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Pinot, Bardet stunned in Mende

    Word has it that the mechanics at FDJ and AG2R are attaching rear view mirrors to the bikes of Thibaut “Not-Paying Attention” Pinot and Romaine “Forgot To Look Behind” Bardet. What looked liked a sure victory for one of the Frenchman, who had broken clear on the short, nasty climb up above Mende, […]

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Battle of Almost Men in Rodez.

  Two hard luck cases went head to head in the final 250 meters uphill into Rodez. Perennial second Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Two Nearly Men on a mission. One of them was going to break the bad luck, runner-up status and it was Van Avermaet who made the smaller mistake […]

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Basso’s cancer, Plateau de Beille balls.

  It says something about the zero drama quality of stage 11, Pyrenean stage sans fireworks, that the biggest news story of the day was not Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka taking a big solo victory. No, it was his teammate Ivan’s Basso’s successful operation to remove a cancerous testicle. Now Basso is well liked and a senior […]

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Froome crushes butterflies in Tour. Fripp revisited.

  It’s an insane image but watching Chris Froome annihilate all his rivals on the Pyrenean climb up to La Pierre-Saint-Martin reminded us of a strange quote from long ago, from former King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. He was describing, if memory serves, what happened to the crowd at a show when he cranked up his […]

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Van Garderen gains one second in Tour TTT

    Tejay van Garderen and his BMC squad won the stage 9 team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec by one second over Chris Froome and Team Sky. (That was probably the second that Sky’s fifth rider Nicolas Roche lost when he started to drop off the back in the final 750 meters.) That’s […]

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Van Garderen petitions to make Fab Four a Five

  After an impressive first seven stages in the Tour de France, BMC’s Tejay van Garderen finds himself in third place just 13 seconds off the time of race leader Chris Froome. This success has Van Garderen thinking big and today at the press conference after stage 7 he stated that that the Fab Four […]

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Cavendish, Tour sprint, new finish?

Mark Cavendish has 25 Tour de France stage victories to his name. He’s won as many as five stages in one Tour. He’s having a helluva time reaching 26. So far, he misjudged the sprint on the Zeeland stage by jumping the gun, then watching Peter Sagan and winner Andre Greipel blow past him. Even […]

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Cobblestone anti-climax. Fab Four fine.

What? Carnage-free cobblestones? Ce n’est pas possible, mon vieux! Yes, the anticipated chaos, broken bones, shattered GC hopes and catastrophe that the pavé was supposed to dish out never happened. Skinny Chris Froome was supposed to be terrified of another crash and abandon like last year. Little Nairo Quintana was supposed to lose time, his […]

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Pinot, Van Garderen, a tale of two heads.

  Tour de France stage three did another sort out of the GC contenders and not the 40 odd riders who went down at Tour Madness speeds. Hey thanks ASO boss Christian Prudhomme for another edge of seat stage. (No jokes about humane Giro or humane Tour. Drama, always and yes it hurts.) The nasty […]

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