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Astana dope cases up to four. Who’s next?

After the fourth — count ‘em — fourth doping case at Astana in three months, the team issued yet another statement that they were officially “shocked and disappointed by the news.” Hmm, doesn’t the shock wear off with simple repetition? To be generous, maybe Astana was shocked after the first doping offense and maybe surprised […]

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Sammy Sanchez. Was it really his decision to leave BMC?

  We’re wondering just what the Hell happened to Sammy Sanchez at BMC? After he spent many months last year scrambling for a team (a la Chris Horner) he finally inked a one year deal with BMC. Based on some results and Sammy’s high degree of happiness there and what we assumed was a positive […]

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Sky’s Nathan Earle. A touchy-feely calendar.

Is Team Sky using the Brad Wiggins methodology for setting up race calendars for the team? When you think Sky, you think top down, benevolent dictators, sports science, by the numbers, data driven, everything quantified. As in, we decided you’re doing these races in March and these races in July. Now get on the Death […]

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Creed and Smart-Stop. Super Hot strategy.

  Racing style. Who hasn’t read the quotes for years, repeated by riders and team directors and fans — the racing is formulaic, robotic, nobody takes a risk, everyone follows wheels, tactics are predictable, no caution to wind, goddamn race radios, nothing happens until the final climb. That may apply to many WorldTour and Pro […]

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Farrar a classics man at MTN-Qhubeka. Deju vu.

Brian Smith over at MTN-Qhubeka was talking the other day about how his team would get Farrah, Goss and Boasson Hagen back on track. The strategy, at least for Goss and Boasson Hagen, comes down to not being Orica-Green Edge and Sky. Well, that seems easy. No coaching or resources required. Just don’t put the […]

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Doping products from Armstrong film on sale.

In the latest cycling news, UK-based bike shop Ultimate Cycles has announced they are selling a hundred bikes used in the Armstrong movie directed by Stephan Frears. The bikes include vintage replicas of 30 Condor Classico and Italia RC bikes painted to look exactly like period bikes from Merckx, Giant and MBK, plus 12 Pitangos, 20 Trek […]

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Italian officials unsure what parts of Pantani to exhume.

  With a new investigation into the death of Marco Pantani moving ahead, the case has taken yet another unexpected turn. Italian officials are considering an exhumation of the famous Italian climber but can’t decide what part or parts of Pantani to dig up. Doctor Franco Tagliaro at the University of Verona in in charge […]

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Marc Madiot goes bonkers again.

  Marc Madiot, the boss at Francaise des Jeux, is a contrarian, pain in the ass, whiner, provocateur, free spirit, iconoclast butt-head. What a fantastic guy! His latest bomb went off in L’Equipe where he grabbed the mic hard and proceeded to insult and deride the UCI and pretty much every foreign team in pro […]

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Armstrong to take over for retiring Tour devil?

  Dieter ‘Didi The Devil’ Senft has been a constant presence at the Tour de France. However, at age 62 and suffering from poor health, Senft plans to retire. Suddenly faced with the prospect of no Tour devil, disgraced former seven time Tour winner Lance Armstrong has apparently offered to take over Didi The Devil’s […]

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Horner to follow Andy Schleck into retirement? Ask Frank.

“It was a very hard moment but everyone has to slow down at some point. The wheels stop for every rider. You can’t ride forever and that moment is now. If he could change it he would, but that’s how it is.” That was Frank Schleck talking about his brother Andy’s difficulty decision to retire. […]

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Giro prays for Froome. Should he pray, too?

Somewhere in a ancient church in Rome a middle aged man in a dark suit kneels at the alter. The only giveaway to the identity of this gentlemen is that he wears a pink tie. He is lost in his own fervent supplications but if you could decipher the whispered Italian, the gist would be […]

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Wiggins and Froome boats collide during Sky team building exercise.

  A Sky team building exercise went afoul today in rough seas off the coast of Southern Britain. The World Tour squad was learning to sail with members of the British Sailing team when two of the boats collided, throwing rivals Bradley WIggins and Chris Froome into yet another confrontation. According to eyewitness accounts, the […]

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Jan Ullrich to ride Hincapie gran fondo?

Out with Lance, in with Jan. USA Cycling announced Thursday that Lance Armstrong may not ride his buddy George Hincapie’s gran fondo, stating that under the WADA code, his lifetime ban prevents him from riding the USA Cycling-sanctioned “non-competitive” event. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping, had planned […]

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