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Yates, twice as exciting in Catalunya

  What a brother act. The final stage of the not-stop-exciting Volt a Catalunya threw a dramatic climax into what has been a non-stop exciting stage race. After Angel Lopez (Astana) stormed into the lead with a bold attack on the La Molina stage, he took the leader’s jersey from Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) by 14seconds, with Sky’s Egan Bernal 3 seconds further back. That set up Sunday as a cage-match between Lopez and Yates with bonus seconds of 10, 6 and 4 seconds at the finish line. Could Yates, who lost the recent Tirreno-Adriatico to Primoz Roglic by one second, pull Catalunya out of a hat? His director sportif and former pro Julian Dean promised they would be aggressive. He wasn’t lying. With 22 kilometers to go, Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves was on the front. He said something into his radio and [...]

2019-04-01T11:43:22-07:00April 1st, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

Schachmann shocks sprinters at Catalunya

  Understatement from Bora Hansgrohe rider Max Schachmann: "I really like this race. It suits me very well." No argument here. The German won stage five of the Volta a Catalunya, dropping his three breakaway companions, then holding off the sprinter's teams to win by 13 seconds. The man is a Catalunya aficionado: he was second to Thomas de Gendt on stage one and fourth on stage two. Now he topped that with first place on stage five into Sant Cugat del Vallès. The drama of the stage ratcheted up considerably once Max Schachmann got rid of Tejay van Garderen (EF Education), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Jumbo-Visma) and Andrey Amador (Movistar). From that moment on, ten kilometers from the finish, it was man against peloton as several sprinter's teams wound up the chase speed. The gap kept ticking down as Schachmann went into [...]

2019-03-29T12:25:18-07:00March 29th, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

Lopez goes full Superman in Catalunya

  You almost expected the word BOOM! like in the comic books. Angel Lopez (Astana) lived up to his Superman nickname and took over the Volta a Catalunya on the slopes of La Molina. The Colombian was bold and frisky, attacking his GC rivals a full 8.4 kilometers before the finish. That first attack was brought back by Bernal and Yates but the second attack at 6.7 kilometers would prove deadly. It was a brutal acceleration that caught Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) a bit off guard. A gap ripped opened and four top climbers made the fatal hesitation. "López attacked very hard, he was going really fast and he made full use that point when the rest of us were all looking at each other and it worked out very well for him," [...]

2019-03-28T15:37:19-07:00March 28th, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

Yates wins on Vallter 2000, Quintana does light work.

  Team Sky’s Egan Bernal may be the new wonderkid but Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates is the boss. On the queen stage of the Volta a Catalunya, Yates took a masterful win atop the  Vallter 2000 climb. Bernal sprinted to second with Dan Martin managing to claw his way to third. The 11 kilometer climb was the exclusive battleground of those three riders along with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Angel Lopez (Astana). This elite group took turns trying to crack each other with only Quintana curiously unwilling to attack. It was Bernal with covered most of the moves and Yates who looked the most confident and smooth. Instead of violent accelerations, Yates seemed to be able to up his tempo and open gaps at will. The group played cat and mouse for the last 5.4 kilometers, each trying to find a [...]

2019-03-27T14:10:50-07:00March 27th, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

Thomas and Froome sharing TDF again

Half and half, splitskies, going Dutch in France at Le Tour. That's the Team Sky game plan for the 2019 Tour de France with four time winner Chris Froome and last years' champion Geraint Thomas both sharing leadership. The level-headed Thomas presented it as no big deal. "It'll be like this year [2018] in a way. Obviously, this year Froomey was ahead of me in the pecking order, I guess, but we didn't ride any differently. So now I've proven I can do it [win the Tour], it makes no difference really, if we still do the same thing and ride the same way and hopefully one of us can still win." We'd say that Thomas is remarkably clam and even keeled in his expectation that he'll get equal support and billing at Team Sky in July. He certainly didn't in [...]

