Nibali. No space to attack

Tour de France Alpzzzzzzzzz

Well, that was gripping. The first day in the high Alps, after the rest day and the previous day’s mini-Paris Roubaix was short on fireworks. As in, none. With 35K to go, last year’s polka jersey winner Warren Barguil launched himself up the right side of the road – if for nothing else, to announce […]

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Froome flys across stones

Froome boosts chances after Tour’s mini Paris Roubaix.

There are plenty of ways to look at the carnage and aftermath of the “Paris-Roubaix” lite stage of this year’s Tour de France. Let’s look at the cobblestone stage through the lens of the man most likely to win the Tour de France –his fifth overall victory — Team Sky’s Chris Froome. First, one of […]

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Two for me, thanks

Groenewegen wins in Amiens. Meet the new wheel.

Wheel change at the Tour de France. This is an official notice to all sprinters that from this day forth, if you want to have any chance of winning the stage, you’ll skip Fernando Gaviria’s wheel and make an immediate switch. The wheel you want, in that final 500 meters, as the sprinters bump and […]

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Dylan for the win

Surprise: Groenewegen wins Tour sprint in Chartres.

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) did something amazing near the famous cathedral in Chartres, France. He made sprinter Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep Floors) look slow. Gaviria had proven himself the fastest man in the Tour de France when the road was straight and flat. He’d won two stages and many expected him to win one or two more. However, […]

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Martin masters the Mur

Dan Martin, from long, wins on Mur de Bretagne

When Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) attacked over one kilometer from the finish line on the Mur de Bretagne, the most likely fan reaction was “No! Don’t do it! Too early!” That’s a long, painful way to go when you’ve got Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) on […]

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Sagan wins number two

Sagan. Green gets greener in Quimper

Every story you read about stage 5 of the Tour de France, from Lorient to Quimper, in the region of cycling-mad Brittany, says it was a classics kinda day, an Andrennes vibe. As the winner, Peter Sagan said, it was “a little bit like the Ardennes – up, down, left, right and a little bit narrow […]

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Greipel goes

Greipel. Almost, nearly in Sarzeau.

It’s not a secret: Andre Greipel has a problem with hesitation. It came out in a story in last year’s Tour de France, where the big German failed to win any stages after a few years of continual success. The quote from his team was that Greipel sometimes over-thinks things, he’s indecisive, and by the […]

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Happy TTT

Tour de France Team Time Trials and Tribulations

BMC’s Richie Porte called it “fantastic.” Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin is feeling “awesome” and “amazing.” Reigning Tour champion Chris Froome of Team Sky, is pleased as punch. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) is in a tranquillo state of mind. And Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who lost time and fell off his bike during the first two stages? […]

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Difficultly simple

Sagan wins hard easy stage in La Roche-Sur-Yon

This should have been an easy Tour de France stage win for reigning World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hasgrohe) All degrees of difficulty went down. A slightly uphill finish in La Roche-Sur-Yon that suited him,  a puncture at 8k that takes out Katusha’s Marcel Kittel, another crash with 2k that knocks down stage one winner Fernando […]

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Trouble deja

Tour de France stage 1 goes bonkers. Quintana wheels into trouble

Nairo Quintana was suddenly in deep trouble on the first stage of the Tour de France. He needed a wheel and no Movistar teammates were anywhere in sight. Teammates Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde were not coming back to help and Quinatan’s personal guardian angel José Joaquín Rojas had already been involved in a crash. […]

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What's up there? The podium.

Tour de France. The top contenders.

Well, it’s here, mes amis. The biggest, craziest, most famous, highest profile bike race in the world. The Tour de France, La Grande Boucle, the epicenter of the cycling world. Yep, all that. Plus beautiful helicopter shots of French chateaus and landscapes and the dulcet tones of Paul Sherwood and …. So who’s going to […]

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Winner?

Froome’s odds of winning Tour. Yo, Cycling Gods!

Now 48 hours ago, we’d have been talking about the odds of his lawyers beating A.S.O.’s lawyers but then the UCI suddenly, inexplicably and without any scientific explanation, caved to Froome. He’s free to race and Tour boss Christian Prudhomme is punching holes in walls. Legally speaking, we can say that Froome and Team Sky […]

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Petacchi at his 2007 salbutamol hearing

UCI throws A.S.O. under the Froome bus. What about Petacchi?

Remember when the argument against David Lappartient’s candidacy for UCI president was his too cosy relationship with Tour de France organizers A.S.O.? Well, relax folks, you don’t have to worry about that issue anymore. A single day after A.S.O. took the bold decision to try to bar Froome from starting Le Tour because of his […]

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Prudhomme not smiling if Froome at Tour

BANG! A.S.O. gets ethical to stop Froome from starting Tour de France

Win or lose, you have to respect A.S.O., the organization runs the Tour de France. They don’t think Chris Froome should be in their race because of his twice-the-limit failed test for salbutamol. While the Giro d’Italia lamented Fromme’s legal issue, they paid him a handsome sum to ride the Giro and said nothing about […]

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