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Things I Want, Edition Two

Man oh man, the cycling goodies just keep a coming, right? It’s an avalanche of cool stuff that few bank accounts could stand up to. But we can dream big even if the Significant Other has hidden the credit cards and forbidden us on pain of dismemberment and divorce from buying any more gear. Here’s […]

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Quintana overlooking Geraint Thomas for Giro?

Maybe they just didn’t have TV access in Bogota, Columbia where Nairo Quintana has been training before his imminent return to Europe to win the Giro d’Italia. That would explain how Quintana missed watching this week’s Tour of the Alps and missed watching Giro rival Geraint Thomas win the overall even without a strong Team […]

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No shock winner in Paris-Roubaix.

Watched the last 50k of Paris Roubaix Sunday morning in California. Watched Peter Sagan endure his second flat and kiss his PR dream away. Saw Tom Boonen stuck in a big group with no interest or energy to close the gap to the leaders. His PR dream also went away, no fairy tale, no Hollywood ending. […]

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Baker gets pavé wrong on Boonen cake.

Sadly, we must accept the fact that there is no baking version of Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix. That volunteer organization works hard all year round to repair and maintain the cobblestone tracks that make the Hell of the North so Hellish. However, there was no such cobblestones expertise on display with the Thank You Tom […]

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Boonen, Paris-Roubaix and the Cycling Gods.

Can Quickstep Floors’s Tom Boonen, King of the Cobbles, in his final race, in his storied career, go out with a record- beating fifth Paris-ROubaix win? There has been much heated debate, odds-making and prognostications. The Hell of the North throws up all sorts of craziness and on occasion the wild card winner. Lieutenants and […]

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A new REI new bike line called Co-op? Seriously?

I love REI. I was just in my local REI this weekend buying a Thule hitch rack. Been a customer forever, love their business model, their store design, their people. However, I question the name Co-Op for their big new launch into their own branded bicycles. They kicked out Novara which customers said didn’t measure […]

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Many apologies Philippe Gilbert

We owe Quickstep Floors Philippe Gilbert a huge apology. Really, we thought he was kinda washed up the last few years at BMC. Not much on the results sheet, especially not given the size of his salary and the proportions of his ego. Phil was still taking like he was bad-ass when clearly he wasn’t/ […]

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Tejay-ometer reading: He’s back up in Catalunya.

Latest measurement from our proprietary Tejayometer. We developed this analytic tool and smart phone app (look for it on kickstarter shortly!!!) to calculate exactly where Tejay van Garderen is on his trajectory back to grand tour boss-man. In our test runs of the Tejayometer last year, it registered some distressingly low numbers for Van Garderen, coinciding […]

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Waiting for a new bike

Next week I take delivery on my second new bike in the last six months. Yes, it’s been a good year — which is also what happens when you have two expensive bikes stolen over the last year. First, I had my trusty Serotta Ti road bike which Mavic Ksyrium wheelset and full front and […]

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Almost for Sagan in Milan

Watched the last 10K of Milan San Remo and it was clear Michal Kwiakowski of Sky rode a perfect race in the break with Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe of Quickstep Floors The 2014 winner of MSR played it smart, never panicked and did not one extra watt of work in the run-in to town. Sagan […]

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Darkest horse will win Milan San Remo.

Forget World Champion Peter Sagan of Bora-Handstied winning Milan – San Remo despite being the overwhelming favorite, front runner, most marked man in Italy. Not going to happen. Cross him off your list, lay no money down, don’t even mention his name. Fastman Fernando Gaviria of QuickStep Floors? Seriously, what are you smoking? Thousand to one shot, completely […]

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My Tejay van Garderen trauma.

I’ve got a whole set of neuroses and anxieties that I struggle to contain but now another has flared up right after the  Tirreno-Adriatico. Sure, I worry about my kids, my tenuous career and Trump insanity but mostly, I’m preoccupied with dark thoughts about Tejay van Garden. I’ve feeling a worrisome combination of Van Garderen anxiety, pervasive […]

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Brailsford. Is something fishy here?

Rotten Well, what’s the call? Should we take Chris Froome’s belated and lukewarm endorsement of David Brailsford, his boss at Sky, as a sign that the storm will shortly blow over? Os should we listen to Britain’s Emma Poole’s assessment of Brailsford’s role at British Cycling in creating a “culture of fear?” Coming on the […]

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