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  • Rohan Dennis joins Ineos, upset with un-aerodyanmic scarf.

    Rohan Dennis left his Bahrain-Merida squad last season because he was apparently upset that the racing equipment and team clothing didn't met his obsessively high standards. The current World Champion in the Time Trial has joined Team Ineos this season but has already endured a frustrating moment. While attending the OGC Nice versus Metz soccer match, Dennis was unhappy with [...]

  • NTT Pro Cycling to replace Rolf Aldag with Algorithm

    Has Performance Director Rolf Aldag been replaced by a mathematical algorithm? Is the experienced German, who has guided top riders at Garmin, BMC Racing and Dimension Data, another victim of artificial intelligence? By all appearances, the sad answer is yes. Team Dimension Data has now rebranded as NTT Pro Cycling and along with the new name and kit is a [...]

  • Bernal and Tour de France. Is Froome his Badger?

    Three-time Tour de France champion Greg Lemond has some pointed advice for Egan Bernal. "Please, Chris Froome is not your friend. And the moment that you give a victory away to him, it will be a loss for his career and his life. Do not do that,” Lemond told VeloNews. Lemond is still suffering major flashbacks and PTSD trauma from [...]

Good news for Ineos: No Bardet or Nibali at Tour

  While four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome continues his rehab from injury, one thing he won't have to worry about are two former Tour rivals. Today, Frenchman Romain Bardet announced he would skip the Tour after six editions to switch things up and ride the Giro d'Italia. Bardet has been second twice in La Grand Boucle but [...]

November 13th, 2019|

Is pro cycling dying in the US?

The wheels are coming off pro cycling in the United States. This week, we learned that the venerable Tour of California is officially taking a one year hiatus. Which is a euphemism for "never coming back in any form we'd recognize." That's an unlucky 13 years running and then not. It would seem that a well-run race in the beautiful [...]

November 7th, 2019|

Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

July 26th, 2019|

Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

July 24th, 2019|

Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

July 21st, 2019|

GC destruction on Tourmalet as Pinot soars to victory

BOOM, went Romain Bardet, BOOM, Adam Yates and BOOM, Nairo Quintana. There was destruction all over the slopes of the fearsome Tourmalet as the Tour de France had its first big summit finish in the Pyrenees. Poor Romain Bardet (AG2R) had another jours sans and really, it's been a Tour sans for the diminutive French climber who has been on [...]

July 20th, 2019|
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