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BMC’s Stetina. Tour of California as self-discovery.

  Peter Stetina hasn’t ridden the Tour of California since back in 2010 but the three year absence really doesn’t change much. What has changed significantly is Stetina himself. Back then he was a Garmin support rider for Dave Zabriskie’s bid to win the overall but this year he has a fundamentally new role: GC […]

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Giro d’Italia. Old versus new.

  Nairo to win Giro? It’s an odd Giro d’Italia. The Italian grand tour starts on the narrow, rainy roads of Ireland and a few GC riders may be down and out before they get to the actual Giro country. Crash out, have a nice Irish beer and sing a few sad songs in the […]

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Sagan versus Cavendish in Tour of California.

The Manxman man cometh, the Fastvakian already here. Yes, Mark Cavendish, the second fastest sprinter in the world after Marcel Kittel, heads to California to take on Peter Sagan at the Tour of California. This should prove one of the big highlights of the Cali show. Sagan practically owns California with a whopping ten stage […]

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Cavendish in Turkey. Ungrade time?

  The Tour of Turkey, whatever its merits or detractions, is forever classified as one of those “shit small races.” That’s the caustic encapsulation that the Maxman gave Turkey four years ago when he was discussing his rival Andre Griepel. It was Cavendish’s contention that the German wasn’t anywhere near his speed and would only […]

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Lemond beats Armstrong by 2 seconds in fixing flat.

  Lance Armstrong and Greg Lemond are once again locked in furious battle. This time, it’s not about doping or deceit or intimidation but rather, who can change a flat tire faster. A few weeks ago, in an Outside Magazine How-To video, Armstrong, the former winner of seven Tour de France titles, clocked a time […]

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Froome to Romandie loaded with questions.

Fragile Froome We’re at 67 days from the Yorkshire start of the 2014 Tour de France, not even officially into May, and Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are rubbing their hands in feverish anticipation. They think Chris Froome is off his game. They think he’s vulnerable and ripe for a beating. For the first time […]

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege. And it’s ….

    Sizing up Liege-Bastogne-Liege. First, Alejandro Valverde, who according to post Flèche news, got a few boos stuck in with the louder cheers on his victory. He won’t ever apologize for Puerto and won’t even write a disappointed letter like Vino did after he won LBL and some people weren’t happy. Oh well. The […]

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Evans heads to Giro d’Italia, older and ….

Cadel Evans is messing with my head and may insist on embarrassing me. Damn that aging Aussi! He’s just won the overall in the Giro Del Trentino which sets him up with confidence and form for his number one priority of the season: the Giro d’Italia. I keep asking the question “How can a 37 […]

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Andy Schleck. Out of Ardennes, out of chances?

Has Andy Schleck become hors comprehension? With his latest injury — a knee in the Amstel Gold race this last weekend — Andy Schleck has indeed fallen again, lower this time, and further from his distant goals. It’s hard to read Schleck the Younger. He’s a personable guy, lovable even, and like anyone with an […]

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