Bardet says non to screens

Bardet wants ban on video screens at races

Not content with supporting a ban of radios in races, today top French climber Romain Bardet upped his demands. “The radios must go and the video screens, too,” said Bardet at his AG2R training camp in the Alps. “Getting rid of screens will bring back some of the spirit and panache that have been missing […]

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Tafi tries to turn back look to 1999

Bettini says Tafi’s bid to ride Paris-Roubaix is robbery.

  Based on the court of cycling opinion, few people think 52 year old Andrea Tafi should attempt to race in Paris-Roubaix. Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999 and the Tour of Flanders in 2002 but that is ancient history. People like retired World Champion Paolo Bettini and Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere think it’s just a really […]

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Calfee carbon

Ya need two road bikes. Because, duh.

It goes without saying, right? Despite what significant others and financial advisors might insist. Ya need two bikes. Now, I have a sweet Calfee carbon road bike and a full suspension Trek Fuel but that’s just the natural split — road and mountain. What we’re talking about is two road bikes, one as backup. Now […]

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Bardet, temporary insanity?

Romain Bardet talking krazy.

He said it. The little French climber said it, despite knowing it was madness and everyone would think it was stupid. Why? Romain Bardet couldn’t help himself. It’s the off-season, a time of loose talk and fantasy and a kind of memory wipe that makes people forget the extraordinary pain of riding a grand tour […]

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Pierre prays for Tour invite

Rolland hopes for Tour wildcard for Vital Concept. Deja vu times two.

Vital Concept has a new beggar. Last year, it was the freshly signed sprinter Bryan Coquard who hoped that the Tour de France would throw his pro continental team a wildcard invite. “If the organizers of the Tour de France give invitations without giving us the time to prove ourselves, they could perhaps be kicking […]

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Another yellow?

Thomas sharing Tour de France with Froome. Good idea?

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is a super nice guy. Somehow, even with Sky giving him less support that he thought he had merited and been promised, he won the 2018 Tour. Going into that race, Thomas thought he was a protected rider along with Chris Froome, who was aiming for […]

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Sock elevation

UCI. Another major sock-cess!

  Given all the challenges and issues facing the sport of pro cycling, you’d think that the UCI, the governing body of the sport, would have an obvious set of priorities. The UCI could tackle any number of significant, pressing issues such as the sports broken financial model, the ongoing battle with A.S.O. over revenue […]

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Cima Coppi

It’s winter. Get your merino on. The master apparel list!

It’s getting colder and colder that that means Merino. Say what you want about all the nifty technical fabrics out there, merino wool is a fantastic material for staying warm while riding. Just to remind myself what merino wool is out there, I figured I’d do a quick google search to see what new brands […]

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Nibali questioned about Serge Gainsbourg

Nibali quizzed by French police on cheese and Impressionist painters

Vincenzo Nibali crossed over the Italian border into France for a three hour interview with French police. After a few predictable questions about the incident on Alpe d’Huez that wiped out Nibali’s Tour de France hopes and wrecked his dream of winning the World’s road race, the police pressed the Italian on the answers to […]

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It's not 2005 all over again

52 year old Tafi in Paris-Roubaix? Seriously?

Andrea Tafi is turning Paris-Roubaix into his own private fantasy camp. Is this a joke, has he lost his mind, is he insulting the Cycling Gods, should we applaud or fart in his general direction? The 52 year old Italian says he has a team willing to take him on to ride Paris-Roubaix a full […]

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Ricco an icon?

Wiggins’ ICONS book has missing icon

(SPOILER: This is a comedy post not based on fact.) Bradley Wiggins new book ICONS is missing the final iconic rider thanks to an error at the printing company. While the book contains all of Wiggins’ cycling heroes, people such as Eddy Merckx and Fabian Cancellara, the chapter devoted to icon Riccardo Ricco was accidentally left […]

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What's happening?

Wassup with UCI president Lappartient?

Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with this guy? Maybe it’s just perception versus reality, maybe I am missing the big changes the Frenchman is bringing to pro cycling or maybe it’s all happening behind the scenes and I just need to be patient. But all that said, after one year in office, all […]

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Wiggins lashes out

Wiggins, Brailsford and condescension.

Arrogance and anger. Is this a Team Sky personality trait? Whether it’s team manager David Brailsford or former Sky Tour winner Bradley Wiggins, there’s alway a dismissive and condescending attitude toward the press or anyone who would question the party line.  It seems very Trumpish, their version being that cycling journalists are the enemy of […]

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Froome, France,

Froome and Thomas: Which grand tour(s)?

Is he or isn’t he? Speculation is rampant after both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia routes were announced. And what’s more, what’s big Tom Dumoulin, second in both races, going to do? As we all know, the Giro-Tour double is a colossally dumb idea if you’re riding to win, so come on, boys, […]

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