A life spent on training. On facing the wet and muddy roads. Stamping on the pedals. Cycling for long distances and so many hills. Thirsting the slim body with sweat and rain drops. Breathing pain, honour and nobility.
Who is Britain’s greatest male professional road racer of all time? For some, it is a no-brainer, Bradley Wiggins; for others the ultra winner Tom Simpson. What about the record man Barry Hoban?
And Mark Cavendish?
You can’t really say. All of them have been glorious, and will always be.