Roddy Hammersmythe is a versatile rider, a rouler, hard man and captain on the road for Team Sky’s debut at the prestigious Giro D’Italia. The last man signed by manager Scott Sunderland, Roddy brings a wealth of experience and a dominating personality whenever and wherever there’s a bike race to be won. Right now that race is in Italy, and friend-of-Pappillon Twisted Spoke will be talking with Roddy via phone after each stage to get his unique and entertaining view of the Giro d’Italia.
There is no mistaking the excitment and passion Roddy brings to Team Sky. “My role is to bring the hammer,” he says. That’s the attitude, right? I set the tone on the squad and it’s all about the hammer.”
Working with a British team and so many British riders is a dream come true from Hammersmythe. “We got got something special here, it’s like when Deep Purple would hit the stage or Led Zeppelin. The lads believe in each other and we’re putting on a show,” says Roddy. We’re here to rock ‘n’ roll, top the podium and score UCI points.”
With major stars like Bradley Wiggins, Evald Boassen Hagen and Juan Antonio Flecha, it would be easy to overlook the major impact that Roddy has on the squad. “He’s the spark plus, the emotional leader of Sky, he brings the hammer,” says manager Scott Sunderland. “He makes my job easy, because Roddy knows exactly what to do at any given moment in a race. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen or done.”
Stay tuned to Twisted Spoke because we’re sure you’ll be hearing plenty from Roddy as team Sky tackles the Giro for the first time.