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Tommy D impressive in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

When is runner-up worthy of high praise? Just for a few movements, let’s celebrate the second place of Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson in the US Pro Cycling Challenge. He said coming in that it wasn’t an ideal course for him — read, not enough steep gradients and summit finishes — and he knew Tejay van Garderen […]

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Horner. Sacrificing Spain for Utah.

  No smiles now for Smiler.   Defending Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Horner has been pulled from the start list of the Spanish grand tour due to low levels of cortisol. (Not high levels of sangria or presence of tapas in blood stream.) While free to race according to the UCI regulations, his Lampre-Merida […]

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Jens Voigt. An almost stage win in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Jens Voigt, the man in chrome silver, going for gold in Colorado. A mile high metaphor. Bang, he drops his break-buddy Ben Jacques-Maynes like Ben Out-Of-Gas. Jens going solo to soak up the roadside adulation all to himself, bath in it, marinate in the good vibrations. Extroverts love a good standing ovation. Double his […]

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Van Garderen takes jersey and stage on Monarch.

  Money!   After several hard accelerations in the final 5 k of the race up to Monarch Mountain, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) finally dropped somebody important. Sadly, it was his own teammate in the leaders jersey, Alex Howes. Goodbye, young man. Danielson couldn’t drop Tejay van Garderen (BMC) or Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing) or […]

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Andy Schleck. MTN Qhubeka?

  Andy searching.   Roll this around on your tongue and admit it’s fun to say: Andy Schlecka, MTN Qhubeka. The latest words out of Trek Factory Racing’s boss Luca Guercilena make it sound doubtful that Schleck the Younger will return to the team. Management is in negotiations with Frank but not Andy, Andy out, Andy Schlecka, […]

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Carpenter takes dramatic surprise win in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Development done, baby, you’re a pro. 22 year old Robin Carpenter of the Hincapie Development Team sprung the big surprise on the WorldTour pros, winning solo in the pouring rain after 60 miles in a breakaway. “It’s huge for me, it’s massive, the best win I’ve ever had in my short career,” said Carpenter. […]

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Reijnen takes sweet victory and jersey in Colorado.

Two buddies came down the straightaway in Aspen, Colorado gunning for the stage win and first leaders jersey in the US Pro Cycling Challenge. Keil Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) and Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp) took it to the line. They both live in Boulder and train together and had the exact same dream: win in Aspen and take the honors […]

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Tiernan-Locke outdrinks Floyd Landis.

Somewhere in the United States, wild-man Floyd Landis is laughing his ass off. Landis is on the floor, doubled over in pain from laughing so hard. In fact, he hasn’t hooted it up this much since the day all of Lance Armstrong’s sponsors dropped him after the USADA bomb exploded. The disgraced Texan lost something […]

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Trek gives Jens Voigt’s a silver send-off.

The old corporate cliche was a gold watch to commentate retirement after many faithful years of service. Trek isn’t giving Jens Voigt the gold watch; instead they’re handing him a silver race bike, silver Bontrager cycling shoes and silver helmet. He’ll be wearing — and riding — all three in his final race, the US […]

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