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Paul Kimmage


In a sprint you are only thinking about crossing the finishing line first

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Dylan Groenewegen, Fabio Jakobsen, Marc Sarreau, Luka Mezgec, Ryan Gibbons, Moreno Hofland and Jasper Philipsen in last Wednesday’s Tour of Poland Stage 1. Photo: Getty Images

Dylan Groenewegen, Fabio Jakobsen, Marc Sarreau, Luka Mezgec, Ryan Gibbons, Moreno Hofland and Jasper Philipsen in last Wednesday’s Tour of Poland Stage 1. Photo: Getty Images

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Dylan Groenewegen, Fabio Jakobsen, Marc Sarreau, Luka Mezgec, Ryan Gibbons, Moreno Hofland and Jasper Philipsen in last Wednesday’s Tour of Poland Stage 1. Photo: Getty Images

You have to remember that at Monte Carlo, because of the nature of the circuit, you have to shift gears over 2,600 times during the race. That's an average of once every three seconds. No reason to expect gear-box trouble . . . on the other hand, potential problems are in the back of your mind at all times.

Pete Aron (James Garner) in 'Grand Prix'

There's a scar on the knuckle of my right hand. I picked it up exactly a year ago, on a beautiful day in the Algarve, when I pointed my bike at a roundabout near the entrance to Vale do Lobo and was sent crashing into the tarmac. These things happen?