The Pistolero lives on

Who gets Pistolero’s pistol?

Alberto is happily retired but his firearm symbolism lives on. While Trek-Segafredo will now be without the services of the legendary Alberto Contador, his signature pistol move will still be an inspirational part of the team. Although retired immediately after his stirring performance in the Vuelta a Espana, Contador apparently left behind a ceremonial pistol […]

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Sonoma. Every turn is another beautiful sight.

A Duvine day in Sonoma wine country

I just scored a free one day adventure from a luxury bike touring company. Actually, everyone who showed up for the Duvine and Assos-sponsored rides around the stunning countryside of Sonoma didn’t pay a thing. Over a hundred of us were treated to an amazing day out with full catering, sag support and all logistics. […]

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Kill Cancellara with cookies

Gaimon counter offers to Cancellara challenge.

Oh boy, this is getting fun and this time no lawyers or threats involved. After Fabian Cancellara came after Phil Gaimon for repeating the well-worn rumor that the Swiss star right have used a hidden motor on occasion, it looked like the two were headed to court. Now, however, Spartacus has shifted gears and invited […]

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Takes US coins and Euros!

Tour de France piggy!

Yesterday I was reading Caley Fretz’ Cycling Tips post 10 products I loved in 2017. Good stuff and number 10, last in the list, was a polka dot, king of the mountains, coffee mug. Who does’t want one of those? Which made want to check out the Tour de France boutique to see what unexpected […]

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Pas de cobbles for Bardet

Bardet opts for smaller stones. Cobblestones too big.

There may be 21.7 kilometers of Paris-Roubaix cobblestones in the 2018 Tour de France, but Romain Bardet won’t be doing any live ammunition training for the ordeal. Like many of his skinny stage race rivals, Bardet is unwilling to take the risk of crashing and injuring himself and putting his Tour de France chances at […]

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Phil the Thrill

Gaimon’s Draft Animal out-takes. More explosive than Cancellara’s motor!!!

In his new book on pro cycling, retired pro Phil Gaimon repeated an old rumor: that superstar classics rider Fabian Cancellara probably had a motor in his bike when he won the Tour of Flanders, flying past a powerful Tom Boonen like the Belgian was pedaling with only one leg. That bit of click bait […]

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A key to a motor?

Cancellara shows off key to secret motor?

Did Fabian Cancellara accidentally show off the key to the alleged secret motor hidden in his bike frame? The one that allowed him to suddenly, effortlessly rip ahead of Tom Boonen in the 2010 Tour of Flanders? The motor that allegedly given his to winning edge in the 2008 Milan-San Remo? It’s anybody’s guess but […]

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Overijse - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Gaimon Phillip (USA / Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) pictured during the 56th Brabantse Pijl cycling race with start in Leuven and finish in Overijse (205 Km) on April 13, 2016 in Overijse , Belgium - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Phil Gaimon craps in the soup.

There’s a charming cycling expression, to “spit in the soup.” Virtualinguist describes it: “There are hardly any mentions on English Google pages, but there are a lot for the French equivalent ‘cracher dans la soupe’ on It is usually translated into English as ‘bite the hand that feeds you’. In this cycling and doping […]

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Oh so French

How woman are portrayed on cycling apparel websites. A visual audit.

In the world of branding, we would call this a visual audit. A look at the competative landscape, an overview of the visual design and language in any given business category. We decided to take an in-depth look at how brands advertise their apparel to women. How do they present women in imagery? Do they […]

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No to Italy.

No, No, No, Froome is NOT riding the Giro.

Note to media: stop the silliness, quit the crash talk, end the hypotheticals. Chris Froome is not going to ride the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. Yes, it’s the off-season when foolish talk and the desperate need to generate new content lead media folks to wild speculation and fabrication. There’s the tendency to […]

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A funny Froome?

Froome improving physically, mentally, not comedically.

In the latest interview with cyclingnews, Chris Froome says he’s still improving mentally and physically even after winning four Tour de France titles. “The numbers this year in the Vuelta were better than they’ve ever been in my life. The numbers were higher than I’ve ever seen before,” said Froome. “I feel still as a rider now […]

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Vengi dreams big

Vengi’s Giro pipe dream

  We’re beginning to think the term Silly Season, used to describe the crazy period of rider transfers, should be expanded to cover all manner of off-season silliness in pro cycling. Or perhaps you could call it the Loose Talk Time. The latest silliness comes from Mauro Vegni, the head of the Giro d’Italia. His […]

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Movistar rabbit

Alejandro Valverde, Energizer bunny

I never liked Alejandro Valverde. Once Operación Puerto hit back in 2006 with the blood bags and drugs and slimy veterinarian Eufemiano Fuentes, I crossed him off my list. The fact that he never admitted his crimes or offered even the generic and cynic “apology” made him even worse in my book. He was one […]

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Valverde is Tour crazy

Movistar’s crazy Tour de France talk

“Nothing is off the table,” says Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué. “We’ll wait to see what the Giro comes up with, but why not have all three at the Tour? It’s possible the Tour might be the first grand tour of the season for all three of them.” Hoo-boy. That would be crazy stuff, right? Nairo […]

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Nibali wins big in Jakarta

Nibali wins in Jakarta, Cavendish, Kittel nipped at line.

Vincenzo Nibali has won the inaugural end-of-season race, the Tour of Jakarta. The Indonesian island hosted the UCI event with many of the top stars in pro cycling taking part before putting an end to the long cycling calendar. The 136 kilometer course in and around Jakarta, finished with a straight and pan flat drag […]

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