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Vuelta a Steel Pole continues

Really, again? Last year it was Peter Stetina (BMC) nearly killed after hitting exposed, unprotected steel poles in the sprint finish of the Vuelta al País Vasco. He broke his leg, kneecap, assorted bones, ligaments, everything you need to race a bike. There was the usual indignation about rider safety, lack of protection, dangerous racing conditions, […]

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Venga, Venga, Frenchie!

Another unexpected winner at the Helta Skelta Vuelta. Stage four saw young Frenchman Lilian Calmejane take first first pro win in his first grand tour. The Direct Energie rider turned pro last year and until today’s win on the finishing climb of Alto Mirador de Veixia. his only resume hit was an 8th in the Tour […]

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Burgos-Vuelta a España double impossible?

In the modern age of cycling, the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double has proved impossible. The tremendous physical and mental stress of tackling two grand tours in a row against such a competitive set of rivals in simply beyond what even the most talented grand tour rider can accomplish. However, given Alberto Contador’s immediate time deficits […]

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How far can Sammy Sanchez go in Vuelta?

According to all the preview stories and BMC press releases, American Tejay van Gardener will be a co-captain in the Vuelta with Spaniard Sammy Sanchez. For the second year in a row, Van Garderen had a disappointing Tour de France and will play the traditional Redemption song in Spain. Maybe he’s solved his mysterious power […]

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Quandary: Why did Tony Martin sign with Katusha?

It’s been a few days since my eyes popped out of my head. They have slowly retracted back into the sockets but I’m still in a bit of shock. That dramatic physiological event occurred when I read that three time World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin announced he was leaving Etixx-Quickstep for the Russian WorldTour squad […]

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Vuelta. What the Tour de France wasn’t.

The Helta Skelta Vuelta in on the near horizon. Based on the long list of contenders, it’s like stepping up to a Spanish tapas bar with a sensory overload of delicious yummies. First, there’s Tour winner Chris Froome, bringing his less-than-juggernaut squad but still hoping to strangle the race to death. Let’s pray that doesn’t […]

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Lance Armstrong “Trumps” on Cancellara

Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong took an inflammatory twitter shot at Fabian Cancellara after the Swiss rider won the Olympic time trial gold medal. After Cancellara’s Trek-Segafredo team sent out a celebratory “Boom” tweet, Armstrong responded with a simple one word insult worthy of crazy demagogue presidential candidate Donald Trump. The one word […]

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Cancellara. Spartacus rules Rio.

We thought Fabian Cancellara was done, his 2016 retirement year ending with little to show for glorious goodbyes. All whimper, no bang, curtain dropping fast. He crashed in his final Paris-Roubaix, he abandoned the Giro d’Italia and failed to make any impression in the Tour de France. It just didn’t appear that Lady Luck was […]

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Dream big: Landis Marijuana WorldTour team at TDF.

Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream, several actually. A dream that one day a small budget French team will crush Team Sky in the Tour de France. A dream that Tejay van Garderen puts three perfect weeks together and wins a grand tour. That Joe Dombrowski someday wins the Giro d’Italia. That Peter Sagan, the […]

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El Pitfall in Spain. Is Talansky ready?

The hopes and dream of the 2016 pro cycling season for Cannondale Drapac now rest on Andrew Talansky’s shoulders. The young American, once a top ten in the 2013 Tour de France, is now the last chance for grand tour success for the Argyle Army and boss Jonathan Vauhgters. There were big hopes for mullet man Rigoberto […]

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Sky promises “weak team” for Vuelta a Espana.

Responding to critics who complained about the boring dominance of Team Sky in the Tour de France, the team promises to bring a second rate squad to the Spanish grand tour. While Tour winner Chris Froome will attempt to win his second grand tour of the year, team manager David Brailsford says they will not stack the deck […]

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Calfee Manta in da house!

Six months ago, my trusty red, ten year old Serotta Ti road bike was stolen. Come on, dumbass thief — what you gonna do with a 66.5cm frame? Well, answer, nothing, probably, just rip the parts off. It was a sad, sad day, make even depressing because I also had plans to strip it for […]

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Le Tour takeaway. Yes, it was dull.

Critics and journalists have questioned wether the Chris Froome – Team Sky domination of the Tour de France made for a dull race. Quick answer: yes. The race for the maillot jaune was over before the race hit the final week in the Alps. Contador crashed and abandoned. Little climber Nairo Quintana suffered in the […]

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