Boxed out of sprints

Bouhanni out-boxed in Tour de France sprints.

Boo-hoo Bouhanni. As we look back at the Le Grand Shindig, one of the high profile losers was the man in bright red, Cofidis sprinter, and amateur boxer, Nacer Bouhanni. He had come into this Tour hoping to elevate himself up into the top level of grand tour fastman. He wanted his name spoken with […]

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Andre. too late to party

Greipel leaves too late on Champs-Élysées.

  Somebody forget to tell Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) that the sprint for victory down the most famous street in Paris was happening. Hurry, Andre, hurry!!!! By the time Greipel noticed, a kid named Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) scored the biggest win of his young career and his first grand tour victory, taking the final stage of the […]

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Eddy, at last.

Eddy, Finally. Boasson-Hagen takes TDF stage 19

Who wasn’t pulling for Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension Data to win stage 19 from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence? Probably the entire world-wide cycling audience except for Jan Bakelants, Thomas De Gendt, Daniele Bennati, Sylvain Chavanel, Jens Keukeleire, Nikias Arndt, Elie Gesbert and Michael Albasini. They were firmly against the idea although they couldn’t stop him. (All of […]

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Froome, encore.

Froome wins Alps, deja vu all over again.

Note of geographical and sporting importance: the Alps are not the Pyrenees. While the rough and tumble Pyrenees raised everyones hopes that Chris Froome (Team Sky) would be seriously challenged in the Tour de France, the Alps rolled out the same old script. On two successive stages, Froome and his Sky teammates (the biggest budget, […]

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Matthews versus Degenkolb

Matthews and Degenkolb tangle in Tour sprint.

No argy, no bargy. Seriously, don’t know what people are yapping about. Michael Matthew (Sunweb) and John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) opened their sprints in stage 16 of the Tour de France into Romans-sur-Isère. Matthews won, Degenkolb reached a hand out to choke Matthews just past the finish line. We’re wondering about the exact nature of […]

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Brailsford goes all Trump

Sky’s Brailsford verbally attacks journalist on Tour rest day.

All the riders in this year’s thrilling Tour de France took their second rest day on Monday. Without a stage to race, it’s was left to Team Sky boss David Brailsford to provide all the drama and fireworks. In what you could only call a shocking display of anger and hostility, Brailsford singled out […]

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Go, go, go.

Tour de France stage 15. Kwazy, toujours.

  The last étape before the second rest day continued with the Tour de France’s brand new script: chaos, unpredictable events, devil-may-care racing. Holy merde, can you imagine how explosive the Tour will be if this continues into the Alps? First, hats, baseball caps, visors, chapeaux off for Bauke Mollena of Trek SegaFredo for saying […]

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Tour de France stage 12 hangover. What? Race?

Even after one week in the Tour de France, it’s a blur — start towns, finish towns, hours on autoroutes and petite village backroads, the towns start run together. Was I in what? Chambery, Rodez, Brive La Gaillard, Eymet, Saint Gaudin, Philadelphia, what, am I on drugs? Stage 12, the 100k Pyrenees second act, promised […]

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Bardet is the boss

Winners, losers, goodbyes, stage 12 TDF

  The first Pyrenean stage from Pau to Peyragudes was two things: inordinately dull and then, moments from conclusion, wildly explosive. Romain “bad-ass” Barbet continues to impress with his aggressive riding and the final lung-busting sprint he and Fabio Aru did uphill to the finish line was probably better than watching Marcel Kittel decimate the […]

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Kittel at Eymet signin

Eymet awesome, a sprint almost missed in Pau.

You can never turn your back on Le Tour de France. She is the most beautiful woman you’v even fallen in love with but she demands 100% of your attention at all times. Turn your back on her for a few seconds and she will stab you between the shoulder blades, laughing hysterically as you […]

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Bora bora bora

All artsy at Le Tour.

Yeah, the kids play with those snapchat filers and Instagram filers. Sure, exactly, I can get artsy, too.

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Da boys

Bergerac to Eymet. A perfect Tour de France day.

They don’t happen often and when they do, you know how golden they are. Our maybe you do know and you’re Marcel Kittel (Quick Pedal Floors) who won his fourth stage in the Tour today by a wide margin. Maybe Cavendish could have beaten him but he went out with a broken collarbone. Maybe Peter […]

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Killer cod

Rest day semi-journalistic madness.

Like many things in Le Grand Shindig, the concept of a rest day is a jeu de mot. It’s an ironic expression that describes a reduction in torture but not the end of said physical abuse. Not 50 lashes of the whip, just 20 with less intensity. For the riders, that feels like salvation and […]

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