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Mathew Mitchell

My name is Mathew Mitchell, 30-something from Staffordshire, UK. Over the last few years I've got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

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4 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    Interesting that you have Porte up there – he seems to have really benefited from moving out of Froome’s shadow to BMC.

    My money’s on Froome too though, but I think Contador and Valverde will be higher up the GC in Paris!

    • Mmitchell says:

      Porte’s recent form and those huge ITT performances in tours this years give him a bit of an edge. He just needs to avoid that ability to lose time on the non-GC stages.

      You’re probably going to be right, I just like the look of Chaves!

  2. Barry says:

    Froome must be the favourite even though he is not at his best. Quintana is the best threat because his weakness in the time trial is so short he can only lose a few seconds.
    I think it may be decided by any serious “chute” which often affects the runners.

    Glad to see you have beaten my unofficial 10mile time-trial when I was 10 years your junior on a BSA three speed 531 bike.

    • Mmitchell says:

      Quintana did the Giro this year and didn’t look his best there so the theory goes he should be weakened. Porte usually finds a way to leak time inexplicably.

      It took me long enough! The next goal is to go under 24 minutes which should be achievable soon. There’s still lots of 531 around today on high-end fancy steel bikes and I’m pretty sure my singlespeed Elswick Mistral is made of that too. Hope you’re enjoying France.