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Craddock rides with Armstrong. Bad idea.

We read the other day that young American gun Lawson Craddock was out riding with Lance Armstrong. They did a six hour ride out of Austin, Texas and both later posted the ride on Strava. Well, in our view, that’s a bad PR move from Craddock, who is a super talented pro on the Cannondale-Drapac […]

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Sky and Garmin. 2 shades of gray

Now that we’ve all discovered just how far Team Sky was ethically willing to go in manipulating the TUE’s for Bradley Wiggins, it’s interesting to think about the fallout and impact on the team and compare that with what happened at Garmin (now Cannondale-Drapac.) These were the two “Clean Teams” that represented the new approach to […]

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David Brailsford isn’t running a French cycling team.

Team Sky boss David Brailsford was out defending himself today against claims that his regime at Sky was “brutal” and driven by “machismo.” While you can argue that sometimes he’s not a nice guy and that he’s condescending and manipulative (especially with the press), there’s no arguing with the race results. Under his leadership and […]

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What was in Sky jiffy bag? Secret hand gel?

The investigations continue in the mysterious contents of the jiffy bag brought to Bradley Wiggins for the 2011 Tour de France. Nobody can substantiate with any facts or credibility what was in the bag. Sky’s Team Boss David Brailsford says he was told it was Fluimucil but people are still digging into the case, looking for […]

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Riders to watch? Where are Americans?

The Inner Ring just did his 10 riders to watch in 2017. Then he kept going and mentioned 10 other riders worth our attention for the upcoming season. There were no US riders listed in the top ten and only one managed to make it into the top 20 with a short mention and the other crawled in as […]

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Things I Want, Edition One

  I decided that just because I’m strapped for cash, I can still dream of all the delicious and cool cycling goodies out there. I will just buy them in my head, own them in a Buddhist way — acknowledging my desires but not grasping, not needing to actually buy them. So here is Edition number […]

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Sunweb kit: bad branding on wheels.

Sunweb announced their new kit for the 2017 season. It’s awful and bland and disappointing and sad. If I’m the branding agency for Sunweb or the design agency for Sunweb or whoever did the creative work on this kit, I deserve to be fired on the spot. I’m in branding. I’ve been doing advertising and branding […]

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Fit isn’t always fitting.

Red Kite Prayer posted a thing today about noticing how adaptable our bodies are to our bikes. Maybe we notice that some aspects of the fit aren’t quite right but quickly, imperceptibly, without us even noticing, our bodies begin to make a thousand adjustments to make us work better on the bike. Just one of those miracles of […]

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Gilbert. Will he win anything of note in 2017?

Philippe Gilbert signed a one year deal to ride with Quickstep for 2017. Question is, how fast can he still ride? The Belgian says he’s ready to win again after a bad season in his final year at BMC but we’re not convinced he’ll get back to podiumville. “My goal is always to win a […]

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Is the Tour really “dull?”

Pierre Rolland, a genuine, born in France, Frenchman, said it straight out, no punches pulled: The Tour de France is dull. “You could do a power test on all the riders and you’d come out with the exact GC, pretty much. It’s so bland,” said Rolland. Sacré Bleu. Vraiment? The most famous, celebrated, watched, prized cycling […]

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Abu Dhabi & Bahrain. Where are the UCI ethics?

Calling Brian Cookson at the UCI. Hi, Brian, WTF? There is no applause here at Twisted Spoke on the news that TJ Sport squad (formerly Lampre-Merida) has found a last minute sponsor in UAE Abu Dhabi. Along with the new Bahrain-Merida, that makes two teams at the highest level of pro road cycling who have sponsors from countries […]

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Doping, punching, slashing, cheating and dirty secrets.

That sounds like a mini-vocabulary for pro cycling, doesn’t it? We got a small pop of amusement when we read the CyclingTips story about their top ten most read stories of 2016. When you read the top ten, you realize for the millionth time that we’re not fans of a normal sport. If this was […]

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BMC’s Ochowicz, with feeling.

Over the years, at the Tour of California, US Pro Cycling Challenge and Tour de France, I had the opportunity to do a number of short interviews with BMC boss Jim Ochowicz. He always struck me as a basically nice, down-to-earth guy but also a careful, conservative CEO in his dealings with the media. Ask Ochowicz […]

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