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Sean Yates garage sale!
17.08.07 by Buffalo Bill

Sean Yates, in my view one of the top ten best ever British riders, former Yellow Jersey, Tour stage winner, and all-round archetypal cycling hard-man, is having a garage sale of unwanted cycling stuff that he has accumulated over 25 years in cycling.

It’s taking place at Bryle Cottage, Tompset Bank, Forest Row, Sussex on 26/27 August, according to a classified ad in this week’s edition of Cycling Weekly.

For a laugh, here’s my list of the 10 best British riders ever:

  1. Nicole Cooke (La Canibale – is there any race she hasn’t won at least twice?)
  2. Robert Millar (King of the Mountains, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia; 2nd overall in Giro and Vuelta a Espana)
  3. Tommy Simpson (World Champion; Tour of Flanders; Tour of Lombardy; Milan – San Remo; Yellow Jersey TdF; stage winner VaE)
  4. Chris Boardman (Yellow Jersey, stage winner X 3 TdF; Hour Record; Olympic Gold, World Champion Pursuit)
  5. Sean Yates (Yellow Jersey, stage winner TdF; stage winner VaE; rode all 3 Grand Tours without gloves)
  6. David Millar (Yellow Jersey, stage winner X 2 TdF; stage winner VaE)
  7. Barry Hoban (stage winner X 8 TdF, X 2 VaE; Gand-Wevelgem)
  8. Beryl Burton (5 times World Champion Pursuit; 3 Silver, 3 Bronze medals Olympics)
  9. Brian Robinson (first ever British finisher, stage winner X 2 TdF)
  10. Graeme Obree (Hour Record; World Champion Pursuit)

  1. Oh yeah, I forgot:

    11. Swiss Tony (Todger of the Year X 10, Coq d’Or X 2, Pink Jersey, Giro del Labio)

    — Bill    17 August 2007, 16:10    #
  2. what about someone like Chris Hoy? numerous golds in world chapionships and Olympic gold. i think he’s also the 2nd fastest man ever over the kilo.

    — Nik    17 August 2007, 16:30    #
  3. Hoy? No fat sprinters on my list, thanks. :-)

    — Bill    17 August 2007, 16:58    #
  4. well thanks for recognising my achievements, Bill.

    Alas, I’ve always had trouble fitting the old Todge into lycra team kit…
    although “Fattty Kamal’s Great Big Kebab Pizza Fish n’ Chip Fried Chicken Curry Chinese Mexican Taco English Breakfast All Day Breakfast Coffee Desert West Indian Jerk Chicken Sushi Noodle Minicab off license Burger” were always interested in getting their name on my shorts

    — Swiss Tony    17 August 2007, 18:40    #
  5. whatever. the man’s a legend. nobody cares if someone wins a stage of the tour de france or if they hold the Yellow jersey. Fair enough if they win a jersey outright, that would be impressive. until then all real talent Britain has is on the track and most of it is from Scotland.

    as for David Millar, he’s just a cheat (yes they all are, but he got caught, which is just stupid).

    anyway its your list and i’m done arguing, i’m off to get drunk

    — Nik    17 August 2007, 18:52    #
  6. Beryl Burton should be higher on the list:

    hippy    18 August 2007, 13:18    #
  7. Don’t forget that David Millar was King of the Mountains this year for two days. er… that’s King of the Mountains for Kent and Belgium ;)

    onionbagblogger    18 August 2007, 13:54    #
  8. hold on, wasn’t john chang “king of fixed” at the 1999 Zurich Worldchampionships.


    haute courier    20 August 2007, 08:29    #
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