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Colorado Classic is not the US Pro Cycling Challenge

The Colorado Classic, a brand new stage race that replaces the financially failed US Pro Cycling Challenge, kicks off today. The four stage event looks basically like three sprint stages and a “mountain” stage built on a ten lap circuit up Moonstone Road. Honestly, and I feel bad saying this, I’m not that excited about […]

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Mario, kit-less.

Drugs, Sex, Cookies and Podcasts.

Let it never be said that pro cyclists don’t know how to retire with a certain je ne sais quoi. In the news today were four stories about what post-cycling career riders were up to. It was eclectic, wacky, entertaining and in one case, illegal. First, former Tour de France winner (then un-winner) Floyd Landis […]

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Contador. Psychological force.

Alberto Contador retires but does not disintegrate.

There’s an outpouring of news about Alberto Contador’s retirement announcement. Lots of retrospectives, career critiques and perspectives on his role in cycling history. People will miss his attacking and improvisational style and other people will say, he was a doper and good riddance. There’s no point in adding to that pile of goodbyes, positive and […]

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Tejay -- up or down?

Van Garderen and the Vuelta. Mucho questions.

Has grand tour rider Tejay van Garderen simply disappeared? He flamed out in the 2016 Tour de France and then the Vuelta a Espana and was replaced as BMC Tour leader by Richie Porte. He did a reset and decided to focus on the 2017 Giro d’Italic with hopes of a high GC finish. He […]

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Ready to un-box

Xpresso, anyone? New Time pedals are out.

                            Just arrived: the new Time Xpresso pedals. Excited to put these boys to the test as we’ve been having a bit of knee problem with the current Look Keo2Max Blades. IT band is tight and we’ve ended up putting a shim […]

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Up is not sideways

Barguil & Coquard: riders going sideways.

Warren, Bryan, the road is up ahead!!! Can’t you see it? — it’s right there in front of you, mes amis! Warning: we have two Frenchmen on the loose and they are riding dangerously sideways on their bikes. The news says that both Tour de France climbing sensation Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and sprinter Bryan Coquard […]

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The last of the narrow cycling shoes.

Goddamn it, where are the narrow cycling shoes?

Really, I don’t want to whine or complain. Over the years, I’ve spent thousands and thousand of extra dollars on custom road and mountain bikes frames. I’m resigned to it. I accept that at 6’4″ with freaking long arms and legs, I was never made for a beautiful and affordable production bike. My wallet, cash […]

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What if the route isn't the real route?

How to stop Froome in Tour? Think Vuelta, think fake.

With Chris Froome crowned with a fourth Tour de France title, the talk about how to prevent him from winning a fifth has taken on a hopeless quality. Like the standard respond of a French government official, it feels “not possible.” We’ve all read the assessments on Froome and they all reach the same conclusion: […]

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The faces of Rigoberto Uran

He has a face that the sculptor left unfinished, the clay simply blocking in the rough shapes,  the basic proportions determined but the refinements saved for a later day that never came. Rigoberto Uran has a timeless face, the face of a farmer who has worked the land hard and been worked over by that […]

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Italy, baby!!!

Romain Bardet. Is the 2018 Giro d’Italia a better idea?

In all the prognostications post-Tour de France, there’s plenty of talk about who could possibly beat Sky’s Chris Froome in next years’ Tour. There’s Richie Porte (BMC), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the rejuvenated Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), the freshly chastised Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and of course, Romain Bardet (AG2R) who has been on the podium twice in […]

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Boxed out of sprints

Bouhanni out-boxed in Tour de France sprints.

Boo-hoo Bouhanni. As we look back at the Le Grand Shindig, one of the high profile losers was the man in bright red, Cofidis sprinter, and amateur boxer, Nacer Bouhanni. He had come into this Tour hoping to elevate himself up into the top level of grand tour fastman. He wanted his name spoken with […]

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Andre. too late to party

Greipel leaves too late on Champs-Élysées.

  Somebody forget to tell Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) that the sprint for victory down the most famous street in Paris was happening. Hurry, Andre, hurry!!!! By the time Greipel noticed, a kid named Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) scored the biggest win of his young career and his first grand tour victory, taking the final stage of the […]

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Eddy, at last.

Eddy, Finally. Boasson-Hagen takes TDF stage 19

Who wasn’t pulling for Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension Data to win stage 19 from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence? Probably the entire world-wide cycling audience except for Jan Bakelants, Thomas De Gendt, Daniele Bennati, Sylvain Chavanel, Jens Keukeleire, Nikias Arndt, Elie Gesbert and Michael Albasini. They were firmly against the idea although they couldn’t stop him. (All of […]

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Froome, encore.

Froome wins Alps, deja vu all over again.

Note of geographical and sporting importance: the Alps are not the Pyrenees. While the rough and tumble Pyrenees raised everyones hopes that Chris Froome (Team Sky) would be seriously challenged in the Tour de France, the Alps rolled out the same old script. On two successive stages, Froome and his Sky teammates (the biggest budget, […]

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