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Porte getting as hungry as Froome.

Richie Porte puts his stamp on his home tour, the Tour Down Under. He won the climbing stages on Paracombe and Willunga and showed off his early season form. He took the race by 48 seconds over Esteban Chaves of Orica-Scott and 51 seconds over Jay McCarthy of Bora-Hansgrohe It’s just January and nobody in particular — […]

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Trump’s tweets on pro cyclists. LAME!!!!!

Well, today Donald J Trump is the President of the United States. A day of deep mourning and profound distress here at Twisted Spoke. It feels in many fundamental ways like America has died. We have an ill-informed, egotistical, vindictive, disorganized, corrupt and racist president in charge of our country. We’re in for a scary and […]

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Tour Down Under kills podium girls. It that a crime?

No podium girls at the Tour Down Under. Opinions are mixed on the move — it it old school and sexist or are we just over-thinking the political correctness thing? Some call the NFL the No Fun League for cracking down on player celebrations. Is pro cycling also riding down the No Fun Highway? Let […]

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Craddock rides with Armstrong. Bad idea.

We read the other day that young American gun Lawson Craddock was out riding with Lance Armstrong. They did a six hour ride out of Austin, Texas and both later posted the ride on Strava. Well, in our view, that’s a bad PR move from Craddock, who is a super talented pro on the Cannondale-Drapac […]

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Sky and Garmin. 2 shades of gray

Now that we’ve all discovered just how far Team Sky was ethically willing to go in manipulating the TUE’s for Bradley Wiggins, it’s interesting to think about the fallout and impact on the team and compare that with what happened at Garmin (now Cannondale-Drapac.) These were the two “Clean Teams” that represented the new approach to […]

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David Brailsford isn’t running a French cycling team.

Team Sky boss David Brailsford was out defending himself today against claims that his regime at Sky was “brutal” and driven by “machismo.” While you can argue that sometimes he’s not a nice guy and that he’s condescending and manipulative (especially with the press), there’s no arguing with the race results. Under his leadership and […]

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What was in Sky jiffy bag? Secret hand gel?

The investigations continue in the mysterious contents of the jiffy bag brought to Bradley Wiggins for the 2011 Tour de France. Nobody can substantiate with any facts or credibility what was in the bag. Sky’s Team Boss David Brailsford says he was told it was Fluimucil but people are still digging into the case, looking for […]

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Riders to watch? Where are Americans?

The Inner Ring just did his 10 riders to watch in 2017. Then he kept going and mentioned 10 other riders worth our attention for the upcoming season. There were no US riders listed in the top ten and only one managed to make it into the top 20 with a short mention and the other crawled in as […]

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Things I Want, Edition One

  I decided that just because I’m strapped for cash, I can still dream of all the delicious and cool cycling goodies out there. I will just buy them in my head, own them in a Buddhist way — acknowledging my desires but not grasping, not needing to actually buy them. So here is Edition number […]

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