A French Shark

Smart shark: Nibali takes Tour over Giro

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Vincenzo Nibali will ride the Tour de France instead of the Giro d’Italia. Now, La Gazzetta Dello Sport is also Italian for “unsubstantiated rumor” but we’ll take it as fact. Nibali decided he’d rather race a potentially Giro-weary Chris Froome in the Tour then take on Froome at the Giro […]

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Thomas. Next Froome victim?

Will Thomas get the same Froome treatment as Porte?

Two news stories today seem connected to me or at least created a connection in my mind. In the first, BMC’s Richie Porte made it clear he’s still angry about what his former Sky captain and once-upon-a-time good friend Chris Froome did to him in the Critérium du Dauphiné What happened in the French one week […]

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Thank you, Northwave

Northwave replaces Sidi for narrow cycling shoes.

Once upon a time Sidi, the venerable Italian brand, was one of the very few offering a high quality narrow cycling shoe — the Genius. It was the only shoe in their entire line of road shoes — and by no means the most flashy in basic black — but for those of us with […]

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Yes, I am memorable.

Sagan wins even when he loses big time.

It’s yet another measure of how Peter Sagan dominates the world of pro cycling. In the 2017 cyclingnews reader poll, Sagan’s historic three-peat in the Men’s World Championship Road race won as Most Memorable moment. Yes, he’s the King of Flow. In a close vote, he beat out the Alberto Contador show in the Vuelta, specifically […]

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Trophy for sale?

Sky buys Giro d’Italia, boosts Froome’s odds of winning.

In an unprecedented move that once again calls into question the competitive balance between Team Sky and the rest of the WorldTour teams, the British squad has purchased a controlling interest in the Giro d’Italia. Terms of the financial arrangement have yet to be announced, but it’s understood that Sky UK Limited has purchased a 51% ownership […]

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Rebellin. Please go! Kids waiting!

Davide Rebellin, job thief.

Some people simply refuse to recognize when it’s time to step aside. The latest insult to succession comes from Davide Rebellin, who at the ripe beyond- retirement age of 46, signed a contract to ride with Continental team Natura4Ever-Sovac for the 2018 season. That means Rebellin now enters his 26th year as a professional cyclist. We’re […]

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Many moon ago, at Le Tour

14 funniest Twisted Spoke posts of 2016-2017

We’d like to think that Twisted Spoke is the funniest blog covering pro cycling. The odds would seem in our favor as Twisted Spoke is also the only cycling blog with a comedic slant. Call it a niche, a small sub-sector of the big racing audience, but we own it. Here are some of what […]

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The beauty shot

Review: Time Xpresso 6 pedals

We pedal in a world dominated by Shimano, Look and Speedplay but is that anyway to go through life on a bike? The Time Xpresso 6 pedals ($175) bring a French spin. They’re distinctively styled, they work in an un-Shimano manner and they perform in a unique way. First, they use what Time calls iClic. […]

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Giro euros?

Giro non-appearance fee for Geraint Thomas?

After Chris Froome’s big surprise announcement he’s riding the Giro d’Italia, rumors quickly surfaced that RCS Sport had agreed to pay Froome and Team Sky an appearance fee of €2 million. Giro d’Italia boss Mauro Vegni insisted this was bullcrap but it did raise a question about another rider on Sky’s roster, the one who’d […]

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Playing the fool?

Froome’s Giro-Tour foolishness.

Most of the cycling world was head-slapped when Chris Froome announced that, counter to all conventional wisdom, he would ride both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France next season. Journalist Caley Fretz nailed it in his commentary over at CyclingTips. His explanation was that either Froome was too greedy or suffering from hubris […]

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