This year has been far from expected. As I lifted the surprisingly heavy and springy trophy, smashing it against the podium roof as I did so, the empty square down below was definitely not how I had ever pictured celebrating winning a big race. In 2010, aged fifteen, I raced in mainland Europe for the first time, in the Flanders region of Belgium. The racing was intense, another level from that of the UK, but the main attraction was the crowds. Even for a ‘nieuwelingen’ (youth) race, there felt like a crazy amount of people out on the road supporting […]
|1st||GC, Giro d'Italia, 2.UWT (2020)|
|1st||Stage 20, Giro d'Italia, 2.UWT (2020)|
|1st||Stage 15, Giro d'Italia, 2.UWT (2020)|
|2nd||Stage 18, Giro d'Italia, 2.UWT (2020)|
|2nd||GC, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|1st||Stage 4, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|1st||Stage 1, Tour of the Alps, 2.HC (2019)|
|2nd||Stage 16, Vuelta a España, 2.UWT (2019)|
|3rd||Stage 15, Vuelta a España, 2.UWT (2019)|
|5th||GC, Tour de Pologne, 2.UWT (2019)|
|5th||GC, Amgen Tour of California, 2.UWT (2018)|
|2nd||Stage 3, Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (2021)|
|1st||British Road Race Championships U23 (2016)|
I’ve written (and spoken about on Mitch’s podcast) about my ‘on the road’ coffee before. It’s something that I have travelled with incarnations-of since 2011, but have never felt was interesting enough to share. However after so many questions and comments from listeners of the podcast, I took two minutes to lay it out here at the Vuelta. I’m no self-professed coffee snob. It is a simple bag of bits, but it works for me and more importantly, allows me to consistently control one key element of my mornings, no matter where in the world I find myself. From bottom […]
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A few of Tao's favourite rides from the places he calls home
Café stop: Blackmore tea rooms (cash only). A pretty flat three hours to the Essex lanes from East London.
- 94.6 km 891 m
- Feature: tea cakes at the cafe
- Good stop
Andorra > Spain > France > Andorra!
- 180 km 3,130 m
- Feature: Coffee at Nordest in Puigcerda. Croisants in Bolquere 2000!
- Good stop
Café stop: Tea Rooms in Hatfield Heath, on the left as you enter the main village green. A loop combining some of the best of the Hertfordshire and Essex lanes.
- 115.1 km 1,056 m
- Good stop
Tough climbing loop up in the mountains behind La Seu d'Urgell.
- 139 km 2,500 m
- Feature: gravel!