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  • Jasper Philipsen is having a fab time. The Champ on Les Champs

    Moments after Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) blew away the field to win solo -- yes, by himself, all alone in Paris, no other sprinters in camera view, he came to a euphoric stop. His teammates swarmed him, smacked him on the back, shouted congrats and -- was it Jasper himself? --who summed up the dramatic movement, winning the sprinter's Super Bowl, on [...]

  • Jumbo-Visma, popping bottles

    Things around the dinner table are going to be pretty fab at the Jumbo Visma hotel. The champagne will flow, desserts will be indulged in, someone may even order a Hamburger American with fries. Probably the Colorado climber, Sepp Kuss -- his work is done, time to put on a kilo of fun. It's been an incredible Tour de France. [...]

  • Vingegaard and Pogacar crash and call truce in Tour de France.

    Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar have battled each other up the Alps and Pyrenean mountains, trading blows, attacking and defending, two evenly matched riders, head and shoulders above everyone else in the race.  Today, they fought each other down the last mountain. Still trailing Vingegaard by over two minutes and almost to the hors category Hautacam, the final climb of [...]

Jumbo-size bad day for Jumbo Visma and Vingegaard

Fortunately for race leader Jonas Vingegaard, he was not injured in his crash today on stage 15. However, he did have a bad time, what the French call a Jour Sans, a day without. No, he didn't not lose any of his 2:22 lead over Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) but he did lose two key mountain domestiques, with the [...]

July 17th, 2022|

Mads Pedersen. Dangerous snacks and attacks in Tour de France.

The dynamics, strategy and experience that goes into a winning move from a breakaway are complex and fluid. There's a whole menu that includes your assessment of the other riders' energy levels, their track record of strengths and weaknesses, the advantages and disadvantages of the race course in those final kilometers, the GC and sprint teams' agendas back behind you, [...]

July 15th, 2022|

Pogacar and Vingegaard in stalemate on Alpe d’Huez

A few aggressive probes by Pogacar that came to nothing. Vingegaard in yellow happy to follow the wheel. The two men went up the Alpe d'Huez together and finished together, no day of revenge for Pogacar, no time clawed back. The skeletal Dane looks more and more like Chris Froome in his prime, minus the ungainly style on the bike [...]

July 14th, 2022|

Vingegaard stuns Pogacar to take massive time on Granon summit.

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) is often spoken of as invincible, dominant, a generational talent, the second coming of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx. He is all those things except today, for five horrendous kilometers, on the hot and brutal climb up the Col du Granon. Today he was in difficulty, suddenly weak, all alone and very much human. He lost his [...]

July 13th, 2022|

Magnus Cort, King of Denmark, does it again in France

Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) has already had the greatest athletic experience he will ever have on a bike. With the 2022, Tour de France beginning in his home country, Cort put on a dazzling show in front of millions of adoring fans that lined every single road. Right from the gun on stage 2, he went on the attack for [...]

July 12th, 2022|

Pogacar schools rivals on La Super Planche des Belles Filles

This was the day that all the skinny climbers had been waiting for. The first uphill finish mountain stage of this year's Tour de France, La Super Planche des Belles Filles. The first chance race up steep gradients and perhaps put a dent in Tadej Pogacar's invincibility. Sadly, that didn't exactly happen. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) did attack the Slovenian [...]

July 8th, 2022|
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