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  • Even more silly WorldTour team rumors.

    Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-Quickstep are merging into one soul-crushing behemoth that will destroy pro cycling. Well, maybe. Apple CEO and cycling fan Tim Cook chit chats with Jumbo boss Richard Plugge, setting off talk of a possible Apple-Visma formation. Well, maybe. It's that time of year for the outlandish, the absurd, the improbable and the ridiculous. The rumors are mostly fabrications [...]

  • Ineos Genadiers: shopping for relevance

    How the mighty have free-fallen. Remember how just three or four years ago, Ineos Grenadiers were the most dominant stage race team in pro cycling? They had seamlessly transitioned from Tour winner Bradley Wiggins to four time Tour winner Chris Froome and then, as Froome began his fade, in pedaled Egan Bernal to win his first Tour in 2019. It [...]

  • Patrick Lefevere Jumbo rider diss preview

    Rumors that the world's most powerful pro cycling team Jumbo Visma might merge with Patrick Lefevere's Soudal-Quickstep squad opens up new comedy scenarios. Patrick Lefevere is well-known for belittling and dissing his riders in public if he feels they merit the abuse or if Lefevere needs some media attention. In the past he's called out former world champion Julian Alaphilippe [...]

Did social media save Kuss’ red jersey?

Should Sepp Kuss win the Vuelta a Espana, he can give a special thanks to rival Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) and to social media. They were truly his best allies. Landa helped Kuss save precious time to keep his red jersey when big-star teammates Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard attacked him on the Angliru. The American managed to keep the [...]

September 14th, 2023|

Happy birthday, from your frenemies.

Happy birthday Sepp Kuss!!! Your good friends and teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic have a special gift for you on your special day, when you're oh-so close to winning your first grand tour. Can you guess what it is? They're going to drop you on L'Angliru and try to take the red jersey off your back for the second [...]

September 13th, 2023|

The Shadow

Can a shadow win the Vuelta a Espana? After today's stage 16 summit finish to Bejes, the answer appears to be no, highly unlikely. It was a surprise and not a surprise when Jonas Vingegaard (3rd on GC) attacked race leader and teammate Sepp Kuss at 3.8 kilometers from the finish. So much for the idea he'd support his loyal [...]

September 12th, 2023|

Jumbo-Visma cannibalism?

Will Jumbo-Visma devour one of their own? After a week of debate, most cycling experts seem to think it's unlikely Jonas Vingegaard or Primoz Roglic would attack their own teammate in order to win the Vuelta a Espana for themselves. The argument is based on the idea that Kuss has been instrumental in helping them win six grand tours. Would [...]

September 11th, 2023|

Jumbo-Visma slams door shut

Who besides Jumbo Visma now has a shot at winning the Vuelta a Espana? Nobody. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quickstep) lost all hope in a shocking jour sans on the Cold d'Aubisque, losing about 30 minutes to the stage winner Jonas Vingegaard. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) also lost several minutes, falling all the way to 10th on GC, 8:39 behind. [...]

September 8th, 2023|

A GC silence

The hilltop finish at La Laguna Negra was supposed to be a launchpad for a GC climber. There was supposed to be fireworks, guys shooting off the front, riders just outside the top ten desperately trying to break in, Remco or Roglic attacking the final kilometer or final 500 meters, looking for a 30 second gap. None of that happened. [...]

September 6th, 2023|
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