An aggressive style of riding may have cost Simon Yates a grand tour victory earlier this season but he will not sacrifice his principles as the final three-week race of the year begins in Malaga today.
As the images flashed from Jack Laugher in the pool in Edinburgh to Jess Learmonth running through a park in Glasgow to a young Belarusian winning the 100m hurdles in Berlin, it was hard to escape the feeling that these European Championships have created greater confusion than anything else.
SHEFFIELD’S Danny Willett was happy to be disappointed at Carnoustie on Sunday evening, the Yorkshireman’s pleasure derived from the feeling that he had some part to play in the denouement of a major, however small.
For 71 holes there was no one to touch him. Jean van der Velde, a journeyman French player on the European Tour, had absorbed everything the brutally-tough Carnoustie could throw at him in the 1999 Open Championship.