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Andy Schleck. Out of Ardennes, out of chances?

Has Andy Schleck become hors comprehension? With his latest injury — a knee in the Amstel Gold race this last weekend — Andy Schleck has indeed fallen again, lower this time, and further from his distant goals. It’s hard to read Schleck the Younger. He’s a personable guy, lovable even, and like anyone with an […]

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BMC’s Peiper. Director Sportif of the Year so far ….

It’s funny when you think about it but in pro cycling there is no award for coach of the year, no prize to honor managerial skills. If there was, then BMC’s Allan Peiper would be running away with the prize at this point in the season. His “step up or step out” approach is paying […]

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Cavendish’s secret weapon against Kittel: pistachios.

It’s no secret that Mark Cavendish’s number one, get podium or die tryin’ goal for this season is to beat Marcus Kittel in the sprints of this year’s Tour de France. That has been his priority since the end of the 2913 Tour where Kittel destroyed everyone with four victories and took over the title […]

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Amstel, Cunego, really?

Alejandro Valverde said a funny thing today. In reviewing his list of potential rivals for this weeks Amstel GOld race, he threw out the usual suspects: Joaquim Rodriguez, Michel Kwiatkowski, Simon Gerrans, Vicenzo Nibali, Roman Kreuziger and Philippe Gilbert. Nobody is gong to argue with any of those fine choices. All those riders are tough and […]

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Armstrong to fix sport of cycling starting with flat tire.

Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former winner of seven Tour de France titles, has finally decided to fix cycling. Now it would be easy to assume that means that Armstrong has told investigators at the UCI Independent Commission everything about his doping practices. After all, Armstrong has promised on several occasions that he’d be the first […]

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Horner secret Vuelta plan working perfectly.

  Last season American Chris Horner discovered the ideal strategy for winning the Vuelta a Espana. The 42 year old was plagued by injury early in the year but came back late to perform well — second overall in the Tour of Utah — before surprising tired rivals like Vincenzo Nibali in the Vuelta a […]

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Cavendish to Tour of California? Wiggo and Cav in Cali.

  The Tour of California woke up in an extremely good mood today. Thanks to the overlapping dates in May, the race is always struggling to steal stars from the Giro d’Italia. Big names like Nibali and Froome are either in Italy or some high attitude training camp than in Cali. Today however, a big […]

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Paris-Roubaix contenders. Where is your heart?

  How are you feeling emotionally about this edition of the storied Paris-Roubaix? In other words, where is your heart and you are you pulling for? Are you emotionally invested in Fabian Cancellara pulling off another Flanders-Roubaix double and watching him collapse on the infield grass of the velodrome and kiss Ms. Spartacus and go […]

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Wiggins hopes to ride with Cancellara in Paris-Roubaix

Can I ride with you Fabian? Is it really just too much to ask? Can’t a former Tour de France winner with a royal title make a request? Would it be totally out of the question for Sir Bradley Wiggins to tag along in Fabian Cancellara’s company when the shitty cobbles hit the fan in […]

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Cancellara too strong for Roubaix rivals?

  Fabian Cancellara will attempt to muscle his way to another Flanders-Roubaix double this Sunday. It’s difficult to imagine who would possibly be stronger on the cobblestones. Spartacus earned his Ronde victory pretty much solo. Yes, he won the four up sprint — three up because who is really counting Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step)? […]

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Paolo Salvodelli. An alternative punishment.

Man, those Italian anti-doping authorities are really COMING DOWN on retired rider Paolo Salvodelli. They are STICKING IT to El Falcon. CONI, aka the Italian Olympic Committee, is recommending a take-that-doper! two year, eight month ban. A ban from what, exactly, and what meaning does this farcical “punishment” really carry? The former winner of the […]

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Flanders: the big three and who else?

Thomas. Mr Flanders?   Hard to go against conventional wisdom and pick anybody but Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara or Peter Sagan to win the Tour of Flanders this Sunday. You’d look like a fool for even suggesting an alternative. Like ordering pizza and a glass of Chianti instead of frites and a Belgian beer on […]

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Greipel and Farrar down and out in Ghent-Wevelgem

  Farrar. Down, out. If this is local Ghent resident Tyler Farrar’s home away from home, right now he must be wishing maybe he lived in Girona, Spain or Nice, France. Call moving van, pack boxes. Farrar was on clearly on form after his podium in Dwars door Vlaanderen and was as optimistic as we’ve heard […]

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