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Mancebo in Egypt. Too late for Horner?

  The man in the wilderness: Francisco Mancebo. Once a top Tour de France contender back in the dark doping days, the Spaniard has become the ultimate cycling wanderer. He fled to the United States and spend several years winning every GC race there, against lesser competition in smaller races with little prestige compared to […]

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Van Garderen needs new motor-pace pal.

  Two biggest stories in cycling right now, off-season, November 28th. First, Astana is toxic. Second. Lance Armstrong is motor-pacing Tejay van Garderen. While the Lance story doesn’t carry the shock and disgust of Astana’s whopping five doping cases (2 WorldTour, 3 Conti), there’s definitely surprise. According to a Danish journalist interviewing Armstrong at his […]

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Vino’s damage control at Astana.

  After a whopping and unprecedented five doping cases in the Astana WorldTour and Continental team, head man Alexander Vinokourov has been doing serious damage control. It’s pretty much a 24 hour a day job at this point. What’s interesting is his attempt to distance his WorldTour squad, home of Tour de France winner Vincenzo […]

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Quintana & Valverde sing “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.

  It was bound to happen, given the circumstances. After teammates Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde attended a Jack Johnson concert in Pamplona, Spain, the two stated that they are “better together,” The two stars at Movistar are both fans of Johnson and have decided that his popular song “Better Together” will be their inspirational […]

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Astana dope cases up to four. Who’s next?

After the fourth — count ‘em — fourth doping case at Astana in three months, the team issued yet another statement that they were officially “shocked and disappointed by the news.” Hmm, doesn’t the shock wear off with simple repetition? To be generous, maybe Astana was shocked after the first doping offense and maybe surprised […]

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Sammy Sanchez. Was it really his decision to leave BMC?

  We’re wondering just what the Hell happened to Sammy Sanchez at BMC? After he spent many months last year scrambling for a team (a la Chris Horner) he finally inked a one year deal with BMC. Based on some results and Sammy’s high degree of happiness there and what we assumed was a positive […]

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Sky’s Nathan Earle. A touchy-feely calendar.

Is Team Sky using the Brad Wiggins methodology for setting up race calendars for the team? When you think Sky, you think top down, benevolent dictators, sports science, by the numbers, data driven, everything quantified. As in, we decided you’re doing these races in March and these races in July. Now get on the Death […]

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Creed and Smart-Stop. Super Hot strategy.

  Racing style. Who hasn’t read the quotes for years, repeated by riders and team directors and fans — the racing is formulaic, robotic, nobody takes a risk, everyone follows wheels, tactics are predictable, no caution to wind, goddamn race radios, nothing happens until the final climb. That may apply to many WorldTour and Pro […]

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Farrar a classics man at MTN-Qhubeka. Deju vu.

Brian Smith over at MTN-Qhubeka was talking the other day about how his team would get Farrah, Goss and Boasson Hagen back on track. The strategy, at least for Goss and Boasson Hagen, comes down to not being Orica-Green Edge and Sky. Well, that seems easy. No coaching or resources required. Just don’t put the […]

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