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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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