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  • Froome hits wall in Dauphine, Tour start gone

    "It's been an interesting start, but I don't think the race has really started yet. Tomorrow, for sure, is going to have an impact," said Team Ineos manager David Brailsford. Little did Brailsford know that those words, spoken the day before the time trial in the Criterium du Dauphine, would prove prophetic in a way he could hardly have imagined. [...]

  • Nibali’s bad Giro calculations.

    We've heard for years that Vincenzo Nibali, winner of all three grand tours and several one day classics, is a smart race tactician. He is often quoted as saying he races on instinct but there's no question he has a finely developed understanding of tactics and strategy. He knows at what point in a race that the critical moment has [...]

  • Movistar gives Nibali the Sky treatment at Giro

    VIncenzo Nibali has seen this movie a few times before. In July, in the Tour de France, in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees. It's not fun. In the Tour de France, Nibali was often forced to submit to the collective force and will of Team Sky. Their relentless tempo crushed his hopes of defeating Chris Froome as [...]

Froome hits wall in Dauphine, Tour start gone

"It's been an interesting start, but I don't think the race has really started yet. Tomorrow, for sure, is going to have an impact," said Team Ineos manager David Brailsford. Little did Brailsford know that those words, spoken the day before the time trial in the Criterium du Dauphine, would prove prophetic in a way he could hardly have imagined. [...]

June 12th, 2019|

Nibali’s bad Giro calculations.

We've heard for years that Vincenzo Nibali, winner of all three grand tours and several one day classics, is a smart race tactician. He is often quoted as saying he races on instinct but there's no question he has a finely developed understanding of tactics and strategy. He knows at what point in a race that the critical moment has [...]

June 3rd, 2019|

Movistar gives Nibali the Sky treatment at Giro

VIncenzo Nibali has seen this movie a few times before. In July, in the Tour de France, in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees. It's not fun. In the Tour de France, Nibali was often forced to submit to the collective force and will of Team Sky. Their relentless tempo crushed his hopes of defeating Chris Froome as [...]

May 28th, 2019|

Roglic down but dodges bullet at Giro

On stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had his Steven Kruijswijk moment. After a mechanical and a switch to a teammate's bike, the Slovenian was desperately trying to limit his losses to Vincenzo Nibali and Richard Carapaz after their attack on the final climb of the day. On the descent of the Civiglio, Primoz over-cooked at tight [...]

May 26th, 2019|

Nibali gets salty with Roglic in Giro Alps

The Shark is not his usual tranquillo self. The first summit finish stage of the Giro d'Italia had plenty of fireworks, including Vincenzo's Nibali's incendiary words for Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The Italian wasn't happy with Roglic's tactics as the race hit the upper slopes of the Col del Nivolet. "He let the gap go to Carapaz and Majka and wanted [...]

May 24th, 2019|

Youth movement races to front of Tour of California

Barring catastrophe on today's sprint stage in Pasadena, 20 year old Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will win the Amgen Tour of California. I had no idea who he was. Perhaps if you're an obsessive cycling fan that scours the results of under 23 races, you already knew he was the real deal. I suppose I should have been paying [...]

May 18th, 2019|
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