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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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Stars shooting fast in February.

  Valverde goes early. Pro bike racers are super fit and these days they are super fit right from the gun. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) pointed that out just the other day after he won the Vuelta a Andalucia. The Green Bullet is firing on all cylinders and it’s February, folks. Fewer riders seem to ease […]

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Oman, oh man!

  Even a 9 year old kid who is failing geography will tell you Oman is a long way from Yorkshire, England. Ergo, hard to put any long-term stock in the results of the Tour of Oman but hey, you get to see which climbers did the hard work over the Winter. First, let’s get […]

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Sprinters up to speed and not.

  It’s early in the season but we’ve already seen some high quality fast. Marcel Kittel rides for Giant-Shimano and the Giant tag applies both to his race bike and the size of his thighs. Already the German has three wins in the inaugural Tour of Dubai, that petro-dollar duel in the desert. Kittel exploded […]

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Is Philippe Gilbert out of gravy?

Pro bike racer Lee Rodgers wrote two obituaries today and they were major ones, fallen hero variety, goodbyes to big stars. Writing his column for pezcycling, Rodgers, who rode both Qatar and Dubai, stated his feeling that both Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert were now on the downside of their careers. Hushovd has had two disappointing […]

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Milan-San Remo. Monumental mess.

  Just baffled by the lack of planning shown by RCS Sport concerning the addition (and now subtraction) of the Pompeiana climb in the Milan-San Remo classic. Organizers put in that new 5k climb, which comes between the Cipressa and Poggio, back in September. That’s about five months ago and yet it appears they’re just now discovering that […]

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