Pinot triumphs

Pinot takes masterful win in Il Lombardia

Have you ever seen Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)  look more commanding, confident and aggressive? The Frenchman took his first victory in a Monument in impressive fashion, attacking with Vincenzo Nibali on the Muro di Sormano, then dropping the Italian after multiple accelerations on the Civiglio. “My goal was to be alone at the top of the Civiglio. I […]

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Assos S9

Interbike goodie #7: Assos S9 bib-short

Ahh, Assos. Say that name and you immediately think luxury cycling apparel where money is no object. The Swiss brand arrived in Reno and Interbike with a strikingly novel approach to the bib-short. It’s the product of six years in development and besides elevated performance, less money is actually part of the appeal. The new […]

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Will Valverde be golden at Lombardia?

Lombardia preview. Valverde versus Pinot?

Il Lombardia, the last monument of the season, would seem to be a two man shoot-out between World Champion Alejandro Valverde and the red-hot Thibault Pinot. The race profile is made for a rider of Valverde’s talents, a jagged saw-blade that goes up and down, with gradients that often jump to 14% and as high […]

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Lopez: Down and out.

Pinot wins Milano-Torino. Gaudu takes down Lopez.

“I suppose I took him down. I’m sorry and hope he is OK.” The “he” in question is Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and while he is OK physically, emotionally he’s probably ticked off. Lopez had a serious opportunity to win Milano-Torino, until Monsieur David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ) swerved right in front of him, causing the […]

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Dirty Kanza. A message to the WorldTour.

Direction of pro road cycling, Thereabouts.

Intriguing story by Neal Rogers at CyclingTips. He’s writing about EF-Drapac’s decision to change up their focus on races and do more cool, grass roots events that connect them with cycling fans. It’s an admission that the old school approach isn’t working any more in pro road racing. People in the United States don’t care […]

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Andersen outwits rivals

Andersen wins Paris-Tours. Terpstra doesn’t.

Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won Paris-Tours and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) made an enemy of Niki Terpstra (Quick Step Floors). The trio had the front of the race to themselves with 30 kilometers to go. The young Frenchman Cosnefroy refused to work, incurring the wrath of Terpstra, the winner of this year’s Tour of Flanders. […]

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Dumoulin. Pump up the personality

Grand Tour rider personality test. Sagan can’t do everything.

I was just reading about Chris Froome and what his 2019 season goals would be when I found myself nodding off. This is often the case with Froome, an amazing, tenacious and ruthless rider, who has crushed his way to four Tour de France titles. While immensely successful at winning races, I would rate Froome […]

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Landis gets a team

Floyd Landis lands his own pro cycling team

The Mad Mennonite is back. Floyd Landis, the man who destroyed the legend of Lance Armstrong, has returned to the sport. Banned for doping and stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, Landis is coming back in style. He’s sponsoring a continental squad with the money he acquired from the settlement of the whistleblower […]

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Sutton learns Chinese

Shane Sutton finds Chinese Sky?

Shane Sutton is back in the action again. The former Team Sky coach and Technical Director is now working on a new professional Chinese cycling team that hopes to join the WorldTour in 2020. The stated goal of the Global Cycling Project is to develop the first Chinese winner of the Tour de France by 2024. Wow, […]

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Valverde wins World's road race

Valverde wins Worlds road race, pro cycling loses

First, Caley Fretz and Neal Rogers beat me to the sentiment. The Fretz opinion piece titled “I wish Valverde hadn’t won” and a long piece by Rogers ran a day ago in CycleTips.  Their points of view pretty much capture what I was thinking but, hey, It’s still the only subject I feel like writing […]

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Primal socks

Interbike goodie #6. Lizard Skins, Primal, Alchemy Goods, Melon

Walking around Interbike is a mesmerizing headspin. It feels like an immersive experience because no matter where you turn, you’re in a 360 degree universe of bikes, apparel and goodies. I’m seriously late to the whole funny sock phenomena — both on the bike and at work. My dogs are so thin and skinny, I’m […]

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Best friends? Not.

Bugno vs. Millar. It could have been so entertaining!

Gianni Bugno beat David Millar by a voting score of 379 votes to 96. You could describe the process as unrepresentative, feudal, rigged, a joke — but whatever, that’s the lame, faux rider’s union circa 2018. There was last minute talk of an electronic ballot that would actually let all the riders have a vote […]

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Ride, ride, ride.

Interbike goodie #5: Ride Concepts mountain bike shoes

  The evening before Interbike was the media preview of about twenty of so brands that felt like they had a particularity good story to tell. It was an eclectic mix of companies like Assos, Reform Saddles, Basso Bikes, Floyd’s of Leadville and Ride Concepts. The Ride Concept shoes on display immediately caught my eye […]

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Mix or match elastomers to dial in suspension

Interbike goodie #4: Redshift ShockStop suspension stem

  My high interest in the Redshift suspension stem was based on one 6 hour gravel ride. To be specific, it was the inaugural Peter Sagan gravel fondo in the Sierra mountains of California —  and my first ride on a new custom bamboo gravel bike from Craig Calfee. To say that the terrain was […]

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