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Review: Mavic Cosmic Pro Thermo Bib short. Tres cozy!

  Colder and older don’t go well together. I’ve reached a road biking age where I have less affinity for rain, wind and chill factors. I want to stay as dry and thermo-regulated as possible. Enter the Mavic Cosmic Pro Thermo bib short ($169). This is Mavic’s bib for inclement conditions, le crappy weather. What […]

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It rocks

Review: Louis Garneau Power Wool Jersey

  There’s wool and then there’s power wool. Yes, they get the sheep that pump iron. We’re big fans of merino wool and its many endurance sport benefits: it wicks, regulates temperatures well, it’s non-synthetic and it never stinks. Merino wool is part of cycling’s rich history and the modern updates have brought it roaring […]

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Froome back in Tour de France?

Team Sky’s shark attack on the Tour de France.

Team Sky just announced their new kit for the Tour de France featuring their Sky Ocean Rescue campaign. Chris Froome, who plans to ride the Tour de France despite the disappointment of the UCI and ASO, modeled the new jersey. Prominent of the back of the jersey, a large, black and white illustration of an orca, […]

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Prudhomme stuck with Froome?

Will ASO or UCI prevent Froome from riding Tour? Doubtful.

The Italian sports press is well-known for its appreciation of rumors. If you’re looking for the latest unsubstantiated cycling gossip, your first bet is always La Gazzetta dello Sport. They’ve never met a rumor they didn’t publish and the juicier, the better. The latest and juiciest is whether ASO, the organization behind the Tour de France, […]

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Hinault not a Froome fan

Hinault not tickled pink about Froome and Giro

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is in pink and Bernard Hinault is livid red. The crusty Frenchman, and five-time Tour de France winner, minced no words about Froome, the Giro d’Italia and the salbutamol doping issue. “He should never have been allowed to start in the Giro. Why do we have to wait so long for […]

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Froome takes pink

Froome rips Giro apart, steals pink jersey.

A Giro d’Italia stage for the speechless. On stage 19, Chris Froome attacked his rivals in the Giro d’Italia from a distance of 80 kilometers. He went from way out, given that he was still 3:22 behind maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and 2:54 back from reigning Giro champion Tom Dumoulin. Froome went all-in on […]

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Go, Tom, go

Yates falters on Giro’s Prato Nevoso climb.

  With a solid 56 second lead in the Giro d’Italia, two weeks of dominant performances in the mountains and a strong ride in his weak event, the time trial, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) decided to switch gears and ride defensively for the last three mountain stages. Bad idea. Turns out riding defensively is not his […]

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More fast, please!

Yates keeps Dumoulin at bay Giro time trial

Fast, not quite fast enough. That’s the five word summary of Tom Dumoulin’s time trial performance. The reigning Giro champion (at least for five more days) had hoped to take back around two minutes on race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and perhaps throw on the maglia rosa. The Dutchman has an affinity for pink after […]

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Bernal, start of stage 7. twisted spoke

The tour of California, oops, Colombia ends

Perhaps it was just a slip of the tongue, a geographical faux pas, off by just one measly continent further South. The thirteenth edition of the Tour of California ended Saturday, May 19th but in terms of nomenclature, you could just as easily have called it the Tour of Colombia. Sprinter Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep Floors), […]

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Bernal, seconds after victory. photo twisted spoke

Bernal crushes Van Garderen to win Tour of California

Tejay Van Garderen emptied himself on the road up to Heavenly and there’s no shame in second place. It’s hard to argue with a young star from Colombia who seems destined for greater glories and perhaps grand tour victories. It’s Nairo Quintana junior all over again. The Coloradan enetered the queen stage with roughly a […]

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Bernal versus Van Garderen

Van Garderen ready for Bernal in Sierra mountains

  Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) is confident he can win the Tour of California today in the Sierra mountains. We can’t go all he way to swagger because Van Garderen is from the “hopefully” school of pre-race quotations. Still, he sounds like he’s in command of the situation despite the imminent attacks of Colombian […]

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Garavia at the start in Stockton. photo twisted spoke

Garavia kills it in Elk Grove

If you’re a WorldTour, badass sprinter capable of winning at the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia or Tour of California, you have to be incredibly fast. You also have to fortunate and lucky in a mechanical sense. Because nobody hits the line in first place with a jacked-up bike or a flat tire. That […]

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Winner

Skujins erases memory with win in Laguna Seca

Last season Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) produced one of the scariest moments in pro cycling. After a hard crash while out front in a breakaway in the Tour of California, Skujins stumbled to his feet, staggering across the road toward his bike, like a tequila drunk as the speeding peloton ripped downhill toward him. He could […]

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Timing is everything

Battaglin wins Giro stage 5. Froome bides his time.

Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) has better timing than Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida). It was the difference between chilled Champagne and a warm Coke. As the road pitched up into Santa Ninfa, he waited as Visconti drove hard into the final corner and then sprinted uphill. However, it was Battaglin who closed the gap with a steady, confident […]

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