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Sky developing “good luck” algorithm.

Sky chief David Brailsford on phone back to Sky HQ: Please, develop new mathematical algorithm to eliminate bad luck. The Men who made Marginal Gains famous are struggling in this Giro d’Italia. First, race officials threw the UCI rule book at their top GC rider, the man who would be pink, for taking a front […]

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Five chickens in Giro breakaway

  Winning a stage of the Giro d’Italia is a big deal, an honor, a career highlight, a guaranteed salary booster, a points haul, your ticket to free drinks in any bar in Italy for the rest of your damn life. With all those goodies on the line, the prestige, the media buzz, the party […]

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Giro d’Italia. Good sportsmanship gone wrong.

    Pro cycling is a beautiful sport with a impressive set of problems. One that would seem avoidable was on display during stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia. Richie Porte of Team Sky, who was in third place overall, 22 seconds back on GC to Alberto Contador, had a flat five kilometers from the […]

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Thieves steal Porte’s Giro motorhome.

  While Richie Porte and his Sky teammates were out on a short rest day ride, thieves stole his special motorhome. The bold larceny occurred in broad daylight on the outskirts of Civitanova Marche. Italian police have now put out an extensive search the the black and grey Fleetwood Excursion 39R vehicle in which Porte has been […]

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Six Flags California time trial. The portraits.

    The race announcer welcomed fans to the mountain. But no it wasn’t the Big Bear, high altitude, around the mountain lake time trial. It was the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park time trial. All “ride” analogies apply and there are at least a dozen. Have fun with that. Short, flat, what? Six […]

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Sagan removes monkey in California.

  Four hours, five minutes, six seconds, then salvation. That’s the precise amount of time Wednesday that Peter Sagan needed to rip the monkey off his back and throw him into the gutter. A Russian monkey named Oleg who some fool taught to use twitter. With only one win all season and a salary the […]

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Skujins. Shup up Latvian Legs

  Jens Voigt is gone, long live Tom Skujins. Tour of California breakaway artist and leg shutter-upper Voigt retired last year but he had to be smiling today as young Latvian Tom Skujins blew everybody away with a Jensie-screw-you attack. The kid took a solo victory, the leaders jersey and a stunning minute plus change […]

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Cavendish beats dazed Sagan.

  A few observations from the final 10k of stage 2 of the Tour of California. This was a guaranteed, genuine sprinters stage and with Mark Cavendish taking a that-was-easy-win over Peter Sagan and company, a second win had high odds. On the way into Lodi for three circuits, the action heated up and so […]

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Sagan in California. The Sadvakian?

  Things Oleg Tinkov is doing after watching his expensive acquisition Peter Sagan finish second to Mark Cavendish in the first stage of the Tour of California. 1) Screaming obscenities in Russian 2) Jumping on twitter to express his supreme disappointment 3) Tearing up Sagan’s paycheck for June 4) Firing Sagan’s coach Bobby Julich, flying […]

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