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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    Has Performance Director Rolf Aldag been replaced by a mathematical algorithm?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 [...]

Simon Yates. Climber impersonates sprinter for Tour victory

Simon Yates is well-known as a top climber in the pro peloton. On today's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, he also proved he can play the role of sprinter. The Mitchelton-Scott rider used his legs and his head to outwit breakaway companions Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the race to the finish line. You'd [...]

July 18th, 2019|

Tour de france rest day ruminations

The Massif Central, the middle mountains, have had a massive effect on the Tour de France GC standings. The three stages that ran a diagonal line right to left, angling North to South, have severely dented the podium chances of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and pretty much killed the hopes of Mr. Hard Luck, Richie [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Big boys at Belles Filles

The Planche des Belles Filles promised plenty of drama in this Tour de France. Not the beautiful girls throwing themselves off the mountain to their death to avoid evil mercenaries. No, that was during the Thirty Years War. The modern day drama was the brutal climb up La Planche Des Belles on stage six of the Tour de France. The [...]

July 12th, 2019|

Sagan muscles his way to victory in Colmar.

The phrase Peter Sagan repeats most in his autobiography is a glib encapsulation of his philosophy on racing and life: "Why so serious?" Well, this season things had gotten very serious indeed. He wasn't winning, made little impact in his top objectives, Flanders or Roubaix. His coach Paxti Vila wondered if they'd somehow made a mistake in his training. Sponsors [...]

July 10th, 2019|

Viviani takes first Tour de France stage win in Nancy

Nancy, France, July 9th, 2019 will always be a magical day for Elia Viviani. The Italian sprinter for the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad won his first Tour de France stage today in Nancy, beating Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch sprint. As Viviani admitted a few days ago, a win in the Tour would go along [...]

July 9th, 2019|

Alaphilippe attacks passive peloton and takes yellow

Apparently there was a significant misprint in the Tour de France race book for stage three. What was officially listed as a race day, specifically a 215 kilometer run from Binche to Epernay, was in actual fact a rest day. The entire peloton did indeed leave Binche at the appointed time and head to the champagne region of France but [...]

July 8th, 2019|
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