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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Giro Camels

Giro imitates Tour of Abu Dhabi. Is that a good thing?

It would be tempting to say that the Giro d’Italia starts Tuesday, May 8th in Catania, Sicily. That of course would be leaving out the first three stages in and around Jerusalem, Israel. You could call those opening stages a strange but lucrative opening to the Giro. According to reports, Israel paid a reported $12 million […]

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Calfee gravel bike

Bamboo gravel bike, part 4. A two-wheeled work of art

I now own a functional work of art: a bamboo gravel bike from Calfee Design. That’s a rare thing indeed. A piece of unique, visually arresting, creatively cool, bamboo sculpture that will roll over trail and road at high speed. Lean it against a wall and you can simply marvel at the beauty and ingenuity. […]

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Where's the money?

BMC begging. Thank-you Sky

BMC’s Tour de France captain Richie Porte was in the news today with his cap out begging for money. First, put that in perspective — does the NFL’s Tom Brady beg for money? Does the NBA’s LeBron James hustle for sponsorship funds just to keep his pro basketball team alive? Pro cycling is a financial […]

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Dumoulin. will the 2018 Giro prove as sexy?

The weirdo Giro. Froome, Jerusalem, lack of rivals.

I must admit to an unsettled feeling about the 2018 Giro d’Italia. While I have a preference for grand tours over classics, I’m struggling a bit with this year’s battle for the magnolia rosa. I want to be excited about the epic battles in the mountains and the crazy unpredictability of the Giro but there […]

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Voigt in the hoodie

“Shut Up Legs” never stops talking. Jens Voigt’s merchandising motto

  Jens Voigt retired four years ago and the pro cycling world lost a fearless, attacking rider with the signature motto “Shut Up Legs.” Voigt moved on to a cushy day-job as a brand ambassador for Trek Bicycles and built a side business merchandizing his never-say-die, get-in-that-breakaway attitude. These days, it takes very little to […]

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