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Quelle feast! Sprint awesome-ness in Tour de France

When it comes to the Tour de France, Twisted Spoke is more of a GC guy. We watch the sprint stages with interest but not with the high level of anticipation and passion of a stage in the Alps or Pyrenees. That said, in our opinion, the 2016 edition of Le Grand Shindig has had […]

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Tour de France FOMO

Fear of Missing Out, that’s the social media malady of our time. The angst and suspicion, driven by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, that other people are having more fun and doing cooler things than you. Not being under 30 and addicted to social media, I don’t generally suffer from FOMO — except in one, […]

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Tour de France. It’s World War III

What an oddball set of images. Most all the Tour de France squads being driven around Normandy in World War II era military vehicles. Yes, it’s honor the fallen soldiers of Omaha and Utah beach at the Tour. A strange mashup of olive drab and optic rainbow lycra colors. Convoy trucks and $10,000 Pinarellos, fallen […]

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Bouhanni punches way out of Tour de France

At this point, three days before the Tour de France, you can call Nacer Bouhanni plenty of things: moron, jackass, clueless and selfish¬†would be a good start. Thanks to his colossal stupidity in injuring his hand by punching a noisy hotel guest in the mouth, he will not take the start in Normandy for his […]

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Pierre Rolland tres hungry for Tour de France.

Lucky Pierre Rolland is the big guy for Cannondale in Le Grand Shindig. Until a few weeks ago, the Frenchman was sharing the captain role with American Andrew Talansky. However, a difficult personal issue affected Talansky’s Tour preparations and he has been re-routed to the Vuelta a Espana. Now, it’s all in for Rolland who […]

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Pitbull in France. Is Talansky on track?

Pitbull in France. Is Talansky on track?

  BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Cannondale has just announced Talansky will skip the Tour for the Vuelta. My mind in on fellow Norcal resident and Tour de France GC dark horse Andrew Talansky. Shout out from Corte Madera to Napa, bro. Burning query: Is Talansky ready to make the next jump in the progression and improve […]

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Van Garderen reheats

  Yesterday he was cold, today he is red-hot. When we last saw BMC’s Tejay van Garderen in the Tour de Suisse, he was four kilometers from the summit, legs frozen and locked up, dropping two¬†minutes to his GC rivals. Not the master plan going into the Tour de France which begins in just two […]

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Van Garderen & Richie Porte. Who is Alpha?

Fun and insightful story from Fred Dreier over at Velonews. His basic premise — if American Tejay van Garderen doesn’t win this rival-lite edition of the Tour de Suisse on a course well suited to his skills, then BMC teammate Rickie Porte goes to France with a clear lead in the “I’m plan A” sweepstakes. […]

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Out with Tinkof, in with Sheik. Dark comedy continues.

Oleg Tinkof, owner of WorldTour squad Tinkoff-Saxo, is putting his “toy back in the box.” The Russian business tycoon, social media provocateur and all-purpose irritant is leaving the sport. We’re happy, we’re sad, we already miss the bombast. Characters are in short supply in pro cycling where jobs are in short supply, riders are careful […]

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