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  • Tour de France. How much Roome without Froome?

    When Chris Froome took his hands off the handlebars to blow his nose, the Tour de France blew up. Wind took the front aero wheel of his Pinarello sideways and in an instant, his femur, elbow and several ribs were broken. No Tour de France, no chance to join the exclusive club of five time winners. As the shocking news [...]

  • Froome hits wall in Dauphine, Tour start gone

    "It's been an interesting start, but I don't think the race has really started yet. Tomorrow, for sure, is going to have an impact," said Team Ineos manager David Brailsford. Little did Brailsford know that those words, spoken the day before the time trial in the Criterium du Dauphine, would prove prophetic in a way he could hardly have imagined. [...]

  • Nibali’s bad Giro calculations.

    We've heard for years that Vincenzo Nibali, winner of all three grand tours and several one day classics, is a smart race tactician. He is often quoted as saying he races on instinct but there's no question he has a finely developed understanding of tactics and strategy. He knows at what point in a race that the critical moment has [...]

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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