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Degenkolb takes high speed Paris-Roubaix.

  You have to feel very sorry for the other six riders in the winning break at Paris-Roubaix. They’d all done a fantastic job in the race, avoiding crashes, riding smart, keeping up front, making or following the right moves. Zdenek Stybar, Greg Van Avermaet, Lars Boom, Martin Elmiger and Jens Keukeleire — we salute you, well […]

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Paris-Roubaix. Throwing stones, casting votes.

  We’ve all read the prognostications from the experts who are basically just like us except with press passes. That makes us almost experts, the Van Avermaet of cycling critics. Here’s how we rate the shots: Niki Terpstra. Winning the Hell of the North last year is a pretty strong measuring stick. He’s got the form […]

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Sybar’s orthodontist ranks Paris-Roubaix cobbles.

  Wilhelm Smet, the man behind Zdenek Stybar’s bridgework has ranked the more famous cobblestone sectors of this year’s Paris-Roubaix. The orthodontist from Antwerp reached his conclusions after a detailed inspection of the race course with his dental reconstruction team. Smets employees a “lost tooth” methodology to obtain the degree of difficulty, with 5 teeth signifying […]

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Brammeier at Ronde. Is free beer better than fourth place?

  There’s a strong argument to be made that other than the three guys who made the podium in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Matthew Brammeier did more to distinguish himself than anybody else in the race. Yes, that’s you Sep Vanmarcke, Peter Sagan and Gearing Thomas. The MTN-Qhubeka domestique went into the race as a workhorse […]

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Peter Sagan prays to God for Ronde reward.

    A pray from Pete Sagan: Please God let me win the Tour of Flanders, the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, whatever you wanna call it. Please God, let me go solo and do a wheelie across the finish-line. Let me get the monkey off my back. He is heavy and stinks, eats the food in […]

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Tour of Flanders. The Lefevere sour grapes preview.

  One of the exciting tensions, the impending drama, of the Tour of Flanders, is what will Patrick Lefevere do if one of his Etixx-Quickstep boys don’t win the race. Big embarrassment if the Belgian classics powerhouse fails to deliver in the Ronde even without their super-star Tom Boonen. The fact is,  Lefevere has turned […]

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Sagan and the Ronde elevator. Going up or down?

    Classics superstars Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara will both be watching the Tour of Flanders instead of racing it. That leaves the door wide open for the ex-prodigy and sudden underachiever Peter Sagan. Here at Twisted Spoke, we suspect that the Ronde will function as an elevator for Sagan and the only question […]

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Luca Paolini, bad-ass.

Man invented the phrase bad-ass to describe a professional cyclist like Luca Paoilini. Bad-ass rolls a number of man-traits into one catchy hyphenated descriptor. Let us count the ways: toughness, imperviousness to pain,  a risk taker, a singular focus on the task at hand, a certain inimitable style, a don’t-give-a-shit-what-anybody-thinks attitude, an unintentional flair in […]

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Van Garderen, post-guardrail.

    Tejay van Garderen flew over a guardrail yesterday, went airborne in stage three of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. He called it the “most horrifying moment of my career.” Which is too say it was a lot scarier than the criticism he took for letting disgraced ex-seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong motorpace […]

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Contador Giro-Tour double compromised by Tinkov.

    From day one of Alberto Contador’s overly ambitious announcement, the critics have said bad idea. Try to win both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year? That’s insane, highly unlikely and Marco Pantani-impossible unless you’re working with both Dr. Ferrari and Eufemiano Fuentes and Motoman. Now there’s a new wrench […]

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Degenkolb invisible, victorious, in Milan San Remo

  John Degenkolb of Giant-Hair Regrowth did that San Remo trick. He wore the invisibility cloak, he stayed out of the wind, he didn’t crash like Gilbert, drop his chain like Cav, didn’t sit at the back like Griepel, didn’t take the early bite like Van Avermaet, didn’t wait too long like Cancellara, didn’t come […]

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Oleg Tinkov. Boss behaving badly.

  Oleg Tinkov is like that aweful boss. The blowhard, the screamer, the crass pig, the guy who likes to humiltate people. He’s a toxic reality TV show waiting to happen. He’s the kind fo boss who gets drunk at the office Christmas party and starts making inapporiate remarks about your wife or girfriend. Then […]

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Milan-San Retro.

  I like saying Poggio. I feel stylish and Italian and worldy in a bike racing way. I like saying La Primavera and La Classicisimma especially when I deliver that poetry while holding a cappuccino. I go into some kind of cycling history dream state of revelry when I say Cipressa and Via Roma. Which sound […]

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