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Valverde wins Roma Maxima. Oh well.

Chapeau to Roma Maxima winner Alejandro Valverde but not really. The so-called Green Bullet (or is it Off White Testosterone Patch?) is one of those old school riders we struggle to accept. At the center of Operacion Puerto allegations (later banned, first by the French, then the UCI) Valverde is a guy we want to […]

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Kwiatkowski dusts Sagan in Strade Bianche.

  Who drops Peter Sagan like that? Like the Fastvakian was a cat 2 guy thrown into a pro race and was just glad to be in the final two man break in Strade Bianche. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) played his moves to perfection, with Sagan up front, perhaps momentarily distracted by his ongoing contract […]

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Paris-Nice preview. Un peu de guessing.

It’s a different Paris-Nice this time around. The 72nd Race to the Sun down in Nice is still eight stages long but you can throw out any mountain top finishes and a time trial. Ou est le pizazz? In their absence, ASO has instead decided to emphasize uncertainty, boldness and a wide open course that […]

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Scott Mercier interview, part 2. Armstrong and the doping era.

Scott Mercier is the US Postal rider who walked away from the sport rather than resort to doping. These days he finds himself in the unexpected role of Lance Armstrong’s mountain biking pal. That puts him in a rather unique position to offer his thoughts on that dark era in cycling, the rationales given, Armstrong’s […]

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Scott Mercier interview on riding buddy Lance Armstrong, part 1

When we read the Telegraph story about former US Postal rider Scott Mercier going mountain biking with his new friend Lance Armstrong, our eyes popped. It was kinda like reading that Good and Evil were now bowling together and throwing a joint barbecue. It was truly an odd couple: Mercier, who walked away from the […]

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Post Omloop-KBK post

Who wasn’t happy for that big lug Ian Stannard? His huge win in the semi-classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad over the eternal second Greg Van Avermaet of BMC was a triumph for all lunch-pail workers. In direct contrast to his Sky team’s meticulous, no-variable-left-unscrutinzed approach to winning races, Stannard simply bulled his way to victory in the […]

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Gilbert. Old school or new?

Wassup with Phil Gil? Interesting to read Philippe Gilberts’ interview with pezcycling when he gets to the part about his training. Asked if he has changed his preparations in any way after two underwhelming seasons, the Belgian replied “No, it’s pretty much the same.” The follow-up question referenced teammate Greg Van Avermaet’s statement that the training […]

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Levi’s Gran Fondo. The “Must Go” Fondo!

160 decibel news for all road cyclists: registration for the best gran fondo in our part of the world is now open. Levi’s Gran Fondo is the funnest, coolest, most beautiful, well-organized good time you can have on a bike. With apologies to all the other up-and-coming gran fondos here in the US of A, […]

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Schlecks riding side by side. But which side?

While the Brothers Schleck are happy to be back riding together after that mean Johan Bruyneel tried to split them up, they still haven’t made a final decision on sides. “Normally, I like Frank to my left but we have been talking about a change,” said Andy. “After my injuries and the hard work I […]

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