On the side of the Team Sky bus there is a list of their achievements from the last decade: 8 Grand Tour victories, 52 stage races and 230 one day races and stage wins.
But at the Tour of Flanders, which for many is the world’s greatest one day race, there has only been failure: no wins, not a single podium, and only three top 10s in ten years.
“Maybe it’s easier to win the Tour de France than to win the Tour of Flanders,” suggests former Sky rider Mat Hayman. As well as Hayman, we hear in this episode from another cobbled classics specialist who rode for Sky, Juan Antonio Flecha, from the team’s race coach, Rod Ellingworth, sports director Servais Knaven and their current leader in these races, Luke Rowe.
There’s also an interview with the boss of a team with a very different record in the Tour of Flanders, Patrick Lefevere of Deceuninck-Quick-Step.
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