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Giro’s big three on GC. No guarantees.

Nice summation work by the endlessly experienced Andrew Hood at Velonews on the top three Giro d’Italia favorites. While there are the usual dark horses and second tier riders in with a shout (as the Brits like to say), it does feel like the top three of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mikel […]

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Orica-GreenEdge. Most Interesting Giro team

Of all the WorldTour teams in this year’s Giro d’Italia, the most intriguing might be Orica-Greenedge. They have two new and fascinating cards to play that seem sure to shake up the race at some point. For La Corsa Rosa, the Aussie squad brings Columbian climber Esteban Chavez and sprinter Caleb Ewan, mountain goat and […]

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Adverse Weather Protocol. A fresh proposal.

Tour champion Chris Froome is justifiably peeved about the riders union (CPA) suggesting the brother of the Tour de Romandie race oraganizer as the rider rep on any Adverse Weather negotiations in that same exact race. Seriously folks, that’s insane and embasrrassing. This is the same riders union that finally woke up and started making […]

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Snooze?

I feel funny saying this but I found Liege-Bastogne-Liege to be kinda dull except for the very last moments. I woke up at 6:30 AM California time, turned my laptop browser to SteephillTV and picked up a low quality Eurosport feed with Sean Kelly. Really, how said is it that you can get HD quality […]

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ASO wins latest PR round vs. UCI

ASO and the UCI, the governing body of profession cycling, are locked in a long-running and acrimonious battle for who controls the sport. If you summed up the two positions is a simple grade school way, it’s basically the UCI saying you need to share the load and give up some power and revenue for […]

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Ferrari says mechanical doping like orange juice.

Reprising his 1994 quote about EPO being no more dangerous than orange juice, the infamous Dr Michele Ferrari has created yet another controversy. Speaking with Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, the former doctor of Lance Armstrong said that mechanical doping is like drinking orange juice. “Cheating is a wonderful beverage like orange juice. I like to start every morning with […]

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Philippe Gilbert out, out and out.

Philippe Gilbert’s fractured finger knocks him out of this weekend’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He’s out of contract at the end of this season. And we’re guessing he’s out of favor at BMC after several years of results that might best be described as disappointing. Out with Gilbert, once an unstoppable force in the Ardennes Classics, and in with […]

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Peter Sagan is worth every dollar-euro-koruna.

World champion Peter Sagan wants big money. Big, huge, massive, spill-out-of-the-bank- vault money. Which in the grand scheme of things is chump change compared to what your average sheik of an oil producing country makes or any of the dishonest already obscenely rich people caught in the Panama Papers financial scandal.  We digress. According to […]

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Disc brakes stopped, moto issue still going.

Guys get knocked off their bikes and injured (perhaps even killed) for years and the UCI does nothing but talk. Then two guy gets cut by a disc brake in a crash — maybe — and the UCI bans the use of disc brakes immediately. What’s wrong with this picture? Seems like the UCI always tackles the easy […]

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Bike inheritance: vintage Schwinn

I am suddenly a rich man. Not in the financial sense of bank accounts filled with millions of dollars or amazing houses in Aspen, Santa Barbara, Tuscany and Provence. No, nothing so prosaic and unrewarding.  I have inherited by pure chance a vintage, oringial, made in the USA, Schwinn Super Sport built in October, 1971. How […]

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Paris-Roubaix. Giant win for a journeyman.

At the start of Paris-Roubaix in the town of Compiegne, Matthew Hayman (Orica-Greenedge) wasn’t even a dark horse. He was a solid and respected road captain that did his job for the team, helping someone faster and stronger aim for victory. Nobody expected him to win — the bookmaker odds were 800-1 — and nobody expected […]

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Craddock, still climbing.

There is nothing worse than a flat road for a climber. Boring, uneventful, insulting, lacking the necessary gradient to hurt people and showcase power to weight ratio. Climbers need to keep heading up the mountain and young American Lawson Craddock continued his climb by finishing in the top ten of the brutally tough Tour of […]

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Cancellara. Happy, sad, hard-man in final Paris-Roubaix.

Spartacus, emotional gush-ball. As the final days tick down before Fabian Cancellara’s final Paris-Roubaix, he’s getting more and more tangled up in his emotions. He’s sad, wistful and agitated as he attempts to come to terms with the end of his career and his final run in the Hell of the North. It may or […]

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