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Valverde and the Worlds. The favorite non-favorite.

It’s just a question but does anybody outside Spain want to see Alejandro Valverde win the World Championship road race on the home circuit in Ponferrada, Spain? A little like asking if you you’re cheering for serial doper Alexandre Vinokourov to win a gold medal in the last Olympics road race. Hey, that was fun, huh […]

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Contador to auction off “pain-gag” sock for charity.

    Vuelta a Espana winner Alberto Contador has decided to auction off the sock he stuffed into his mouth to fight the pain of home surgery on his fractured tibia. The saliva-covered athletic sock has been carefully washed, dried and folded and reunited with its mate sock and will to sold to the highest […]

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Podium girls test positive for EPO

  Last week Italian Matteo Rabottini tested positive for EPO (erythropoietin). Today, in a strange turn of events, so did both podium girls who were on stage with him to celebrate his stage win in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) said that the two attractive Italian females have failed tests and the International […]

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Contador astounds, wins Vuelta.

  Overall winner of the Grand Tour GC standings: the Vuelta a Espana director Javier Guillén. The Helta Skelta Vuelta tops this year’s Tour de France and Giro d’Italia for end to end action and close, punch-in-face competition. When GC favorites Chris Froome (Sky) and Alberto Contador both crashed out of the Tour de France, Guillén went […]

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Froome head bobs to second in Vuelta.

  Watching Froome climb up the last kilometers of Monte Castrove was a painful experience for everyone involved. Physically, visually. With about 2.4k to go, he moves to the front of the chase group containing race leader Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez. Just up ahead Fabio Aru (Astana) is trying to win his […]

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Boxing, Vuelta style.

    We call the Vuetla a Espana, the Helta Skelta Vuelta, an amusing reference to the song Helta Skelta by the Beatles but mostly because it’s the loco grand tour, the one that’s always a little beyond everyone’s control. Is it the August heat, the extra climbing, the “revenge” quality of the last grand […]

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Chris Froome. Spanish man of mystery.

Where is Froomey in Spain, exactly? Yes, he’s at the Vuelta a Espana but we’re still not sure where his form is, precisely. Andrew Hood at Velonews hit the nail on the headline with “Will the real Chris Froome stand up?” He was supposed to take the race over at the36.7K time trial. Usually very […]

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Contador cracks Froome in Vuetla time trial.

Tuesday and another wild ride in the Helta Skelta Vuelta, the loco grand tour You Just Can’t Control. The time trail from Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja reshaped the race and wiped out a big star. Today’s surprise was brought to you by ex-race leader Nairo Quintana who began the 36.7km time trial […]

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Contador impresses in Vuelta a Espana.

  So far so good in grand tour numero tres, the Vuelta a Espana, or more descriptively, the Helta Skelta Vuelta. After week one, the excitement has already ratcheted up to a fever pitch. Chris Froome has not fallen off his bike, has both wrists intact and is having this cliched “good sensations.” The dynamic […]

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Edvald Boasson Hagen finds love in Africa.

  While Sky teammates once called Edvald Boasson Hagen “Eddy Junior” in respect for his Merckxian potential, the shy Norwegian was never by any stretch of the imagination the next Cannibal. Edvald is a polite and sweet guy, not a stone cold killer on the bike like Mr. Merckx. The Belgian needed nothing except his […]

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Tommy D impressive in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

When is runner-up worthy of high praise? Just for a few movements, let’s celebrate the second place of Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson in the US Pro Cycling Challenge. He said coming in that it wasn’t an ideal course for him — read, not enough steep gradients and summit finishes — and he knew Tejay van Garderen […]

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Horner. Sacrificing Spain for Utah.

  No smiles now for Smiler.   Defending Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Horner has been pulled from the start list of the Spanish grand tour due to low levels of cortisol. (Not high levels of sangria or presence of tapas in blood stream.) While free to race according to the UCI regulations, his Lampre-Merida […]

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Jens Voigt. An almost stage win in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Jens Voigt, the man in chrome silver, going for gold in Colorado. A mile high metaphor. Bang, he drops his break-buddy Ben Jacques-Maynes like Ben Out-Of-Gas. Jens going solo to soak up the roadside adulation all to himself, bath in it, marinate in the good vibrations. Extroverts love a good standing ovation. Double his […]

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