Alberto questions Alejandro

Valverde’s tactics disappoint Contador.

It’s a new season of pro cycling and once again a familiar topic rears its sweaty head: the race tactics of Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde. Once again, a rival openly questioned Valverde’s assessment of how best to race. In this case it was Spaniard Alberto Contador, who lamented that Valverde refused to ride with him in […]

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Knog marketing genius. Bike locks, cocks & cowboys

We’ve written about Knog, the cool Aussie bike light and lock company before. They’re not afraid to have fun with their marketing, let the imagination run rampant and have a rockin’ good time. Two years ago they did a hilarious riff on an exposé of their R&D lab where they were carrying out dissections of bike lights […]

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Riche Contador or Alberto Porte?

Finding another Alberto. Is Porte ready for improv?

The Cyclingtips’ conversation with Nicolas Roche of BMC was yet another reminder that pros think only an aggressive and unpredictable rider like Alberto Contador could potentially beat Sky’s Chris Froome in the Tour de France. Only trouble is that Alberto is past his prime, not mentally but perhaps physically. He still wants to throw out […]

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Wind is my friend.

Quintana’s windy course to Tour de France victory.

According to Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué, Nairo Quintana will not win the Giro d’Italia or Tour de France unless the little climber masters the windy, flat stages of the Abu Dhabi Tour. There is something hilarious and ironic about that. Does Chris Froome have to ride Paris-Roubaix to win the Tour de France? Does Mark Cavendish have […]

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Thanks for the Fan Fit.

Crowd-sourcing pro riders’ bike fit.

It’s a brave new world of bike fit, folks. While all pro cycling teams have sophisticated methods of deterring the optimal bike fit, in the near future this may become unnecessary as fans watching on TV now take over the role of dialing in a riders’ position on the bike. This week in the Tour of […]

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Grivko wants a piece of Kittel? Really?

Grivko punches Kittel. Run for your life!!!!

On stage 3 of the Dubai Tour, we learned a few crucial things about Astana’s Andriy Grivko. He’s volatile, crazy, has a death wish and is unable to do the smart thing in a bar fight — find someone your own size to sucker punch. Marcel Kittel is a massive, muscled six-foot-two and 190 pounds. If you’re going […]

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The new darling

Bardet the new Pinot

Au revoir Thibaut Pinot. One darling out, another darling in. Such is the fickle nature of sport and fame and click bait sports news cycles. A few short seasons ago, coming off Pinot’s podium performance in the 2014 Tour de France, the French hopped on the bandwagon and christened him a future winner of Le Grand Shindig. Flame-out […]

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Twisted Spoke at 2016 TOC

Tour of California route announced. Thrills, excitement, repetition.

Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California have just announced the route for the 2017 race. It’s the Tour of California and we live in California and we’ve attended pretty much every stage for the last six editions so we’re pretty excited … and yet … a little underwhelmed? On first impression and memory, the new route […]

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Double tired

Quintana and the Giro-Tour double. Double trouble.

Cycling Weekly made their 2017 predictions and numbers uno was Quintana’s foolish Giro-Tour double. In their words, “Should he follow through on his plans, the narrative of 2017 virtually writes itself – Quintana to win the Giro, and Froome to win the Tour.” Is that too harsh on señor Quintana, a kind, humble and ambitious […]

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Kitsbow bib

Kitsbow mountain bike apparel says hello to road.

Kitsbow designs and manufactures very cool, high-end mountain bike apparel. Based in Northern California, they’ve carved out a niche based on craft, thoughtful detailing, superb technical fabrics and smart writing and photography. In short, over the last few years they’ve built a strong brand and a strong following. They’re a wise template for any company […]

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