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UCI to force Vinokourov to leave planet?

    Astana, the team of reigning Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, is in deep trouble. They are down to their last drink at the last chance saloon, to extend UCI president Cookson’s metaphor. The governing body of the sport has recommend to the UCI License Committee that Astana’s WorldTour status […]

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Horner and Nibali and Vino and pissed off Cycling Gods.

  We can’t help but draw a strange, mangled, perhaps nonsensical parallel right now between what’s happening with former Vuelta rivals Chris Horner and Vincenzo Nibali. Both of them are caught in frustrating situations that have barred (or may yet) bar them from big races. It seem like ages since Horner battled Nibali to the […]

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Stannard stuns in Omloop. Bonnen bested.

  Sky’s Ian Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad against long odds, out muscling and outthinking three Etixx-Quickstep riders including classics superstar Tom Boonen, Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra and their teammate Stijn Vandenbergh. As Stannard admitted, all the stars aligned and race circumstances played in his favor but this was a masterful victory — especially for a […]

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Cranky Merckx in Oman. Calling Mr. Hinault?

  Great line from the old Hey Arnold cartoon where grandpa says “Simmer down ya hot headed looney.” Was that Eddy in Oman? Did he get a little heat stroke and lose his head when the temperatures went over 100 degrees, tires were exploring and riders said, uhh, thanks but we’re going back to the […]

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Froome lands final psychological blow.

  Who knew that Oleg Tinkov’s dream battle between his man Alberto Contador and Sky’s Chris Froome would actually happen in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol instead of the Giro. Tinkov didn’t even have to fork over any of his cash to pay for all the excitement and the chance to see […]

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Boonen to consider Nosferatu theater role?

    Will classic superstar Tom Boonen leave the cobblestones behind for a performance on a different stage? Cycling journalists and fans worldwide have noticed a “new look” from Boonen this season. His head is shaved close to the skull and his ears seems more pointed and devious. Now, according to a source at the […]

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Merckx talking up Wiggo for Roubaix.

  Eddy likes Wiggo. Eddie Merckx, new head of the Bradley Wiggins fan club? The portly ex-cannibal is talking up Wiggins’ chances of winning Paris-Roubaix and then setting an untouchable Hour Record. Should he manage both of those difficult feats, Merckx is prepared to elevate Wiggins to official, Hall of the Greats, bad-ass-ness. “He’ll be […]

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Voigt and Tour of America.

  Jens Voigt gave a talk in New York and got everybody worked up. He suggested that the US needs a two week Tour of America and that to accomplish that, the Giro and Vuelta should be cut by a week. Naturally, this idea went over big with US cycling fans who love Voigt so […]

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Cancellara. Hard-man in search of soft skills.

    Surprising admission: Fabian Cancellara admits he could be a better leader at Trek. The man is going soft — in a good way. We’d always assumed that Cancellara was a born leader, a confident boss-man who said what he was going to do and then went out and did it: Flanders, Roubaix, World […]

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