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Bouhanni punches way out of Tour de France

At this point, three days before the Tour de France, you can call Nacer Bouhanni plenty of things: moron, jackass, clueless and selfish would be a good start. Thanks to his colossal stupidity in injuring his hand by punching a noisy hotel guest in the mouth, he will not take the start in Normandy for his […]

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Rolland

Pierre Rolland tres hungry for Tour de France.

Lucky Pierre Rolland is the big guy for Cannondale in Le Grand Shindig. Until a few weeks ago, the Frenchman was sharing the captain role with American Andrew Talansky. However, a difficult personal issue affected Talansky’s Tour preparations and he has been re-routed to the Vuelta a Espana. Now, it’s all in for Rolland who […]

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Pitbull in France. Is Talansky on track?

Pitbull in France. Is Talansky on track?

  BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Cannondale has just announced Talansky will skip the Tour for the Vuelta. My mind in on fellow Norcal resident and Tour de France GC dark horse Andrew Talansky. Shout out from Corte Madera to Napa, bro. Burning query: Is Talansky ready to make the next jump in the progression and improve […]

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Tejay

Van Garderen reheats

  Yesterday he was cold, today he is red-hot. When we last saw BMC’s Tejay van Garderen in the Tour de Suisse, he was four kilometers from the summit, legs frozen and locked up, dropping two minutes to his GC rivals. Not the master plan going into the Tour de France which begins in just two […]

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Van Garderen & Richie Porte. Who is Alpha?

Fun and insightful story from Fred Dreier over at Velonews. His basic premise — if American Tejay van Garderen doesn’t win this rival-lite edition of the Tour de Suisse on a course well suited to his skills, then BMC teammate Rickie Porte goes to France with a clear lead in the “I’m plan A” sweepstakes. […]

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Out with Tinkof, in with Sheik. Dark comedy continues.

Oleg Tinkof, owner of WorldTour squad Tinkoff-Saxo, is putting his “toy back in the box.” The Russian business tycoon, social media provocateur and all-purpose irritant is leaving the sport. We’re happy, we’re sad, we already miss the bombast. Characters are in short supply in pro cycling where jobs are in short supply, riders are careful […]

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Chris Froome, on Tour road to emaciated.

He’s almost hit that emaciated, just back from Buchenwald concentration camp, scary skeleton weight. Still a few celery sticks to cut from the diet before Le Grand Shindig. Be still, my rumbling, empty stomach. Yes, defending Tour champion Chris Froome looks ready to win his third edition of the biggest bike race in the world. […]

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Boonen, Mr. Safety

Tom Boonen has become, as he edges toward retirement, the voice of safety in the peloton. That’s especially true when it comes to a dangerous sprint — something Boonen has avoided like the plague for several years. After all, the man has two little girls now — no sense risking serious injury, brain destruction, an induced […]

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Cofidis boxing team at Dauphiné

Is Cofidis sprinter and boxing talent Nacer Bouhanni giving his lead-out train boxing lessons? Based on their head-butting and aggressive physical behavior at the Dauphiné, we’d have to say oui, yes, absolument. Bouhanni has a well-earned reputation for doing whatever it takes to win a sprint. He’s been relegated and chastised and sanctioned by his […]

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Rathe

Tour of California 2016, final images.

The final set of faves. The Tour of California is eight stages long and it always seems like all of a sudden it’s over. After a few stages I think “Man, long way to go” and before I know it, everybody is finished. It’s a weird thing time does. The carnival sweeps you up and […]

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Tour of California 2016 Pics, pt 2

It’s always hard to balance running around trying to grab cool pictures of bike riders with the task of running around grabbing interviews. It’s a skill I haven’t mastered. At the end of a stage, I try to grab a few right at the finish of exhausted riders and then quickly put the camera away […]

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Fave portraits from Tour of California 2016

Whew, still recovering from a whirlwind Tour of California and cranking out a long story on Jelly Belly’s Angus Morton and his quest to earn himself a place back on a WorldTour team. We also put together a nice mid-size interview with Tour revelation Neilson Powless of Axeon-Hagens Berman. All told nearly 3500 words of wisdom. […]

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Moser

Moser ambushed

Saw a headline that said “Moser stunned” and misread it as Moser stoned. Maybe that’s not such a mistaken reading because yo, dude, what are you thinking, bro? Moreno Moser figured it was just a  two-man game for victory in stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia. The Cannondale rider with the famous family name was all […]

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