – from Armstrong’s carefully stage managed ‘confession’ to Michael ‘Dodger’ Rodgers popping a positive for Clenbuterol via snowstorms, heatwaves and a World Championships that was positively antediluvian. So here’s a dozen questions inspired by the 2013 season and the 100th Tour de France that saw us welcoming another Brit – albeit an African born one – in Yellow on the Champs Elysees.
The year started with a Texan has been admitting something that any cycling fan with half a brain knew already – with 5 ‘yeses’ he went from Cancer Saint to Llance who? Meanwhile, in Australia, a 22 year old bagged himself a national road/time trial championship double. But what (extremely tenuously) links Luke Durbridge with Motherwell FC?
Katusha appealed their World Tour exclusion to CAS and won, meaning fans got to see Joaquim Rodriguez riding at the top level after all. The Spaniard is famously nicknamed ‘Purito’ (the Cigar) but who were: ‘The Butterfly’, ‘King of the Climbers’, ‘4 Stone Coppi’ and ‘Torito’ (and what, unhappily, links them?)
The weather turned miserable as the season kicked off in earnest and Andy Schleck was seen drunk and out of control in a lift by a French politician. Why might the Schlecklette have been quite happy cosying up to a politico in a confined space?
Cancellara did the Flanders-Roubaix double again and Sagan got into hot water for pinching a podium girl’s arse thus reigniting the debate as to whether a 21st century sport really needed podium girls at all. But who lost her job for breaking Tour protocol when a gorgeous rider passed her a note?
In a Giro that extreme weather gave more than a whiff of the ‘old days’, Mark Cavendish took the Points Jersey to complete the Grand Tour set. Who else has achieved this notable feat? And what links the first British Giro stage winner to Colnago’s mentor?
Chris Froome continued the British stranglehold on the Criterium du Dauphine, a race that featured the descent of the col de Sarenne which was to star in the historic Double d’Huez stage of the 100th Tour de France. The rebranded Giro Rosa was won by a resurgent Mara Abbott – what feat does she share with Froome? And what did she prevent Marianne Vos from doing? And who might Vos have been hoping to emulate?
Everything stops for the Tour, particularly the 100th Tour. Chris Froome won it in dominant fashion and became the first rider from the African continent to stand on the top step of the podium. But the race could technically be described as the 101st Tour – what was the name of the Nazi organised ‘Tour’ that took place in 1942?
Tony Martin der Panzerwagen didn’t quite manage keep the peloton at bay in the Vuelta and could only manage 7th place after an extraordinary 175km solo break in the first week of the race. Chris Horner became the oldest rider ever to wear a Grand Tour jersey and went on to win the race breaking whose record? And who was the oldest ever Grand Tour rider?
The World Championships was an enthralling, rain sodden affair with Rui Costa snatching victory from an anguished Joaquim Rodriguez. Meanwhile, Sir Bradley Wiggins redeemed a disappointing season by winning the Tour of Britain. Purito hit back in November by winning the Tour of Lombardy. But who was the first rider to do the Worlds/Lombardy double and what town links him to Rodriguez?
It was all change at the UCI when Britain’s Brian Cookson ousted long standing president Pat McQuaid. Chris Froome won the Velo d’Or – who was the first cyclist to win the French award? And what palmares do they share in common?
Extracts from Michael Rasmussen’s tell all doping confessional ‘Yellow Fever’ were all over the Danish press. Lurid tales of asking his dad to donate blood and using a blood substitute designed for dogs were enough to put anyone off their black pudding. Ryder Hesjedal was also forced to come clean as a result. But what links Rasmussen’s confessions of tricherie with Michel Pollentier?
Michael Rodgers and Jonathan Breyne both failed tests for Clenbuterol after being tested in the Cup of Japan. The 19 year old Belgian tried to commit suicide as a result, ending the year on a sour note, particularly after tweets by Mauro Santambrogio had led to fears for his life in October. Meanwhile the CycloCross World Cup rolled on. But what links Curly and the first Yellow Jersey with Mr Bunnyhop?
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