Denis Menchov – Tour de France cyclist to know and love

Technically, I’m supporting Bradley Wiggins in his bid to win the Tour de France. He’s British and so am I. However, Sky’s preparations are so clinical and professional, you’d be mistaken for thinking they were German. To really get behind someone, you need a good dose of amateurism from time to time.

That’s why I’ve become a fan of Denis Menchov. Yes, he’s won two Vueltas and a Giro, but he’s also got a tendency to fall off his bike for no clear reason. He’s been known to fall when cycling on his own on a clear, straight road. That’s admirable.