Contador will not go quietly

Contador’s Farewell Attacks continue in Vuelta.

Another Vuelta stage, another Alberto Contador attempt to blow the race to molten pieces. Some riders like to ease into retirement but the Spaniard has managed to skillfully combine a farewell tour with a wild man’s homicidal bender. Think of that balancing act: he’s having fun at the same time he’s attacking the peloton and […]

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Froome on the fly

Froome flattens rivals in TT.

The 40.2 kilometer time trial was absolutely flat. That’s to say, flat as Vincenzo Nibali’s hopes of holding his one minute time gap to race leader Chris Froome. Instead, he lost another minute. Flat as Alberto Contador’s hopes of reaching that last step on the podium in the last race of his storied career. He […]

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Knog Mini Blinder front and back

Review: Knog Mini Blinder lights. Disco ready.

Mini light show meets personal disco lights meets candy colored jelly beans. That’s the cool personality behind the Knog Mini Blinder Niner lights. You can buy the front and back separately for $29.95 a pop or the twin pack for $54.95. It’s nine LED lights packed in a small, compact unit with a minimalist design […]

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Vuelta looks like Tour

Nibali and Contador try and fail.

Alberto Contador attacked from far out and Nibali attacked closer to the finish but the result was the same. They both lost time. The Spaniard, who simply hates being pack fodder even if it’s in the group of the race leader, launched his attack with 26 kilometers to go. An aggressive Miguel Lopez (Astana) went […]

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Nibali takes ten

Nibali nabs 10 seconds back from Froome. Whoo-hoo!!!!

Ten seconds. Is that worth a quick glass of champagne for Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida boys after stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana? This ten seconds can be symbolic and powerful or pretty much worthless, depending on your water bottle half empty or half full orientation. Does that ten seconds show that Nibali, […]

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Trentin scores

Trentin sprints into Vuelta Vacuum.

This is not to slight Matteo Trentin is any way, well, not really. He has three stage wins in this Sprinter-adverse Vuelta a Espana. Chapeau, a win is a win, enjoy the cold cava. The third win came today on a rare sprinters stage into Tomares where his Quick-Step teammates did everything right and set […]

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Vintage Contador

Contador wakes up Vuelta, AGAIN.

Oh man, we are going to miss Alberto Contador when heads into retirement this year. Who else has the audacity, the willingness, the exuberance, the sense of drama, the optimism and aggression, the tactical skills, the improvisational brilliance to wake up a bike race? Hint: it’s not Chris Froome, he of the clinical, scripted, watts-based, […]

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Contador keeps trying

Contador and Nibali tag team fails in Vuelta.

Except for the difference in pedaling style, you could be forgiven for thinking it was the Contador Brothers on the attack in the Vuelta a Espana. Stage 11 ended with a brutal  15.5 climb that Contador and Nibali tried to use the mountain to tag team race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). On the road […]

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Down but not out.

Nibali tries to slip away in Vuelta. Nobody falls for it.

When Vincenzo Nibali and his Boys From Bahrain went to the front near the summit of Collado Bermejo, everybody watching knew what was gong to happen next. It was stage 10, a tricky decent and Nibali Time. Sure enough, Nibali was first over the top and then he attacked the descent on wet, winding roads in an […]

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Cannondale lazy?

Froome on Cannondale’s financial difficulty: race harder?

Bizarre Vuelta rest day comments from Chris Froome on the news that the Cannondale-Drapac World Tour squad might have to fold due to a $7 million budget shortfall. While lamenting the possible demise of the American team, Froome first dismissed any commentary about the huge disparity of budget between the two teams. While Team Sky […]

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