Giro snow

Giro d’Italia non-neutralized extravaganza.

Why all the polemic? This is Italy so of course they’re a little indifferent to details. The trains run on time in Germany and Japan; in Italy they take a more casual, dolce vita attitude to these things. Ahh, you missed the train? Sit down and have another cappuccino and feast your eyes on all […]

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Wiggins 2014 Tour California

2014 Tour of California: The GC vacuum.

    This is no slight on 2014 Tour of California winner Bradley Wiggins of Sky. He destroyed his rivals in the 20k time trial around Folsom, defended his jersey on the stage up Mount Diablo (despite being isolated in the final 8k) then sealed the overall with a strong front-group ride up to the […]

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Wiggins TOC 2014

Wiggins one stage away from Tour of California GC title.

Sir Brad is the Living Legend, according to the Tour of California race announcer. The knighted one is now one short Thousand Oaks stage away from winning what Sky team manager David Brailsford called their second biggest goal of the season. That puts the Tour of California ahead of the Giro d’Italia where the Sky-minus-Richie […]

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Routley

Tour of California. Sign of clean cycling?

You want clean cycling? Welcome to the 2014 Tour of California, now called the well-scrubbed, organic soap bar extravaganza. Dig it in a love-hippy, revivalist, Greg Lemond born again way. Or just grant me the benefit of the three glasses of wine in Santa Barbara. No, sorry, that’s two blackberry jalapeƱo margaritas and two glasses […]

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Phinney TOC stage 5 BMC

BMC’s Phinney takes stunning solo win in Tour of California.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) is too young and talented to pay attention to odds. Lightening isn’t supposed to strike twice, miracles don’t happen in twos and Las Vegas long shots don’t pay off on consecutive rolls of the dice. Then again, this is a thrilling, unpredictable Tour of California and Phinney went big and bold and […]

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Fave pics from stage 4, Tour of California. GIANT Wiggo face!

                                       

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Jens Voigt TOC 2014 stage 4

Jens Voigt explains sprinter miscalculation in Cambria.

  A break of six Continental and Pro Continental brazenly rips a sprint stage away from Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb. Unless you’re up on your domestic rosters, you might not even know these guys. You can be sure that Omega-Pharma Quickstep, Cannondale and Giant Shimano know their names now. Because they got […]

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Routley TOC 2014 Cambria

Climber stuns WorldTour sprinter squads in Cambria.

In the entire history of the Tour of California there’s never been this kind of shocker. First, a breakaway of six riders went all the way to the line despite not one or two but three powerful WorldTour teams with start sprinters all chasing. Despite Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma-Quickstep) and John Degenkolb […]

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Eastman Bissel TOC 2014

Garmin’s Rohan Dennis wins Diablo, Wiggins rules.

  A crazy exhausting day at the Tour of California, stage three up the long, long, queen stage slog of Mount Diablo. Wiggins looks as smooth and in control as he did in this Tour de France victory two years ago. Pedaling in his fluid, track cyclist style with a maximum of watts, he simply […]

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