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  • Youth movement races to front of Tour of California

    Barring catastrophe on today's sprint stage in Pasadena, 20 year old Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will win the Amgen Tour of California. I had no idea who he was. Perhaps if you're an obsessive cycling fan that scours the results of under 23 races, you already knew he was the real deal. I suppose I should have been paying [...]

  • Bennett and Higuita light up Ventura, California.

    With all due respect to Iván García Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) who got his first WorldTour win, it was George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) and Sergio Higuita (EF-Education First) who lit the fireworks. They set off in chase of Zdenek Štybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) with just under five kilometers to the finish line. Bennett rocketed out of the peloton and the young Higuita, riding his first [...]

  • Van Garderen’s disastrous day at Tour of California.

    On the run-in to Morro Bay on stage 4 of the Tour of California, everything went wrong for EF-Education First's Tejay van Garderen. With about 8 kilometers to go, he crashed hard at the back of the peloton, his bike ending up about 20 feet away from him. He got up, his hip and shoulder hurting, and gingerly walked to [...]

EF Education gives a lesson on road to South Lake Tahoe

The last hour of stage two in the Amgen Tour of California could have been called the EF Education First  Show. As the road headed up into the Sierra mountains from Rancho Cordova to the Heavenly ski resort about South Lake Tahoe, the boys in pink seemed like that were always at the front of the race. This is called [...]

May 13th, 2019|

Simon Yates wins best quote in Giro press conference

A confident Simon Yates was asked what he'd be thinking if he was one of his rivals for victory in the Giro d'Italia "I would be scared, I’d be shitting myself." Now try putting that statement in Chris Froome's mouth. Never happen, not in a million years. Therein lies the thrill of Yates, an unscripted personality not afraid to venture [...]

May 10th, 2019|

Sprinter redemption at Tour of California

It’s a battle of the world’s top sprinters except that it’s not. The upcoming Amgen Tour of California will showcase Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish but nobody knows exactly how bright these stars will shine. Normally, this would be considered an exciting lineup of fast-men but these are far from normal circumstances. All three riders have been struggling, [...]

May 8th, 2019|

Giro d’Italia contenders. The vibe point of view

The 102nd Giro d'Italia has the potential to be a wide open, rock 'em, sock 'em race. That's especially true with Team Ineos now missing their star GC rider Egan Bernal after an unfortunate crash and fractured collarbone. However, we'll be spared the Sky-style throttling of the race with their big budget resources. Yes, it's really a toss-up as to [...]

May 6th, 2019|

Marcel Kittel. Lost.

What is up with Marcel Kittel? Now he’s out of the Tour of Yorkshire. That’s not because he’s afraid of anti-fracking protestors mistaking him for Sky’s new Ineos sponsor Sir Jim Ratcliffe. No, he’s just sick or not ready or not being professional or, if we’re to believe the comments by former pro Jurgen Van Den Broeck, hitting the wine [...]

May 1st, 2019|
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