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  • Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

    The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

  • Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

    First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

  • Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

    First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

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 [...]

June 21st, 2019|

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. [...]

June 12th, 2019|

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 [...]

June 3rd, 2019|

Movistar gives Nibali the Sky treatment at Giro

VIncenzo Nibali has seen this movie a few times before. In July, in the Tour de France, in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees. It's not fun. In the Tour de France, Nibali was often forced to submit to the collective force and will of Team Sky. Their relentless tempo crushed his hopes of defeating Chris Froome as [...]

May 28th, 2019|

Roglic down but dodges bullet at Giro

On stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had his Steven Kruijswijk moment. After a mechanical and a switch to a teammate's bike, the Slovenian was desperately trying to limit his losses to Vincenzo Nibali and Richard Carapaz after their attack on the final climb of the day. On the descent of the Civiglio, Primoz over-cooked at tight [...]

May 26th, 2019|

Nibali gets salty with Roglic in Giro Alps

The Shark is not his usual tranquillo self. The first summit finish stage of the Giro d'Italia had plenty of fireworks, including Vincenzo's Nibali's incendiary words for Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The Italian wasn't happy with Roglic's tactics as the race hit the upper slopes of the Col del Nivolet. "He let the gap go to Carapaz and Majka and wanted [...]

May 24th, 2019|
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