Nairo

Quintana. Two attacks and finished.

The sueño amarillo is officially over. Froome nightmare in force. Movistar’s Nairo Quintana admitted as much yesterday after his disappointing efforts on the climb up to the Emosson dam. He re-affirmed that sentiment today with a disappointing time trial in Megève– and a mountainous one suited to a climber — that put him 4:37 behind the man leading […]

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Sagan

Sagan nails 3rd Tour de France stage win, erases memories.

Peter Sagan of Tinkoff notched his third win in this Tour de France with the most exquisitely timed bike throw we’ve seen outside the track. After dealing with the little cobbled climb, he came from behind to beat Katyusha’s Alexander Kristoff by a millimeter, the width of a human hair, a handful of molecules. Both […]

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The day nothing happened at Le Tour de France

Sunday, stage 15, Grand Colombier, primetime, hardest stage of Tour, fireworks for sure — six categorized climbs – three of them 1st or HC killer. The cyclingnews preview summed up the prediction: “It’s going to be action-packed.” This was the day that Nairo Quintana of Movistar and his deluxe mountain domestique Alejandro Valverde would attack the yellow jersey […]

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Porte

Porte turns clock wrong way in Tour de France TT.

Richie Porte was on a bad day in the 37km time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andéol to Pont-d’Arc. It was a windy, lumpy stage and he took his lumps, finishing 21st and losing another two minutes to his former Sky captain and current maillot jaune Chris Froome of Team Sky. Porte had already taken his lumps yesterday in […]

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Froome run

Froome runs away with Tour de France on Ventoux

The Giant of Provence, one of the Tour de France’s most iconic climbs, a beast and a killer, Mont Ventoux is a brutal challenge on a race bike. It’s even more excruciating and slow to attempt to tackle the HC climb without a bike. That was the astonishing image of this year’s Tour de France — […]

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Quintana: no fireworks, just glue

Where were the searing mountain attacks in Andorra from Movistar’s Nairo Quintana? Chris Froome’s most dangerous rival spent the day firmly stuck. All the way up the long, torturous, rainy, hailstoned climb, the Colombian was content to simply stick to Froome’s wheel, never once turning a pedal in anger. Plenty of critics wondered about the absence of attacks from […]

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Rod Ellingworth loses stage 7 of Tour de France

The GB coach was not part of the Tour de France peloton that tackled the Col d’Aspin on Friday. However, he was certainly the biggest loser on the day, even bigger than FDJ’s poor Thibaut Pinot. The winner of the stage, Steve Cummings, had called for Ellingworth to resign due to a conflict of interest. […]

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Quelle feast! Sprint awesome-ness in Tour de France

When it comes to the Tour de France, Twisted Spoke is more of a GC guy. We watch the sprint stages with interest but not with the high level of anticipation and passion of a stage in the Alps or Pyrenees. That said, in our opinion, the 2016 edition of Le Grand Shindig has had […]

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Tour de France FOMO

Fear of Missing Out, that’s the social media malady of our time. The angst and suspicion, driven by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, that other people are having more fun and doing cooler things than you. Not being under 30 and addicted to social media, I don’t generally suffer from FOMO — except in one, […]

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Tour de France. It’s World War III

What an oddball set of images. Most all the Tour de France squads being driven around Normandy in World War II era military vehicles. Yes, it’s honor the fallen soldiers of Omaha and Utah beach at the Tour. A strange mashup of olive drab and optic rainbow lycra colors. Convoy trucks and $10,000 Pinarellos, fallen […]

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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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