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Cancellara. Happy, sad, hard-man in final Paris-Roubaix.

Spartacus, emotional gush-ball. As the final days tick down before Fabian Cancellara’s final Paris-Roubaix, he’s getting more and more tangled up in his emotions. He’s sad, wistful and agitated as he attempts to come to terms with the end of his career and his final run in the Hell of the North. It may or […]

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Sammy Sanchez, occasional King of Mountains.

At the advanced pro cycling age of 38 little climber Sammy Sanchez is still going up hill very fast. Once the captain of Euskatel-Eusaki and a hero of Basque sports culture, he is now in the twilight of his career and riding for BMC, filling the role of the guy who helps Tejay van Garderen and now […]

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Cummings fools them again. Pais Vasco perfecto.

Steve Cummings has become a master of the stealth move that wins races. He did it in the Tour de France last year, Tirreno Adriatico this year and today, the Vuelta al País Vasco. It almost seems innocuous, a casual boost of acceleration – nothing threatening, nothing violent – and then suddenly he’s gone. That was certainly […]

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Sagan & Flanders. Rock and roll, pro style

It was the facial expressions that told the story of the Ronde. In the immediate aftermath of the race, as soingeurs cleaned off the faces of Cancellara, Sagan and Vanmarcke for their media appearances, you could see the emotions. Vanmarcke sat with his head tilted back, dazed and exhausted. Cancellara, having just missed a record fourth win at […]

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Demare, Milan-San Remo’s winning bet

The difficulties of winning Milan-San Remo always come down to one universal analogy: it’s a lottery. How ironic and beautiful then that the winner of La Primavera, Arnaud Demare, is sponsored by the French Lottery. He just cashed in with the biggest win of his career with all the right numbers coming up. Luck was […]

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Sagan second in Milan San Remo pre-vote.

Yes, it’s another second place for poor Peter Sagan, the man with the rainbow stripes and no wins in 2016. He’s lost to Greg Van Avermaet twice already this year in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Tirreno-Adriatico. Now, he is the runner-up to Fabian Cancellara at Milan San Remo and he hasn’t even turned a pedal yet. Tough […]

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Is Nibali channeling Vino?

When Vincenzo Nibali threatened to skip the Giro d’Italia as retaliation for the cancellation of  mountain stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, we thought it was a mistake. We assumed that it was Astana team boss Alexandre Vinokourov pulling his usual heavy handed-old school soviet threats and not his star rider Nibali. It just didn’t sound like Mr. Tanquillo to […]

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Trek-Segafredo to reward Cancellara hugger with gift.

Apparently, Fabian Cancellara’s Trek-SegoFreddo squad is looking for the unidentified man who hugged Spartacus in the streets of Siena as he celebrated his third win at Strade Bianche. At first this seemed to be an ominous endeavor but the team apparently wants to reward the man who jumped up and down in joy with Fabian. We […]

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Paris-Nice. The Race to the Theoretical Sun.

Race to the Sun. That’s the clever little marketing slogan for the Paris-Nice stage race that runs from rainy, miserable Paris down south to the sunny Mediterranean climate of Nice. That’s the theory, anyways. The riders gradually getting warmer and more cheerful and tanned as they pedal their way straight down the map of France. The […]

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