Nairo

Contador cracks Froome in Vuetla time trial.

Tuesday and another wild ride in the Helta Skelta Vuelta, the loco grand tour You Just Can’t Control. The time trail from Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja reshaped the race and wiped out a big star. Today’s surprise was brought to you by ex-race leader Nairo Quintana who began the 36.7km time trial […]

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Bert

Contador impresses in Vuelta a Espana.

  So far so good in grand tour numero tres, the Vuelta a Espana, or more descriptively, the Helta Skelta Vuelta. After week one, the excitement has already ratcheted up to a fever pitch. Chris Froome has not fallen off his bike, has both wrists intact and is having this cliched “good sensations.” The dynamic […]

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Edvald

Edvald Boasson Hagen finds love in Africa.

  While Sky teammates once called Edvald Boasson Hagen “Eddy Junior” in respect for his Merckxian potential, the shy Norwegian was never by any stretch of the imagination the next Cannibal. Edvald is a polite and sweet guy, not a stone cold killer on the bike like Mr. Merckx. The Belgian needed nothing except his […]

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Tommy D impressive in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

When is runner-up worthy of high praise? Just for a few movements, let’s celebrate the second place of Garmin-Sharp’s Tom Danielson in the US Pro Cycling Challenge. He said coming in that it wasn’t an ideal course for him — read, not enough steep gradients and summit finishes — and he knew Tejay van Garderen […]

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Horner. Sacrificing Spain for Utah.

  No smiles now for Smiler.   Defending Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Horner has been pulled from the start list of the Spanish grand tour due to low levels of cortisol. (Not high levels of sangria or presence of tapas in blood stream.) While free to race according to the UCI regulations, his Lampre-Merida […]

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Voigt

Jens Voigt. An almost stage win in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Jens Voigt, the man in chrome silver, going for gold in Colorado. A mile high metaphor. Bang, he drops his break-buddy Ben Jacques-Maynes like Ben Out-Of-Gas. Jens going solo to soak up the roadside adulation all to himself, bath in it, marinate in the good vibrations. Extroverts love a good standing ovation. Double his […]

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Van Garderen takes jersey and stage on Monarch.

  Money!   After several hard accelerations in the final 5 k of the race up to Monarch Mountain, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) finally dropped somebody important. Sadly, it was his own teammate in the leaders jersey, Alex Howes. Goodbye, young man. Danielson couldn’t drop Tejay van Garderen (BMC) or Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing) or […]

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MTN

Andy Schleck. MTN Qhubeka?

  Andy searching.   Roll this around on your tongue and admit it’s fun to say: Andy Schlecka, MTN Qhubeka. The latest words out of Trek Factory Racing’s boss Luca Guercilena make it sound doubtful that Schleck the Younger will return to the team. Management is in negotiations with Frank but not Andy, Andy out, Andy Schlecka, […]

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Carpenter

Carpenter takes dramatic surprise win in US Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Development done, baby, you’re a pro. 22 year old Robin Carpenter of the Hincapie Development Team sprung the big surprise on the WorldTour pros, winning solo in the pouring rain after 60 miles in a breakaway. “It’s huge for me, it’s massive, the best win I’ve ever had in my short career,” said Carpenter. […]

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