In 2021 the bike racing season returned to “normal” after the Covid-19 pandemic, but the racing kept up the same frenetic tempo that had stunned fans and media in 2020. There were new stars and old, unlikely comebacks and improbable upsets, drama, suspense and controversy. From the team behind the lacourseentete.com website, this is the must-have review of a rollercoaster year.
|Meet The Team
OJ Borg is the lacourseentete podcast specialist. A broadcaster of long standing who is currently with BBC Radio Two, when not out on his bike, OJ is a long-time cycling fan who was for many years the presenter of the BBC Radio podcast Bespoke.
Nick Bull was drawn to cycling aged nine when the Rochester International Classic World Cup race took place on local roads in 1997. He joined Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport as a reporter in 2011, and went on to become the magazines’ news editor. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live’s BeSpoke cycling show, he is also the PR & digital manager for the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour races. He tweets @nickbull21.
Peter Cossins devoured Phil Liggett’s reports in his dad’s newpspaper in the 70s and began work at Cycling Weekly as the magazine was preparing to launch Cycle Sport. He was procycling editor between 2006 and 2009 and currently specialises in writing books about the sport, having started as ghost writer on Stephen Roche’s Born to Ride. Twice an award winner for his books, Pete currently lives with his family in the Pyrenees, with an office overlooking the Prat d’Albis climb.
William Fotheringham is lead cycling writer at The Guardian, having covered 26 Tours de France before retiring from front line duty in 2017. A former writer at Cycling Weekly, he helped launch Cycle Sport before founding the monthly procycling together with Jeremy Whittle. His best selling books include Put Me Back on My Bike: in search of Tom Simpson (2002), Fallen Angel: the Passion of Fausto Coppi (2008), and Merckx: Half-Man, Half-Bike (2012).
Amy Jones is a freelance writer based in Girona, Spain. She primarily covers women’s cycling and is passionate about equality in sports. She contributes to Rouleur, Cyclingtips and cyclingnews.com and is also the editor of Women’s Cycling Weekly, a newletter covering the week’s news and content from the world of women’s cycling which can be found on Substack at mamilrepeller.substack.com.
Matt Morris is a Shropshire based designer who started his own company in 2008 and has worked with cycling brands Orbea, Scott, Bianchi and Viner as well as a number of bluechip companies and the Lawn Tennis Association. Like many, he was drawn to cycling by Channel Four’s Tour coverage and currently enjoys thrashing his gravel bike around the lanes.
Sophie Smith has been covering cycling since 2010, beginning with regional newspaper the Geelong Advertiser. She joined SBS in 2011, then moved to the UK to work freelance in 2012 before returning to Melbourne where she is a regular contributor to cycling magazines and websites; she has covered the Tour de France nine times.
Jeremy Whittle began covering cycling in 1993, for Winning magazine, where his first assignment was interviewing a Texan upstart named Lance Armstrong. He has covered the Tour de France for 25 years, for the Times and currently for the Guardian, and joined William in launching procycling in 1999. His books Bad Blood and Racing Through the Dark (with David Millar) were shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. SWpix.com provide lacourseentete with photographs; they are an independent mainly sports specific picture agency, whose live and archive imagery appears in national and regional newspapers and across many digital platforms.
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