E3, then Tour

Landa saves time for Tour de France in Belgium.

Does 88th place, 14 minutes behind winner Niki Terpstra (Quickstep Floors) qualify as a triumph? For Movistar captain Mikel Landa, the road to victory at the Tour de France runs through Belgium and E3 Harelbeke. In preparation for the 15 sectors and 21.7 kilometers of cobblestone on the Tour’s stage nine, Landa decided to tackle the […]

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Which one is Froome?

Froome’s plan to sneak into Tour de France

According to several knowledgable sources, ASO, the organizer of the Tour de France, is making plans to keep Chris Froome of Team Sky from entering the French grand tour. The scenario under consideration is that if his adverse analytical finding for the asthma medication salbutamol is not resolved when the Tour kicks off July 7th […]

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Calfee Bamboo. Most beautiful bike in the world?

Gravel bike for freak. Search continues …

There is trouble ahead on that winding gravel road up in the Sierra mountains. I’ve paid and signed up for the inaugural Peter Sagan gravel gran fondo in Truckee, California on April 5th. That is a whole bucket of thrills and the fact that it’s up in my future retirement locale in the Sierras just […]

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Fighting with lawyers

Sevilla attacked, Lappartient beaten by lawyers

It’s a dangerous world in Bogotá, Colombia and Aigle, Switzerland. Pro cyclist Oscar Sevilla was attacked with sticks and knives, beaten up and robbed of his race bike while out on an early morning training ride. He’s so shaken up that he wonders, at age 41 and with his career almost at an end, whether […]

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Degenkolb. Out sick.

Milan-Sans Remo sprinters

It’s mid-March and the Italian sickbay is crowded. Is there an virulent strain of anti-sprinter virus going around in the peloton? Illness and injury have knocked out a good number of top riders who’d planned their early season goal around La Primavera, the first Monument of the year, Milan-San Remo. The no-show list is impressive. […]

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The show in on

Sagan wants to show up Kwiatkowski in Milan-San Remo

If there was ever an example of the difference between most everyone in the peloton, even the most talented, and the man in the rainbow jersey, Peter Sagan, it was the following exchange. Sagan: “If I win like Kwiatkowski, I’m not happy.” Kwiatkowski: “Sometimes you win by being the smartest, not the strongest.” The message is […]

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Italian fork

Froome cracks in Tirreno Adriatico

Stick a large, gilded, Neptune-inspired trident in Chris Froome, he’s done. On stage five of the one-week Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, Chris Froome finished more than eight minutes behind winner Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott.) The four-time Tour de France winner came across the line in 73rd place, which doesn’t really bode well for a run at the […]

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Soler soars

Soler wins Paris-Nice, Contador-style

Most interesting comment in cyclingnews about Marc Soler’s overall victory in Paris-Nice:  “He now every right to be taken as seriously as Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde.” That’s some serious company for a 24 year old — but that’s what happens when you win a tough, rain-soaked, French stage race with a bold attack […]

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Quintana. Overworked.

Quintana tired of being tired

Apparently there was no rest for the weary at Movistar last season. They worked star rider Nairo Quintana into exhaustion, forcing him into race after race with no downtime to rebuild his resources. In an El Tiempo interview, Quintana now openly admits to a Colombian version of the French phrase, les forcats de la route […]

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Landis rips Sky

Landis not high on Sky.

What does it say about the sport of pro cycling when the voice of its conscience is Floyd Landis? Landis was back in the news, giving his pointed views on Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Team Sky. The whiskey-drinking, testosterone abuser who had his 2006 Tour de France titled stripped is now a vocal critic […]

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Kittel, feeling sunny?

Kittel steps up to Tirreno-Adriatico. A sunny victory?

First, there’s the obvious — although that’s a meteorological riddle. In general, the Italian stage race is a sunnier affair than Paris-Nice, the supposed Race to the Sun, that is often anything but. The tough guys go to France, the smart ones prefer Italy. In any case, German sprinter Marcel Kittel has switched his race […]

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Wheel of fortune?

BMC, Astana, Tour of Alberta. Where’s the money, y’all?

Say what you will about pro cycling: Like the simple bicycle wheel, the same story comes round again and again and again. Just this week, we’ve had a triple shot of deja-vu. First, an announcement from Astana’s team boss Alexander Vinokourov that the team was running out of funds fast and would soon be dead […]

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White roads, only whiter

Sagan and Strade Bianche. Winter white roads.

This year, Peter Sagan was bored with a repeat of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Been there, done that. He skipped the opening cobbled classics of February in favor of Strade Bianche in Italy. He’s trading those big, hefty stones for small white, crushed gravel. According to Bora Hansgrohe sport director Patxi Vila, the impetus for […]

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My Manta

A freak’s dilemma. Bike fit for the XXL human.

  I am 6’4″ with NBA-length legs and arms. In terms of bike fit, there’s no other way to truly and emotionally encapsulate what that means. Excuse my French, I’m fucked. I own a colossally expensive custom road bike, my dream machine, my cyclist version of the guy who finally gets his Porsche 911. I […]

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