" ” But it’s not all glitz and glamour as I have already alluded. The competition for the mighty team of Rabobank and Marianne Vos includes club teams run by ‘Boyfriends and Dads’ (or BODs, the appropriately-named women’s cycling equivalent of WAGs in football). Campag spares for Shimano bikes line the clapped-out cars and last minute panic fixes for poorly-maintained bikes, usually involving gaffer tape and hammer, still take place. I must say, standards are being raised, year on year. The strength in depth is coming, and it was great to see the juniors getting a 3-day event alongside the elite event, to showcase their talent in front of the world’s biggest teams. I wouldn’t still be involved with a sport I felt was going backwards.” "