2019-02-15T15:20:11-07:00February 7th, 2019|Featured|

Floyd fills entertainment void with new team

I'm in a Floyd Landis induced haze. Maybe we all should be. Maybe ASO's Christian Prudhomme should sit down with Landis, smoke some quality weed, and reconfigure the cycling world. Maybe the UCI should invite Floyd to let him guess edit the UCI regulations over a dinner of Swiss fondue and shots of Jack Daniels. Maybe WADA should send a personal jet to pick up Landis from Leadville, Colorado, and let Floyd rewrite the major of the anti-doping codes. This will be fun and informative and maybe save the sport for a shotgun spray of lead pellets. Just saying. Yes, let's just admit that while mortal adversary Lance Defunct Armstrong is busy trying to rehabilitate his shattered reputation with his podcast and a tour of his Aspen home, Landis has put together a Continental bike racing squad. (Aside, wow, Lance's [...]

2019-02-15T15:22:01-07:00February 6th, 2019|Featured|

Review: Uncharted Road Gear Pro Hand Pump. Affordable inflation.

  Uncharted Road Gear is one of those little tiny companies that seem to pop up all the time. Based in the US, they have a short and sweet range of products (for now, at least) that includes two mini-pumps, one headlight and two tail lights. My understanding is that for now, they generally head to China and modify and customize these products and down the road they will expand the product line and deepen their design involvement. Here's hoping that business is good enough that they continue to grow. I've been using their Pro Hand Pump (on sale for $19.98) for a few months. My frame of reference for this is a Bontrager Air Support pump that I loved until I somehow lost it. So I was more than happy when Uncharted Road Gear sent me their Pro Hand [...]

2019-02-15T15:26:16-07:00February 5th, 2019|Featured, Product Reviews|

Geraint Thomas unhappy with nickname imitation

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is apparently unhappy that other people in the team are imitating his one-letter nickname. According to sources with knowledge of events, several other riders are now asking to be called by the first letter of their name. In particular, Colombian Egan Bernal wants to be called E, David de la Cruz wants to be called D and Tao Geohagen Hart is now insisting he be addressed as T. Thomas voiced his frustration this last week in an interview. "At first I thought it was a joke and then it was like, 'come on, guys, really?' Are you really going to steal my unique nickname style? I can't believe it," said Thomas. Apparently, Thomas had previously reached an agreement with team boss David Brailsford that only Thomas would have use of the [...]

2019-02-15T15:24:38-07:00February 5th, 2019|Featured, Uncategorized|

Bardet wants ban on video screens at races

Not content with supporting a ban of radios in races, today top French climber Romain Bardet upped his demands. “The radios must go and the video screens, too,” said Bardet at his AG2R training camp in the Alps. “Getting rid of screens will bring back some of the spirit and panache that have been missing in the sport.” Bardet was referencing the screens inside the team cars and team buses that give detailed visual information that can then be communicated to riders. “They are watching me constantly, those Team Sky people, with their video screens. If they see I am tired or launching an attack from behind, they tell Froome instantly,” he said. According to Bardet, it would be better if pro cycling returned to a simpler, pre-radio and pre-screen time. “Where is poetry, where is drama, where is the [...]

2019-02-03T15:43:42-07:00November 29th, 2018|Featured, Uncategorized|

Bettini says Tafi’s bid to ride Paris-Roubaix is robbery.

  Paolo says it's thievery Based on the court of cycling opinion, few people think 52 year old Andrea Tafi should attempt to race in Paris-Roubaix. Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999 and the Tour of Flanders in 2002 but that is ancient history. People like retired World Champion Paolo Bettini and Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere think it’s just a really bad idea. “I hope you don't ride, you need to do other things in life at 52 years of age,'" said Bettini. Meanwhile Lefevere questioned Tafi’s sanity -- "We all were asking Andrea if he had a fever or something or if he had become crazy. I don't understand it," Lefevere told Cyclingnews. Nevertheless, Tafi is ploughing ahead with his plans, insisting he’s already found a team to get him into the race.  (Still waiting to discover what team is [...]

2019-02-03T15:43:43-07:00November 28th, 2018|Featured, Uncategorized|
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