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Giro prays for Froome. Should he pray, too?

Somewhere in a ancient church in Rome a middle aged man in a dark suit kneels at the alter. The only giveaway to the identity of this gentlemen is that he wears a pink tie. He is lost in his own fervent supplications but if you could decipher the whispered Italian, the gist would be […]

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Wiggins and Froome boats collide during Sky team building exercise.

  A Sky team building exercise went afoul today in rough seas off the coast of Southern Britain. The World Tour squad was learning to sail with members of the British Sailing team when two of the boats collided, throwing rivals Bradley WIggins and Chris Froome into yet another confrontation. According to eyewitness accounts, the […]

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Jan Ullrich to ride Hincapie gran fondo?

Out with Lance, in with Jan. USA Cycling announced Thursday that Lance Armstrong may not ride his buddy George Hincapie’s gran fondo, stating that under the WADA code, his lifetime ban prevents him from riding the USA Cycling-sanctioned “non-competitive” event. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping, had planned […]

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A French-friendly Tour de France route.

First, we replay the phone conversation from Paris three months ago … “Allo, oui, Monsieur Prudhomme, it’s Thibaut Pinot. How are you? Listen, I am here with my friend Romain — oui, sixth on GC. So, Romain and I were wondering if perhaps you could re-arrange the Tour route next year, make a few adjustments, […]

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Oleg Tinkov’s next outrageous move.

Forward motion, that’s the way Russian millionaire and Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov rolls. If one outrageous tweet doesn’t work, onto the next one. If you can’t sign one massive star, diss him in public and move on to the next star. If Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana failed to take the bait on […]

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Hinault loose talk. Riding all three grand tours for win possible.

Hot air balloon and retired Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault is at it again. On Monday the Frenchmen added extra gasoline to the Oleg Tinkov Challenge — one million euros split between Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana if they agree to ride all three grand tours with his man Alberto Contador. At […]

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Review: Cafe du Cycliste Lucienne merino jersey. C’est très bon!

A love letter from France? The best kind of amour, other than perhaps the surprise visit of some impossibly chic Parisien starlet. There on our front door step, a package from Nice and Cafe Du Cycliste — and inside, the lovely Lucienne lightweight merino wool jersey ($130) Cafe Du Cyclist is fairly new on the scene […]

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LEADED: Vino’s notes on Astana Iglinskiy press release.

  PLEASE SEE MY COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS. LETS DO BETTER NEXT TIME, VINO. Astana Pro Team very much regrets (DAMN!!! WE CAUGHT CAUGHT AGAIN. GUYS, DID NOBODY READ MY DECEPTION GUIDELINES?) that Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy unexpectedly (HA HA, “UNEXPECTEDLY” — LOVE THAT. NICE USE OF IRONY!) returned adverse analytical findings for EPO, and […]

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Andy Schleck crashes while riding off into retirement.

  After announcing his retirement to the assorted media gathered at the Casino 20o0 hotel in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg, Andy Schleck rode off down the street and promptly crashed, dislocating his right shoulder and fracturing his right wrist. A Trek media vehicle reached their former star a few moments later on Rue Flammang, finding Schleck doubled over on […]

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Tinkov expands grand tour offer. €100,000 for top ten riders.

Yesterday Tinkof-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov put his money where is mouth and large twitter following are. The Russian business tycoon is prepared to offer €1 million to Alberto Contador and his Grand Tour rivals if they compete in all three Grand Tours in 2015. His star rider Contador has already stated his intention to attempt a […]

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Matin wins Lombardia

  Dan Martin saved a disappointing, crash-filled season with a major victory in Il Lombardia. The Irishman attacked with just under a kilometer to go and top rival Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde played a disastrous game of “No, you chase.” Many experts and pros (including the savvy and experienced Chris Horner) continue to insist […]

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Saiz. The vampire that won’t die.

Riders like to call the UCI blood-takers by the name vampires. If ever there was a vampire in the sport of pro cycling , it’s Manolo Saiz. You can’t get rid of him, — he keeps crawling out of a dark hole somewhere. Try as you might, it appears difficult to kill him. Saiz and Dr. Eufemiano […]

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Quintana takes aim at Le Tour. Look out.

Giro d’Italia champion Nairo Quintana has announced his major season objective for 2105 and the first half of his race schedule. “After winning the Giro this year and crashing out of the Vuelta while race leader, my big objective for 2015 will be the Tour de France,” Quintana told ESPN. While winning the Tour will […]

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