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  • Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

    The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

  • Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

    First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

  • Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

    First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

Big boys at Belles Filles

The Planche des Belles Filles promised plenty of drama in this Tour de France. Not the beautiful girls throwing themselves off the mountain to their death to avoid evil mercenaries. No, that was during the Thirty Years War. The modern day drama was the brutal climb up La Planche Des Belles on stage six of the Tour de France. The [...]

July 12th, 2019|

Sagan muscles his way to victory in Colmar.

The phrase Peter Sagan repeats most in his autobiography is a glib encapsulation of his philosophy on racing and life: "Why so serious?" Well, this season things had gotten very serious indeed. He wasn't winning, made little impact in his top objectives, Flanders or Roubaix. His coach Paxti Vila wondered if they'd somehow made a mistake in his training. Sponsors [...]

July 10th, 2019|

Viviani takes first Tour de France stage win in Nancy

Nancy, France, July 9th, 2019 will always be a magical day for Elia Viviani. The Italian sprinter for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad won his first Tour de France stage today in Nancy, beating Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch sprint. As Viviani admitted a few days ago, a win in the Tour would go along [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Alaphilippe attacks passive peloton and takes yellow

Apparently there was a significant misprint in the Tour de France race book for stage three. What was officially listed as a race day, specifically a 215 kilometer run from Binche to Epernay, was in actual fact a rest day. The entire peloton did indeed leave Binche at the appointed time and head to the champagne region of France but [...]

July 8th, 2019|

Jumbo-Visma goes big again in Tour de France

Two stages, two surprises. First, Jumbo-Visma's lead-out man up Mike Teunissen stuns the sprinters to win the first stage and first yellow jersey. Then, on the second day in Brussels, the Dutch squad decided to keep yellow, putting in a scorching ride to beat the favored Team Ineos by 20 seconds and Deceuninck-QuickStep by 21. That's two nice cuddly Credit [...]

July 7th, 2019|

Lead-out man leads Tour de France after stage 1

Brussel sprout wins. It wasn't Dylan Groenewegen, the start sprinter of Jumbo-Visma, who won the first stage and yellow jersey of the 2019 Tour de France. Sadly for the Dutch fastman, he went down hard in a crash just 1.5 kilometers from the finish. Nor was it Deceuninck-QuickStep's Elia Viviani who on a good day would have been expected to take [...]

July 6th, 2019|
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