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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 [...]

Kuss has great time at time trial.

Sepp Kuss was supposed to come back to earth today. A climber on a pan flat time trial course, there was a high probability he'd lose two minutes, easy. Even though he was wearing the red jersey of race leader, the world order would be restored and Kuss would return to his customary role as a mountain domestique. As Clint [...]

September 5th, 2023|

Fireworks and stalemates

A confusing, exciting stage. Up front in the eight man break, things were dramatic. At the base of the final climb, the Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca, they had five minutes on the red jersey group. Victory would clearly go to one of them. It turned out to be Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) who jumped away and held off Matteo Sobrero [...]

September 3rd, 2023|

Evenepoel back in Vuelta GC battle, for now.

Remco Evenepoel is back, that's relatively speaking. After losing roughly 30 seconds yesterday to the Jumbo-Visma three-headed monster during his jour sans on stage seven, the reigning Vuelta champion was back in control. Control meaning he matched all the accelerations from Jonas Vingegaard, Primoz Roglic and Sepp Kuss. Nothing amazing happened, nothing catastrophic happened. In the final 200 meter sprint, [...]

September 2nd, 2023|

Soupe has the juice

Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergies) pulled a wild upset in stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana. The 35 year sprinter wasn't on anybody's list of potential winners, contenders or even dark horses. I doubt Monsieur Soupe woke up this morning, thinking, this is my stage, I shall show Kaden Groves who is boss. "I didn't think it was possible to win [...]

September 1st, 2023|

Sepp Kuss, champagne supernova

The man was thirsty, ok? Sepp Kuss was thrilled to win the Vuelta a Espana stage up the brutal Pico del Buitre climb. He was over-joyed, he was ecstatic, he was bubbly. Actually, extremely bubbly. Accepting the magnum of champagne awarded to the stage winner, Kuss proceeded to show everyone in the peloton how to par-tay. After the usual spraying of [...]

September 1st, 2023|

Jumbo-Visma, the Vuelta’s 3 headed monster

A super day for the super climbing domestique. Sepp Kuss attacked with three kilometers remaining on the Pico del Buitre to take a solo victory up at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre. Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) and Romain Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich) finished just behind with Martinez taking over the red jersey of race leader. It was a dramatic day of racing as Jumbo-Visma [...]

August 31st, 2023|
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