2013 Tour Down Under

Schleck and Horner. Two different Tour riders.

A tale of two tour riders. As the Tour de France draws within two weeks of Le Grand Depart, it’s instructive to look at two vastly different riders who will mostly likely play a role. We’re speaking of Trek’s Andy Schleck and Lampre’s Chris Horner. Both men who have won grand tours — Schleck, a […]

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Froome’s African witch-doctor cleared by WADA.

  First, there was a small furor over Sky’s Chris Froome use of an inhaler during the Dauphiné. An initial news report suggested that the UCI had fast-tracked the approval of corticosteroid prednisolone. Now it appears that WADA has also investigated Froome’s visits to a Kenyan witch doctor who prescribed traditional herbal remedies that may […]

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Levi Leipheimer’s GranFondo vid: Behind the curtain.

  This new video is worth a look. It’s from the folks who put together the GranFondo and there are some interesting quotes from Levi himself.  

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Look back: portraits at the Tour of California

Twisted Spoke claims little photographic skill but we make up for it with the access a press credential grants. So while we don’t have photojournalist equipment or any compositional skills, we do have the opportunity for some good candids. For the 2014 Tour of California, we stuck close to Team Sky as our assignment for […]

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Review: Phil Gaimon’s book Pro Cycling On $10 A Day.

  I’d planned on writing a fabulously complimentary review of Phil Gaimon’s book Pro Cycling On $10 A Day. From Fat kid to Euro Pro but immediately screwed up. You see, I had decided to take detailed notes on the book as I read it, noting the themes, best stories, funniest anecdotes, salient passages. I’d […]

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UCI dope-tests the movie actor playing Lance Armstrong.

  Yesterday in Hollywood, California actor Ben Frazier received a unexpected visit: an anti-doping official from the UCI, the governing body of professional cycling. Frazier is set to play Armstrong in the film based on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, directed by Steven Brears. According to Frazier, the official knocked on his […]

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Phinney refused pain medications during leg surgery.

  Taylor Phinney is known for his strong anti-doping stance, refusing to even take aspirin to mask pain. That hard-core position against medications was taken to new extremes after his horrific crash in the USA Cycling Professional Road Race championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Paramedics rushed Phinney to the emergency room at the Erlandger hospital where doctors immediately operated. […]

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The Wiggins-Froome-Tour debate.

And so it begins again. A restart of the Froome-Wiggins controversy that the media has fanned but as the cliche goes, where there’s smoke, there’s generally fire. Any journalist would tell you, fire is the top story — it’s bright, dramatic and burns people. The inflammatory question — will Wiggins make the Sky Tour de […]

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Interview: Garmin’s Phil Gaimon.

We had a quick chat with Garmin-Sharp’s Phil Gaimon at the Tour of California about his new book Pro Cycling On $10 A Day. We’d just started the hilarious insider look at what it takes to make it as a pro and ripped through the first 150 pages without a break. The stories were that […]

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