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Sky clouded by Knaven accusations.

  One of the problems with a zero tolerance policy, as impressive as it sounds, it that it provides zero wiggle room if something goes wrong. When you claim the world is black and white and you are 100% white, 100% of the time, you’ve set a bar so high that failure is inevitable and […]

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Van Avermaet ozones out in Strade Bianche?

  Greg van Avermaet, Mr. Second Place, found himself with a 33.333% chance of winning Strade Bianche. One in three odds against as he raced into Sienna with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep). “Now is the time” Van Avermaet had stated at the start of this season, time to move from the second places […]

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Ian Stannard. Wiggo’s Froome in Paris-Roubaix?

  Imagine this bizarre but possible Bradley Wiggins nightmare: Ian Stannard becomes … wait for it … Chris Froome. A very specific version of Froome, the one from 2012, in France, July, La Toussuire, the climb where he drops his own team captain Wiggins much to the shock and displeasure of everyone at Sky. Yes, that […]

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UCI to force Vinokourov to leave planet?

    Astana, the team of reigning Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, is in deep trouble. They are down to their last drink at the last chance saloon, to extend UCI president Cookson’s metaphor. The governing body of the sport has recommend to the UCI License Committee that Astana’s WorldTour status […]

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Horner and Nibali and Vino and pissed off Cycling Gods.

  We can’t help but draw a strange, mangled, perhaps nonsensical parallel right now between what’s happening with former Vuelta rivals Chris Horner and Vincenzo Nibali. Both of them are caught in frustrating situations that have barred (or may yet) bar them from big races. It seem like ages since Horner battled Nibali to the […]

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Stannard stuns in Omloop. Bonnen bested.

  Sky’s Ian Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad against long odds, out muscling and outthinking three Etixx-Quickstep riders including classics superstar Tom Boonen, Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra and their teammate Stijn Vandenbergh. As Stannard admitted, all the stars aligned and race circumstances played in his favor but this was a masterful victory — especially for a […]

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Cranky Merckx in Oman. Calling Mr. Hinault?

  Great line from the old Hey Arnold cartoon where grandpa says “Simmer down ya hot headed looney.” Was that Eddy in Oman? Did he get a little heat stroke and lose his head when the temperatures went over 100 degrees, tires were exploring and riders said, uhh, thanks but we’re going back to the […]

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Froome lands final psychological blow.

  Who knew that Oleg Tinkov’s dream battle between his man Alberto Contador and Sky’s Chris Froome would actually happen in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol instead of the Giro. Tinkov didn’t even have to fork over any of his cash to pay for all the excitement and the chance to see […]

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Boonen to consider Nosferatu theater role?

    Will classic superstar Tom Boonen leave the cobblestones behind for a performance on a different stage? Cycling journalists and fans worldwide have noticed a “new look” from Boonen this season. His head is shaved close to the skull and his ears seems more pointed and devious. Now, according to a source at the […]

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