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Moto takes down Van Avermaet in San Sebastian.

  Greg Van Avermaet proved the number rule of life as a pro cyclist. For every up there is at least one down. This sport is one long argues metaphor for highs lows. Two weeks ago Van Avermaet won his first Tour de France stage, beating Peter Sagan in a two-up print on the rise […]

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MTN-Qhubeka minus MTN. Tour triumphs not enough.

    We’d say this is exhibit A with what’s wrong with the current financial model in pro cycling. Then again, it’s really exhibit Z or exhibit 2947589. This sport is messed up, euro-funding-sponsor-wise. Despite a stage win in their first appearance in the Tour de France, the marketing director, looking at the numbers and […]

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Early Froome training logs stolen. Mysterious 10 year old?

  Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Team Sky is about to see the release of more of his personal training data. Only this time it will be against his will. Thieves in South Africa apparently broke into his childhood home in Nairobi and stole two years of training data from when Froome was […]

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Cav in tears at Tour. A few guesses.

  Mark Cavendish was apparently in tears after the Tour finished on the Champs Èlysées. Was he crying because he’d only picked up one stage win this year? Because he was sick and had no shot at contesting the Champs Èlysées sprint? Because he knew he’d lost a significant amount of negotiating leverage and salary […]

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Quintana saves Tour de France

  We learned a few things at this Tour de France. One, it’s impossible to piss off Chris Froome. Throw urine, spit at his face, toss doping accusations at him without proof, punch one of his teammates, make him sleep in French hotels, jam a stone in his brake and a bag in his derailleur, […]

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Froome mad at Nibali. Casting brake stones.

  Really, was Chris Froome actually serious about his poor sportsmanship claim again Vincenzo Nibali for supposedly attacking while Froome had a small stone lodged in his brake pad? Hey, Nibali didn’t throw any urine or hack a big wad of spit at the maillot jaune. Sometimes these guys get so bent out of shape […]

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Pinot, Bardet stunned in Mende

    Word has it that the mechanics at FDJ and AG2R are attaching rear view mirrors to the bikes of Thibaut “Not-Paying Attention” Pinot and Romaine “Forgot To Look Behind” Bardet. What looked liked a sure victory for one of the Frenchman, who had broken clear on the short, nasty climb up above Mende, […]

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Battle of Almost Men in Rodez.

  Two hard luck cases went head to head in the final 250 meters uphill into Rodez. Perennial second Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Two Nearly Men on a mission. One of them was going to break the bad luck, runner-up status and it was Van Avermaet who made the smaller mistake […]

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Basso’s cancer, Plateau de Beille balls.

  It says something about the zero drama quality of stage 11, Pyrenean stage sans fireworks, that the biggest news story of the day was not Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka taking a big solo victory. No, it was his teammate Ivan’s Basso’s successful operation to remove a cancerous testicle. Now Basso is well liked and a senior […]

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Froome crushes butterflies in Tour. Fripp revisited.

  It’s an insane image but watching Chris Froome annihilate all his rivals on the Pyrenean climb up to La Pierre-Saint-Martin reminded us of a strange quote from long ago, from former King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. He was describing, if memory serves, what happened to the crowd at a show when he cranked up his […]

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Van Garderen gains one second in Tour TTT

    Tejay van Garderen and his BMC squad won the stage 9 team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec by one second over Chris Froome and Team Sky. (That was probably the second that Sky’s fifth rider Nicolas Roche lost when he started to drop off the back in the final 750 meters.) That’s […]

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Van Garderen petitions to make Fab Four a Five

  After an impressive first seven stages in the Tour de France, BMC’s Tejay van Garderen finds himself in third place just 13 seconds off the time of race leader Chris Froome. This success has Van Garderen thinking big and today at the press conference after stage 7 he stated that that the Fab Four […]

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Cavendish, Tour sprint, new finish?

Mark Cavendish has 25 Tour de France stage victories to his name. He’s won as many as five stages in one Tour. He’s having a helluva time reaching 26. So far, he misjudged the sprint on the Zeeland stage by jumping the gun, then watching Peter Sagan and winner Andre Greipel blow past him. Even […]

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