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  • A bridge TT. Lampaert and Uran go down but not out in Tour

    Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) didn't imagine he'd ride a second consecutive time trial on stage two from Roskilde to Nyborg. But thanks to his crash, he was forced to do exactly that. About half way across the 18 kilometer Great Belt Bridge, a touch of wheels brought him crashing down along with teammate and key lead-out man Michael Mørkøv, along with a [...]

  • Nada for Ganna. Lampaert takes first yellow in Tour

    Filippo Ganna was fourth today, which was basically zero. The odds-on favorite and world champion Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) finished the short 13.2 kilometer time trial around Copenhagen in a surprising fourth place.  First, he was bumped down the leaderboard by Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma), then Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) pushed him into third place and finally, the real [...]

  • 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 [...]

Roglic back in red after Vuelta time trial

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) said he did “a nice time trial.” Bit of an understatement there — it was an extremely freaking excellent time trial.  The Slovenian won his fourth stage of this Vuelta a Espana, erased a ten second deficit to race leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadier) and then gained an additional 39 seconds to put himself back in the red [...]

November 3rd, 2020|

Kuss rescues Roglic from deep trouble on Angliru.

Steph Curry, the 3-point mad bomber of the Golden State Warriors, is nicknamed the Baby-Faced Assassin. After watching young Sepp Kuss on the fearsome Angliru, you'd have to call him the baby-faced assassin on a bike. He's a rock star climber and stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana was yet another demonstration of just how valuable he is to [...]

November 1st, 2020|

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|
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