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Giro d’Italia contenders. No on Nibali.

Our burning question is why Vincenzo Nibali is a favorite for this year’s Giro d’Italia. Sure, he’s won all three grand tours with two Giros in the bank. But really, is he at the same level right now as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) or the red hot Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) or even the mercurial Frenchman […]

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Boswell thinking about Cali.

Boz and Tao show at Tour of California

There’s a certain irony that thanks to the UCI upgrade of the Tour of California, an amazing development team like Axeon didn’t get an entry to the big show but the pro riders they’ve sent up to the big leagues are welcome. Tour of California organizers were able to secure an exemption to the “WorldTour and Pro Continental […]

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Skull, cool

Things I Want, Edition Two

Man oh man, the cycling goodies just keep a coming, right? It’s an avalanche of cool stuff that few bank accounts could stand up to. But we can dream big even if the Significant Other has hidden the credit cards and forbidden us on pain of dismemberment and divorce from buying any more gear. Here’s […]

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Thomas more scary than Nibali?

Quintana overlooking Geraint Thomas for Giro?

Maybe they just didn’t have TV access in Bogota, Columbia where Nairo Quintana has been training before his imminent return to Europe to win the Giro d’Italia. That would explain how Quintana missed watching this week’s Tour of the Alps and missed watching Giro rival Geraint Thomas win the overall even without a strong Team […]

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Underdog scores third place

No shock winner in Paris-Roubaix.

Watched the last 50k of Paris Roubaix Sunday morning in California. Watched Peter Sagan endure his second flat and kiss his PR dream away. Saw Tom Boonen stuck in a big group with no interest or energy to close the gap to the leaders. His PR dream also went away, no fairy tale, no Hollywood ending. […]

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Cake Carrefour de l'Arbre?

Baker gets pavé wrong on Boonen cake.

Sadly, we must accept the fact that there is no baking version of Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix. That volunteer organization works hard all year round to repair and maintain the cobblestone tracks that make the Hell of the North so Hellish. However, there was no such cobblestones expertise on display with the Thank You Tom […]

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Boonen. Will the Cycling Gods grant him victory?

Boonen, Paris-Roubaix and the Cycling Gods.

Can Quickstep Floors’s Tom Boonen, King of the Cobbles, in his final race, in his storied career, go out with a record- beating fifth Paris-ROubaix win? There has been much heated debate, odds-making and prognostications. The Hell of the North throws up all sorts of craziness and on occasion the wild card winner. Lieutenants and […]

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Nice type, bad idea

A new REI new bike line called Co-op? Seriously?

I love REI. I was just in my local REI this weekend buying a Thule hitch rack. Been a customer forever, love their business model, their store design, their people. However, I question the name Co-Op for their big new launch into their own branded bicycles. They kicked out Novara which customers said didn’t measure […]

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Gilbert. Walking tall in Flanders

Many apologies Philippe Gilbert

We owe Quickstep Floors Philippe Gilbert a huge apology. Really, we thought he was kinda washed up the last few years at BMC. Not much on the results sheet, especially not given the size of his salary and the proportions of his ego. Phil was still taking like he was bad-ass when clearly he wasn’t/ […]

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Tejay on the up.

Tejay-ometer reading: He’s back up in Catalunya.

Latest measurement from our proprietary Tejayometer. We developed this analytic tool and smart phone app (look for it on kickstarter shortly!!!) to calculate exactly where Tejay van Garderen is on his trajectory back to grand tour boss-man. In our test runs of the Tejayometer last year, it registered some distressingly low numbers for Van Garderen, coinciding […]

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