LBL, done and dusted

Jungels rides away with Liège-Bastogne-Liège win

After six and a half hours in the saddle on a race course made for climbers, it’s hard to call any victory an easy one. I mean seriously, that was a unique set of tortures. However, Bob Jungels (Quickstep Floors) simply powered away from his rivals near the top of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons […]

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Sand it down, make it smooth

Bamboo gravel bike, part three. The hemp lug.

  Craig Calfee and his crew of artisans are putting together a bamboo gravel bike that I can ride in the inaugural Peter Sagan gravel fondo in Truckee, California on May 5th. It’s going to be a rocking good time and I can’t wait for the whole experience: new bike, new frame material, 35 tires, […]

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Sanchez wins stage 4, Tour of the Alps

Luis Leon Sanchez. Valverde junior

In my mind, Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde are forever linked by their doping, brought to light by the Operation Puerto investigation in Sprain in 2006. They were both implicated in working with Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish version of Michele Ferrari, EPO expert of choice for Lance Armstrong, among others. It’s been 12 […]

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Tour de France 2016

Alaphilippe beats king of Mur de Huy

  Mr. Julian Alaphilippe beat Mr Flèche Wallonne. With four straight wins, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde pretty much owns La Flèche Wallonne. However, he didn’t have the legs or the good fortune to catch Alaphilippe after the Frenchman accelerated away near the summit of the Mur de Huy. Second place is still on the podium but Valverde faded […]

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Froome and the Giro. welcome, sorta

Froome ready for Giro even if Giro isn’t ready for Froome

In just over two weeks, Chris Froome will begin his audacious attempt at the Giro-Tour double. Based on his performance so far in the Tour of the Alps, he says he’s ready. “I think that I’m in a great position considering my main objective is to be ready for the Giro. I’m on track for […]

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Allroad jersey

Mavic’s new Allroad apparel. Skillful, casual.

  Mavic is hungry. In the last year, they’ve been incredibly busy building out what’s already a fairly expensive set of product lines. New wheel-sets, new apparel, new shoes. Now they’ve totally expanded the genre-blurring idea of Mavic Allroad. Casual yet skillful garments that are happy wherever you point your bike. It’s road, gravel, trail, […]

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Anti-Froome tag-team

Froome versus ASO and UCI. The coming showdown.

One of the main critiques of David Lappartient when he was running for UCI president was that he might not be independent enough from A.S.O., the most powerful organization in pro cycling. On the campaign trail, the Frenchman offered reassurance after reassurance that he wasn’t in bed with ASO, the company behind the Tour de […]

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It's my monument

Sagan shuts Paris-Roubaix’s mouth

Cobblestone classics legend Tom Boonen said after the Tour of Flanders that Peter Sagan should “keep his mouth shut” about complaints of a lack of cooperation from other riders. The three-time World Champion gave his definitive response in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. He shut everyone’s mouth in the peloton, riding away from a select group of rivals […]

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Bamboo frame starts to take shape

Update: Calfee bamboo gravel bike. It’s layup time.

Are we excited yes? — we are damned excited. A week ago I posted several photos of the individual bamboo tubes that would form the frame for my new Calfee Design gravel bike. The techno-twist is that the ever-inventive carbon bike pioneer Craig Calfee hollows out the bamboo tubes even more significantly in oder to […]

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Kortrijk - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Zdenek Stybar of Omega Pharma - Quick Step pictured  during an interview  - photo PN/Cor Vos © 2013

Paris-Roubaix. Picking Z winner.

it’s an alphabet clue. While the entire Quickstep Floors squad ganged up in the Tour of Flanders to beat Peter Sagan silly, there are still plenty of different race scenarios for this weekend’s French cobblestone throw-down. Paris-Roubaix is the perfect revenge race for Sagan, Greg van Avermaet and top rivals like Sep Vanmarcke to get […]

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Ganged up on

Four versus one. Sagan loses to Quickstep in Flanders

No one man could beat World Champion Peter Sagan in the Tour of Flanders. However, four riders from a single team were able to easily crush him. In short, Sagan lost to Quickstep’s Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and the victorious Niki Terpstra. They ganged up on the Slovakian and used strength in numbers […]

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Unique and distinctive

Calfee bamboo gravel bike — with CARBON inside

  Bamboo meets carbon. That’s a combination I’d never heard of or imagined but that’s what is happening with the new gravel bike Craig Calfee and Calfee Design are building for me. I’m not talking about both materials being used on a bike. No, this is bamboo tubing reinforced on the inside with a sheet […]

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Nibali shows how to ride the cobblestones in 2014 TDF

Vincenzo Nibali is not Gianni Moscon. Which raises the question as to why Nibali is riding the Tour of Flanders this weekend. Moscon likes cobblestones (and racist remarks and pushing other riders over. He likes mud and rain and crosswinds and slippery, dangerous stones. Nibali is a skinny GC star who has won all three […]

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Will he be smiling after cobbles?

Tour contenders taking cram course on cobblestones.

Welcome skinny GC guys with designs on a 2018 Tour de France podium. Come on over tiny climbers who prefer a 20% mountain gradient to a flat road strewn with bone shattering stones. Hey, Belgian classics first timers and newbies who want a little taste of those killer cobbles, glad to have ya. Grab a […]

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