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Martin Ayres has worked at Jaguar for over twelve years, and once again joins Team Sky as their performance engineer during the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta á Éspaña in 2013. Having not ridden a bike for over 20 years, Martin is a recent convert to the sport after his experiences with the Team in 2012 – including during their historic winning campaign for the Tour de France.

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On The Road at the Tour of Britain: We thought Bradley Wiggins might stop to personally thank fans for coming out, Sport

On The Road at the Tour of Britain: We thought Bradley Wiggins might stop to personally thank fans for coming out

What a week it’s been! Driving rain in Scotland, stunning scenery in Wales and Yorkshire, and the amazing experience of racing through London. All the way through, the racing has been fierce.

By | Sport | Monday, 23 September 2013 at 4:24 pm

On the Road at the Tour de France: Off to the races, Sport

On the Road at the Tour de France: Off to the races

“It’s a lap of France”, mentioned Chris Froome recently. Examining that statement a little more explains a lot about the Tour de France. No other event can quite compete in terms of scale; I think it is fair to say.

By | Sport | Friday, 28 June 2013 at 5:58 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: It’s been three weeks of huge contrasts for Team Sky, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: It’s been three weeks of huge contrasts for Team Sky

Phew, we’ve done it. As I remember it that was the overriding emotion across the team camp on Sunday afternoon (said in a few different languages, naturally).

By | Sport | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 at 1:30 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: It sounds sadistic, but the team live for the mountain stages, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: It sounds sadistic, but the team live for the mountain stages

Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until I would be back in the UK. Now I’m planning a route home for Tuesday. Funny thing, time.

By | Sport | Thursday, 23 May 2013 at 5:29 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: We could have been on the tour of Siberia over past 72 hours, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: We could have been on the tour of Siberia over past 72 hours

When cyclists look back on their careers spanning many hundreds (and in some cases possibly thousands) of race days, I think the past couple will stand out as amongst the most testing.

By | Sport | Monday, 20 May 2013 at 6:12 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Feeling ill and racing in the rain must be pretty grim, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Feeling ill and racing in the rain must be pretty grim

I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be professional. On days like today however, I’m pretty happy not to be a pro cyclist!

By | Sport | Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 5:10 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: There are a lot of guys sporting pink in some seriously bright shades, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: There are a lot of guys sporting pink in some seriously bright shades

Here in Treviso (a hub of Italian cycling) it looks like a big pink paint bomb has gone off. As with the Tour in yellow, the Giro is all about pink – the strapline for the race is ‘the fight for pink’.

By | Sport | Monday, 13 May 2013 at 4:46 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Team Sky take obsession with the weather to a new level, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Team Sky take obsession with the weather to a new level

The weather over the past few days has been far from ideal. The riders turned up yesterday at the team bus looking like they’d just undergone a severe hosing down. I’m usually amazed by how well they look and cheerful they are after such long distances, but they really wore the day on their expressions yesterday.

By | Sport | Thursday, 9 May 2013 at 3:53 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Grand Tours, like the Giro, require levels of organisation that are utterly mind boggling, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: Grand Tours, like the Giro, require levels of organisation that are utterly mind boggling

The mechanics and I were chatting the other day, and we have unanimously decided that professional cycling is probably the least logistically friendly sport in the world.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 5:30 pm

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: I figured he was pretty tired of people congratulating him, so me and Sir Bradley Wiggins just had a chat about the race ahead, Sport

On The Road at the Giro d’Italia: I figured he was pretty tired of people congratulating him, so me and Sir Bradley Wiggins just had a chat about the race ahead

Giro d’Italia? What’s that? I hear you say. Well, for anyone who has thumbed past page one in the cycling-for-dummies handbook (no, that does not exist) it is the second most famous race in the world, only beaten by a certain Tour de France.

By | Sport | Friday, 3 May 2013 at 4:27 pm

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