Cima Coppi

It’s winter. Get your merino on. The master apparel list!

It’s getting colder and colder that that means Merino. Say what you want about all the nifty technical fabrics out there, merino wool is a fantastic material for staying warm while riding. Just to remind myself what merino wool is out there, I figured I’d do a quick google search to see what new brands […]

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Nibali questioned about Serge Gainsbourg

Nibali quizzed by French police on cheese and Impressionist painters

Vincenzo Nibali crossed over the Italian border into France for a three hour interview with French police. After a few predictable questions about the incident on Alpe d’Huez that wiped out Nibali’s Tour de France hopes and wrecked his dream of winning the World’s road race, the police pressed the Italian on the answers to […]

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It's not 2005 all over again

52 year old Tafi in Paris-Roubaix? Seriously?

Andrea Tafi is turning Paris-Roubaix into his own private fantasy camp. Is this a joke, has he lost his mind, is he insulting the Cycling Gods, should we applaud or fart in his general direction? The 52 year old Italian says he has a team willing to take him on to ride Paris-Roubaix a full […]

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Ricco an icon?

Wiggins’ ICONS book has missing icon

(SPOILER: This is a comedy post not based on fact.) Bradley Wiggins new book ICONS is missing the final iconic rider thanks to an error at the printing company. While the book contains all of Wiggins’ cycling heroes, people such as Eddy Merckx and Fabian Cancellara, the chapter devoted to icon Riccardo Ricco was accidentally left […]

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What's happening?

Wassup with UCI president Lappartient?

Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with this guy? Maybe it’s just perception versus reality, maybe I am missing the big changes the Frenchman is bringing to pro cycling or maybe it’s all happening behind the scenes and I just need to be patient. But all that said, after one year in office, all […]

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Wiggins lashes out

Wiggins, Brailsford and condescension.

Arrogance and anger. Is this a Team Sky personality trait? Whether it’s team manager David Brailsford or former Sky Tour winner Bradley Wiggins, there’s alway a dismissive and condescending attitude toward the press or anyone who would question the party line.  It seems very Trumpish, their version being that cycling journalists are the enemy of […]

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Froome, France,

Froome and Thomas: Which grand tour(s)?

Is he or isn’t he? Speculation is rampant after both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia routes were announced. And what’s more, what’s big Tom Dumoulin, second in both races, going to do? As we all know, the Giro-Tour double is a colossally dumb idea if you’re riding to win, so come on, boys, […]

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The Book. The favoritism

No air conditioning for Thomas at Tour. Not cool.

Here’s how you know you’re the team’s protected rider in the Tour de France: Only you get to run the air conditioner for your hotel room. That cruel truth was discovered by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas after the Roubaix stage in this year’s Grand Boucle. The team had portable air conditioner units for all the […]

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Wiggins: See no evil

Wiggins a nutter on Armstrong

What’s up with Bradley Wiggins these days? It seems he has gone from an outspoken advocate for clean cycling from back in his SlipStream days to an “Oh well” apologist for Lance Armstrong. That seems like crazy talk considering the Texan doped and denied Wiggo the third spot on the podium in the 2009 Tour […]

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Gouvenou. Out-mapping Froome?

An anti-Sky Tour route? Not so much.

Samuel Abt, who might be called the first giant of American Tour de France journalism, weighed in on the 2019 Tour route. He pitched his Velonew story — and the route put together by Christian Prudhomme and Thierry Gouvenou — as an effort to cage Team Sky. Much as we’d like to fall in line behind […]

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Going up.

Climb, climb, climb. 2019 Tour de France route.

Up we go. It’s the Tour de France, nosebleed version. Chrsitan Prudhomme and ASO announced a mountain climb-heavy Tour de France route. There are 30 climbs that are either rated Hors Categorie, Categorie 1 or 2 and five summit finishes. This is the kind of route the gets pint-size climbers like Romain Bardet (AG2R), Thibaut […]

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Heads up: new club

ASSOS launches online Speed Club.

ASSOS of Switzerland just got a tattoo and a skull and a new club. They launched Speed Club as a way to connect with fans and give them first cut at limited editions gear and insights on the latest apparel coming out of the Swiss cycling apparel company. According to the press release, it will […]

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Valverde Ave Meets Indurain Ave

Valverde gets highway named after him in Murcia

After his win in the World Championship road race, Alejandro Valverde gets his own road. Officials in his hometown of Murcia have decided to rename the Avenida de Alicante (N-340) and change it to Avenida Alejandro Valverde. Valverde’s road intersects with the Avenida Miguel Indurain and is not far from the Avenida Ciclista Mariano Rojas. […]

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Saint Flour

2019 Tour de France route. Three hotels booked.

ASO and Christian Prudhomme will put on their big shindig in Paris on Thursday, announcing the route of the 2019 Tour de France. Yippee-do-da! I spent an hour on the Velowire website this morning just working myself into an excitable froth about all the possibilities. There’s a cat-nip quality to the Tour presentation and I’m […]

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