Nudge Theory and Tramadol

Friday, 13 October 2017

The MPCC group has called on WADA to ban Tramadol and to impose stricter regulations of corticosteroids in an open letter. The idea is noble but the method of an open letter seems fruitless. What if cycling’s stakeholders could be “nudged” into adopting these measures? This week saw Richard Thaler win the Nobel Memorial prize for economics for his ideas on prompting behavioural changes and maybe there are lessons that can be applied to the pro peloton.

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2018 Pro Cycling Calendar

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Here’s the 2018 pro cycling calendar for your organiser, phone or computer diary. All of the major UCI men’s and women’s pro races around the world are included and below there’s a quick explainer on how to subscribe, the meaning of the UCI labels and more.

The 2018 calendar is much like the 2017 version but there are a few changes and differences and there will be a closer look at the significance of this sometime soon. In the meantime, fill your diaries…

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Supporter Kit

Monday, 9 October 2017

Supporter t-shirt

A reminder to readers that you can get some gear and support this blog at the same time. There are t-shirts, jerseys and socks.

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The Moment Il Lombardia Was Won

October 8, 2017

Across northern Italy it’s been vendemmia time, the grape harvest. This time Vincenzo Nibali picked, pressed and bottled Thibaut Pinot to win the tour of Lombardy, reeling in the Frenchman on the climb to Civiglio and dropping him on the descent to ride solo into Como. It was Nibali’s second win in the race and […]

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Paris-Tours Preview

October 8, 2017

Just as the last remaining sunflowers await harvest there’s one more classic at stake. A classic with a small “c”, Paris-Tours has a long history and some big winners but doesn’t enjoy the same status today sitting outside of the UCI’s World Tour. Nevermind the UCI’s label this race consistently offers a lively finale, a […]

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Il Lombardia Preview

October 6, 2017

Leaves are falling all around and a weekend of classics gets under way with Il Lombardia this Saturday and Paris-Tours on Sunday, a final hurrah for the 2017 season. This year’s route reverts to a recent formula with steep climbs to tilt the race to the climbers.

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Roads to Ride: The Muro di Sormano

October 5, 2017

Once a wall that was so steep it was dropped from the Tour of Lombardy. Now it’s back and part road, part architectural installation and billed as the world’s toughest cycle path.

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The Finances of Team Sky

September 28, 2017

Team Sky’s accounts for the year ending 2016 are out and they’re bigger than ever, the team budget increased by 27% for the year and Sky’s title sponsorship payment by 50%. Here’s a look at their budget, spending, wage bill and more.

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Tuesday Shorts

September 26, 2017

A look at a few stories and issues in and around the sport this week, from Bergen to beards.

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The Moment The World Championships Were Won

September 25, 2017

267.5km and a repeat win for Peter Sagan. He bided his time launched a long sprint and timed his throw to the line to win by centimetres. This was a win earned in the final seconds but also built on the foundation of recent years. With two titles already there was no need to gamble […]

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