Britain didn't get the result it wanted or expected, but Saturday at Box Hill provided stirring evidence of cycling's rude health in this country.
Tens of thousands, with and without tickets, flocked to this picturesque corner of the North Downs in Surrey to see the heart of the men's road race - nine circuits of the Box Hill climb - in a show of popular support for a sport that would have been unthinkable a decade ago.
Walking to the hill, I met a small group of Slovaks. I asked them about their rider Peter Sagan's chances, and was met with surprise that I knew who he was. Of course I knowRead More »from Box Hill triumphs as Brits fade