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  • Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

    First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

  • GC destruction on Tourmalet as Pinot soars to victory

    BOOM, went Romain Bardet, BOOM, Adam Yates and BOOM, Nairo Quintana. There was destruction all over the slopes of the fearsome Tourmalet as the Tour de France had its first big summit finish in the Pyrenees. Poor Romain Bardet (AG2R) had another jours sans and really, it's been a Tour sans for the diminutive French climber who has been on [...]

  • Simon Yates. Climber impersonates sprinter for Tour victory

    Simon Yates is well-known as a top climber in the pro peloton. On today's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, he also proved he can play the role of sprinter. The Mitchelton-Scott rider used his legs and his head to outwit breakaway companions Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the race to the finish line. You'd [...]

Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

July 21st, 2019|

GC destruction on Tourmalet as Pinot soars to victory

BOOM, went Romain Bardet, BOOM, Adam Yates and BOOM, Nairo Quintana. There was destruction all over the slopes of the fearsome Tourmalet as the Tour de France had its first big summit finish in the Pyrenees. Poor Romain Bardet (AG2R) had another jours sans and really, it's been a Tour sans for the diminutive French climber who has been on [...]

July 20th, 2019|

Simon Yates. Climber impersonates sprinter for Tour victory

Simon Yates is well-known as a top climber in the pro peloton. On today's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, he also proved he can play the role of sprinter. The Mitchelton-Scott rider used his legs and his head to outwit breakaway companions Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the race to the finish line. You'd [...]

July 18th, 2019|

Tour de france rest day ruminations

The Massif Central, the middle mountains, have had a massive effect on the Tour de France GC standings. The three stages that ran a diagonal line right to left, angling North to South, have severely dented the podium chances of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and pretty much killed the hopes of Mr. Hard Luck, Richie [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Big boys at Belles Filles

The Planche des Belles Filles promised plenty of drama in this Tour de France. Not the beautiful girls throwing themselves off the mountain to their death to avoid evil mercenaries. No, that was during the Thirty Years War. The modern day drama was the brutal climb up La Planche Des Belles on stage six of the Tour de France. The [...]

July 12th, 2019|

Sagan muscles his way to victory in Colmar.

The phrase Peter Sagan repeats most in his autobiography is a glib encapsulation of his philosophy on racing and life: "Why so serious?" Well, this season things had gotten very serious indeed. He wasn't winning, made little impact in his top objectives, Flanders or Roubaix. His coach Paxti Vila wondered if they'd somehow made a mistake in his training. Sponsors [...]

July 10th, 2019|
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