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  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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|

Viviani takes first Tour de France stage win in Nancy

Nancy, France, July 9th, 2019 will always be a magical day for Elia Viviani. The Italian sprinter for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad won his first Tour de France stage today in Nancy, beating Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch sprint. As Viviani admitted a few days ago, a win in the Tour would go along [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Alaphilippe attacks passive peloton and takes yellow

Apparently there was a significant misprint in the Tour de France race book for stage three. What was officially listed as a race day, specifically a 215 kilometer run from Binche to Epernay, was in actual fact a rest day. The entire peloton did indeed leave Binche at the appointed time and head to the champagne region of France but [...]

July 8th, 2019|

Jumbo-Visma goes big again in Tour de France

Two stages, two surprises. First, Jumbo-Visma's lead-out man up Mike Teunissen stuns the sprinters to win the first stage and first yellow jersey. Then, on the second day in Brussels, the Dutch squad decided to keep yellow, putting in a scorching ride to beat the favored Team Ineos by 20 seconds and Deceuninck-QuickStep by 21. That's two nice cuddly Credit [...]

July 7th, 2019|
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