A win and loss on the same day

Porte wins and loses on Willunga

It’s a BMC water bottle half-full, half-empty empty scenario. BMC captain Riche Porte won big atop the Willunga summit finish on stage five of the Santos Tour Down Under. He attacked at exactly the same place he always attacks, on a steep section 1.5 kilometers from the top. Pushing over 700 watts on a gradient […]

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Ochre

Sagan drops climbers at summit.

At the top of the Norton Summit on stage four of the Tour Down Under, every climber and puncheur in the race knew they were screwed. Most all the sprinters were gone, shot out the back, trying to keep cool in the gruppetto, but not the three-time and reigning Wold Champion Peter Sagan of Bora […]

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Botched

Ewan stuffs it up in sprint at Tour Down Under

Anatomy of a botched sprint. Ripping into Victor Harbor, final 300 meters, in perfect position behind his readout man Alex Edmondson, Tour Down Under race leader Caleb Ewan gets too clever. He looks back and sees a gap open up behind with Bora Handgrophe’s Daniel Oss unable to hold the wheel. Ewan defies the win in […]

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Erases rainbow

Ewan beats Rainbow in Tour Down Under

Caleb Ewan waited for the rainbow. That’s a difficult thing to accomplish when you’re young and impetuous and incredibly fast. On stage two of the Tour Down Under, Ewan put to use a delicate skill that most young sprinters are unfamiliar with: patience. After three 21k finishing circuits, he held his fire and waited until […]

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Greipel. Perhaps more wins this year?

Greipel wins TDU stage one. No Groenewegen

When we last saw Andre Greipel he was staggering his way through the Tour de France, with zero stage wins to his credit. In his final shot on the Champs Elysees in Paris, he blew his timing yet again and let a 24 year old kid from LottoNL-Jumbo named Jumbo Dylan Groenewegen out-sprint him and […]

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The Italian job

Gaviria. Killer Colombian.

“A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people,[1] usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification.” — wikipedia “A serial killer,” says Quick-Step Floors team manager Patrick Lefevere of his talented  Colombian sprinter Fernando Garavia. A bit of drama and hyperbole from Lefevere and we can safely throw out the murders and “abnormal […]

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Landa. Ready to share?

Landa confirms Tour, sets up Movistar cage match

In this corner, in Movistar kit, at 5’8″ and 60 kilos, Spain’s hero and Basque climber, Mikel Landa. In the other corner, also in Movistar colors, the hope of Colombia and all of South America, at 5’6″ and 56 kilos soaking wet, Nairo Quintana. This will be a 21 stage fight and the winner will […]

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Anyone on form? Anyone?

Entire pro peloton downplays form ahead of Tour Down Under

As the 2018 road race season gets ready to launch, the message from the entire professional peloton is unanimous: nobody has any real, meaningful form. World Champions in rainbow stripes, superstars with multiple grand tour victories, classics winners, elite sprinters, stage winners, time trial specialists and even pack-filler domestiques all announced to the media that […]

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My next chapter?

Things I Want, edition 4.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Time for another swooning edition of Thing I Want. Come join me as I ride headlong into the the vortex of cool cycling gear that I shouldn’t have to live without. It almost physically hurts not to own each of these gems. Vittoria Velar road shoes Can you say […]

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Pat nails it

Red wine, salbutamol and Chris Froome.

The always-quotable Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere was at it again today. This target: Chris Froome’s salbutamol debacle and the damage to pro cycling. The salty Lefereve chose the perfect, real world, instant clarity analogy for explaining that Froome broke the rules and there’s no argument around it. Thanks to the Belgian, we now have an […]

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Holy moly -- the Vatican?

Peter Sagan to visit with Pope. Paris-Roubaix prayers?

Peter Sagan now has a stronger Bora-Hansgrohe squad behind him but it appears he’s taking no chances with his upcoming 2018 plans. According to a story in cyclingweekly, the three time World Champion will visit with Pope Francis, ask him to baptize his three-month old son Marlon and request a few high-powered, God-Galvanized prayers for […]

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Brass, baby

Review: Knog Straight Jacket Fatty bike lock

In the last two years I’ve had three bikes stolen. Two were stupidly locked up with your basic cable lock that thieves easily cut. That’s a high-end titanium Serotta road bike with Ksyrium wheel-set and a custom titanium hardtail and an old Fiji commuter bike that I sort of inherited. All sadly gone. What’s more, […]

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Clueless Coquard?

Spinter Byran Coquard is slow. Tour says no.

The Tour de France announced the four wildcard teams today and new French outfit Vital Concept, the team of sprinter Bryan Coquard, missed the cut. Tour boss Christian Prudhomme gave a “Oui” to French teams Cofidis, Direct Energie, Fortuneo-Samsic and Belgian outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert and a big fat “Non” to Vital Concept. “I’m sorry for a rider like […]

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Escape backside

Review: Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Thermal jersey

Pearl Izumi bills the Elite Escape Thermal jersey ($125) as providing “cozy warmth on cool days.” That’s a pretty solid elevator pitch in four words. The emphasis is on cool — that’s the thermometer setting where the Escape functions best. The temperature range is listed on the website as 45 to 60 degrees. After wearing this […]

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