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  • Amstel preview: Who gets the first beer?

      Cobblestones done, on to the Ardennes. What have we on the favorites menu? Peter Sagan is riding Amstel and without exaggeration, he is hungry for a big win. He got dropped from the front group in Flanders and way dropped from the front group at Paris-Roubaix. His coach insists his form is getting better and better and like I [...]

  • Sagan’s Paris-Roubaix victory falls 15 kilometers short

      Fifteen kilometers from the finish of Paris-Roubaix, it looked like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), winner of the 2018 edition of the Hell of the North, had this wrapped up. He was about to defend his title and crown his spring campaign a success. He was the man with the fastest sprint in an elite group of six riders that contained [...]

  • Momma’s boy beats classics hardmen in Flanders

      So much for the big favorites in the Tour of Flanders. Peter Sagan grimaced in absolute pain and looked far too mortal. Greg Van Avermaet simply didn't have the legs to win. Zdenek Stybar was dropped and teammate Bob Jungels could only follow wheels. 2018 winner Nikki Terpstra succumbed to a crash and concussion. Wunderkind Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) went [...]

Geraint Thomas unhappy with nickname imitation

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is apparently unhappy that other people in the team are imitating his one-letter nickname. According to sources with knowledge of events, several other riders are now asking to be called by the first letter of their name. In particular, Colombian Egan Bernal wants to be called E, David de la Cruz [...]

February 5th, 2019|

Bardet wants ban on video screens at races

Not content with supporting a ban of radios in races, today top French climber Romain Bardet upped his demands. “The radios must go and the video screens, too,” said Bardet at his AG2R training camp in the Alps. “Getting rid of screens will bring back some of the spirit and panache that have been missing in the sport.” Bardet was [...]

November 29th, 2018|

Bettini says Tafi’s bid to ride Paris-Roubaix is robbery.

  Paolo says it's thievery Based on the court of cycling opinion, few people think 52 year old Andrea Tafi should attempt to race in Paris-Roubaix. Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999 and the Tour of Flanders in 2002 but that is ancient history. People like retired World Champion Paolo Bettini and Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere think it’s just a [...]

November 28th, 2018|

Ya need two road bikes. Because, duh.

Calfee Bamboo It goes without saying, right? Despite what significant others and financial advisors might insist. Ya need two bikes. Now, I have a sweet Calfee carbon road bike and a full suspension Trek Fuel but that's just the natural split -- road and mountain. What we're talking about is two road bikes, one as backup. Now that [...]

November 24th, 2018|

Romain Bardet talking krazy.

Bardet, temporary insanity? He said it. The little French climber said it, despite knowing it was madness and everyone would think it was stupid. Why? Romain Bardet couldn't help himself. It's the off-season, a time of loose talk and fantasy and a kind of memory wipe that makes people forget the extraordinary pain of riding a grand tour [...]

November 21st, 2018|

Rolland hopes for Tour wildcard for Vital Concept. Deja vu times two.

Pierre prays for Tour invite Vital Concept has a new beggar. Last year, it was the freshly signed sprinter Bryan Coquard who hoped that the Tour de France would throw his pro continental team a wildcard invite. "If the organizers of the Tour de France give invitations without giving us the time to prove ourselves, they could perhaps [...]

November 20th, 2018|
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