The Book. The favoritism

No air conditioning for Thomas at Tour. Not cool.

Here’s how you know you’re the team’s protected rider in the Tour de France: Only you get to run the air conditioner for your hotel room. That cruel truth was discovered by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas after the Roubaix stage in this year’s Grand Boucle. The team had portable air conditioner units for all the […]

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Wiggins: See no evil

Wiggins a nutter on Armstrong

What’s up with Bradley Wiggins these days? It seems he has gone from an outspoken advocate for clean cycling from back in his SlipStream days to an “Oh well” apologist for Lance Armstrong. That seems like crazy talk considering the Texan doped and denied Wiggo the third spot on the podium in the 2009 Tour […]

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Gouvenou. Out-mapping Froome?

An anti-Sky Tour route? Not so much.

Samuel Abt, who might be called the first giant of American Tour de France journalism, weighed in on the 2019 Tour route. He pitched his Velonew story — and the route put together by Christian Prudhomme and Thierry Gouvenou — as an effort to cage Team Sky. Much as we’d like to fall in line behind […]

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Going up.

Climb, climb, climb. 2019 Tour de France route.

Up we go. It’s the Tour de France, nosebleed version. Chrsitan Prudhomme and ASO announced a mountain climb-heavy Tour de France route. There are 30 climbs that are either rated Hors Categorie, Categorie 1 or 2 and five summit finishes. This is the kind of route the gets pint-size climbers like Romain Bardet (AG2R), Thibaut […]

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Heads up: new club

ASSOS launches online Speed Club.

ASSOS of Switzerland just got a tattoo and a skull and a new club. They launched Speed Club as a way to connect with fans and give them first cut at limited editions gear and insights on the latest apparel coming out of the Swiss cycling apparel company. According to the press release, it will […]

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Valverde Ave Meets Indurain Ave

Valverde gets highway named after him in Murcia

After his win in the World Championship road race, Alejandro Valverde gets his own road. Officials in his hometown of Murcia have decided to rename the Avenida de Alicante (N-340) and change it to Avenida Alejandro Valverde. Valverde’s road intersects with the Avenida Miguel Indurain and is not far from the Avenida Ciclista Mariano Rojas. […]

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Saint Flour

2019 Tour de France route. Three hotels booked.

ASO and Christian Prudhomme will put on their big shindig in Paris on Thursday, announcing the route of the 2019 Tour de France. Yippee-do-da! I spent an hour on the Velowire website this morning just working myself into an excitable froth about all the possibilities. There’s a cat-nip quality to the Tour presentation and I’m […]

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Paris-Tours goes gravel

WorldTour bike racing and gravel roads: the inevitable backlash

For every action, there’s a reaction. Brexit, Trump, pro cycling dipping down to fan level for a gravel or mountain bike event. It was bound to happen, just human nature. Recent news that EF Education First would have a few of their pros ride the Leadville 100, Three Peaks cyclocross race and maybe even the […]

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Garneau side 1

Review: Garneau Course Air Lite II cycling shoes.

  Garneau has a killer road cycling shoe on its hands. The Course Air Lite II won a 2017 Eurobike award based on a technology they called the X-Comfort Zone. It’s a proprietary design that creates a stretch expansion area at the base of the small toe. This allows for greater comfort in a wide range […]

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Pinot triumphs

Pinot takes masterful win in Il Lombardia

Have you ever seen Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)  look more commanding, confident and aggressive? The Frenchman took his first victory in a Monument in impressive fashion, attacking with Vincenzo Nibali on the Muro di Sormano, then dropping the Italian after multiple accelerations on the Civiglio. “My goal was to be alone at the top of the Civiglio. I […]

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