Moscon. A salbutamol pawn?

Sky to trade Moscon for Froome in salbutamol case?

First there was the news that Chris Froome’s legal team had decided on the wacky “malfunctioning kidney” defense. Now, things may become even stranger than that fiction. The faulty kidney gambit is a unique scientific explanation for taking double the legally allowed limit of the asthma medication salbutamol. Now it seems that Froome’s legal team […]

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Looks bold, feels helpless.

Lappartient. When hope is hopeless.

Optimism is an opiate. There’s a limit to optimism. New UCI president David Lappartient is hopeful about a timely resolution to Chris Froome’s doping violation. In a normal universe and ordinary sport, eight months would seem to be plenty of time to decide Froome’s fate – innocent or guilty – before the start of the […]

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A win and loss on the same day

Porte wins and loses on Willunga

It’s a BMC water bottle half-full, half-empty empty scenario. BMC captain Riche Porte won big atop the Willunga summit finish on stage five of the Santos Tour Down Under. He attacked at exactly the same place he always attacks, on a steep section 1.5 kilometers from the top. Pushing over 700 watts on a gradient […]

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Ochre

Sagan drops climbers at summit.

At the top of the Norton Summit on stage four of the Tour Down Under, every climber and puncheur in the race knew they were screwed. Most all the sprinters were gone, shot out the back, trying to keep cool in the gruppetto, but not the three-time and reigning Wold Champion Peter Sagan of Bora […]

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Botched

Ewan stuffs it up in sprint at Tour Down Under

Anatomy of a botched sprint. Ripping into Victor Harbor, final 300 meters, in perfect position behind his readout man Alex Edmondson, Tour Down Under race leader Caleb Ewan gets too clever. He looks back and sees a gap open up behind with Bora Handgrophe’s Daniel Oss unable to hold the wheel. Ewan defies the win in […]

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Erases rainbow

Ewan beats Rainbow in Tour Down Under

Caleb Ewan waited for the rainbow. That’s a difficult thing to accomplish when you’re young and impetuous and incredibly fast. On stage two of the Tour Down Under, Ewan put to use a delicate skill that most young sprinters are unfamiliar with: patience. After three 21k finishing circuits, he held his fire and waited until […]

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Greipel. Perhaps more wins this year?

Greipel wins TDU stage one. No Groenewegen

When we last saw Andre Greipel he was staggering his way through the Tour de France, with zero stage wins to his credit. In his final shot on the Champs Elysees in Paris, he blew his timing yet again and let a 24 year old kid from LottoNL-Jumbo named Jumbo Dylan Groenewegen out-sprint him and […]

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The Italian job

Gaviria. Killer Colombian.

“A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people,[1] usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification.” — wikipedia “A serial killer,” says Quick-Step Floors team manager Patrick Lefevere of his talented  Colombian sprinter Fernando Garavia. A bit of drama and hyperbole from Lefevere and we can safely throw out the murders and “abnormal […]

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Landa. Ready to share?

Landa confirms Tour, sets up Movistar cage match

In this corner, in Movistar kit, at 5’8″ and 60 kilos, Spain’s hero and Basque climber, Mikel Landa. In the other corner, also in Movistar colors, the hope of Colombia and all of South America, at 5’6″ and 56 kilos soaking wet, Nairo Quintana. This will be a 21 stage fight and the winner will […]

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Anyone on form? Anyone?

Entire pro peloton downplays form ahead of Tour Down Under

As the 2018 road race season gets ready to launch, the message from the entire professional peloton is unanimous: nobody has any real, meaningful form. World Champions in rainbow stripes, superstars with multiple grand tour victories, classics winners, elite sprinters, stage winners, time trial specialists and even pack-filler domestiques all announced to the media that […]

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