Today's Lowdown starts with Chris Froome's ride in the Dauphiné, but in Lee's unique style he moves from Froome watts to the psychology of the power of the yellow jersey and 'maximal strength'. Lee thinks it's a good job Hillary and Tenzing were not wired for watts on Mount Everest.
The life of a pro cyclist is not all plain sailing, unless you're on the top rung of the WorldTour ladder. Lee Rodgers gives us the lowdown on some of the pitfalls of signing a contract with just about any team, be it national, Continental or with the professionals. Always read the small print!
Pro Analysis: The man with a difficult name to spell and an even more unusual nickname, Michael 'The Flowerman' Kwiatkowski dominated Saturday's 2014 Strade Bianche making pre-race favorites Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara mere also rans. Can he continue in even bigger races? Lee Rodgers analyzes the young man from Poland's performances and what could lay ahead for The Flowerman.
Race Analysis: As a pro cyclist who raced in Qatar and Oman in 2013, Lee Rodgers knows first hand how tough these pre-season races really are. Lee takes the armchair look at who's on current form, hopes for the season, riders to watch, hairstyles and more in the Persian Gulf.
Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's difficult mountain time trial and analyses the winners, the losers and more in another classic Lee's Lowdown.
Race Analysis: At the Giro former teammates Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins experienced vastly different emotions. One is now at home sipping tea whilst the other is sitting pretty in the red points jersey as multiple stage winner. Lee Rodgers takes a closer look at their story.
Race Analysis: There's not much worse in a racer's life than seeing the win just ahead of you only to have it fall away at the last minute. Our resident pro Lee Rodgers unfortunately knows a thing or two about this as he analyzes yesterday's dramatic sprint/man on man pursuit finish.
TDF St.16: Imagine the scenario. You’re tucked up in bed in some dingy French hotel after a hard day in the mountains. You’re racing in The Greatest Show On Earth. You feel good, great even. Your legs are recovering well and you feel stronger by the day. You are, in fact, quite possibly the strongest guy in the race right now. Lee Rodgers delves into the difficult life of super domestique Chris Froome and ponders the big question - attack the boss or no?
TDF St. 11: It was supposed to be a big day and it certainly was. Talking points galore on the first big mountain day that saw several GC hopefuls take a battering, not to mention a sublime ride by Pierre Rolland, France’s new darling, securing the second consecutive stage win for Europcar.