Twisted Spoke Homepage2019-03-13T12:18:57-07:00
  • Winter riding in the mountains. Thoughts, workarounds.

    For thirty years I’ve been extremely fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where, thanks to the mild weather, I could bike year round.  That ended, like almost everything in this currently crazy world, in 2020. I’m now a full time resident of Truckee, up in the Sierra mountains of Northern California.  It was a fabulous Summer of [...]

  • Chris Froome, Tour de France underdog?

    Should Chris Froome, a man who has won four Tour de France and two Vuelta a Espana titles and one Giro d’Italia, be considered an underdog? That’s the curious assessment made by Kjell Carlström, who is the general manager of Froome’s new squad Israel Startup Nation. “We're underdogs and that's fine,” he said during an interview with the Cyclingnews podcast. [...]

  • Is it Patrick Lefevere or Patrick LeFever?

    Deceuninck-Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevere is many things.  He’s bombastic, loud, indignant, provocative, outraged, dismissive, hot-headed, funny — and always good for a quotable nugget. In short, we propose a new nickname for Lefevere that captures his social media persona: Patrick LeFever. You know when LeFever’s fingers tap open the twitter app on his phone, that sparks are going to fly. [...]

Gaudu wins in style on stage 11 of Vuelta

Mark Soler (Movistar) and David Gaudu (FDJ) were a study in contrasts as the two men fought for victory on the Alto de la Farrapona. They had dispatched their breakaway companions Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Mark Donovan and Michael Storer (Sunweb) with just over five kilometers to the finish on stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana. From that moment [...]

October 31st, 2020|

Roglic takes third stage win in Vuelta

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had the most power on the short power climb up to Suances, winning stage ten of the Vuelta a Espana and taking the red jersey from Richard Carapaz (Ineos). On a beautiful sunny day of long Fall shadows, Rogic made the victory look painfully easy. While Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) shattered the peloton with one kilometer to go, [...]

October 30th, 2020|

Bennett wins & loses Vuelta stage 9

Bennett first, then not first Argy bargy in Aguilar de Campoo. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) thought he’d pulled out his second stage in this year’s Vuelta a Espana after some aggressive maneuvering in the final kilometer.  Sadly for the Irishman sprinter, he only succeeded in knocked himself off the podium. Judges relegated Bennett’s after reviewing his aggressive shoulder bumps of Emils [...]

October 29th, 2020|

Will Covid-19 derail Froome’s goal of five Tour wins?

Chris Froome is a man driven to secure his legacy as one of the Tour de France greats and join the select club of five-time winners. In May, he'll be 35 years old and time is quickly running out. With a global pandemic shutting down or postponing the Spring classics and Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France may now also [...]

March 24th, 2020|

Locked down and riding in a freezing garage.

  Out my backyard windows there is 6 feet of snow on the deck. There's another six to nine inches on the way. We're on the Covid-19 lockdown here in the Sierra mountains of California. It's been a week now and yup, I'm officially stir crazy. The house is cozy but small and with temps in the low to mid [...]

March 23rd, 2020|

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 [...]

December 9th, 2019|
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