Is it about winning or is it all about playing the game?
Over the years, plenty of people have had plenty to say about winning and losing at sport. The gentlest call to arms comes from the father of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who said “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” By being shorter, snappier and certainly far more in keeping with professional sport, American football coach ‘ Red’ Sanders took the exact opposite view when he quipped, “Winning
isn’t everything – it’s the only thing.” So where does road racing fit into this? It’s a sport where the peloton collectively struggles but only one can be the victor. Can winning really be the only thing when 200 riders commit themselves whole-heartedly to a race that only one can win? This issue, we take a look at those who have won time after time as well as those whose careers are defined by serving their teammates. Some won by over-powering their opponents, others by out-thinking them, yet all deserve to be remembered. We’ll leave the final word to NFL super coach Vince Lombardi who we think hit the right note when he said, “Winning isn’t everything…
but wanting to win is.”