Wednesday Shorts

January 14, 2015

ASO have announced the wildcard invitations for Paris-Nice, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. No surprises: as predicted it’s Bora-Argon 18, Bretagne-Séché, Cofidis, Europcar and MTN-Qhubeka with Bora’s case strengthened by confirmation of the recent ARD broadcast deal. In times past wildcards had an exclusive element, to invite one team was to […]

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10 Predictions for 2015

January 13, 2015

Cycling’s never a predictable sport, it can’t be in a contest where 200 riders can start together as opposed to the binary contests in other sports between two teams or just two players. Add to this the varied of geography, extreme weather and other variables and picking winners is difficult. Plus there’s all the activity […]

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Roads to Ride: Monte Zoncolan

January 11, 2015

For decades the Giro visited its classic climbs. For good reason as the Stelvio, Pordoi and Gavia are as difficult as they are beautiful. But it wasn’t enough for some and the hunt was on for new challenges and in 2003 the Giro tackled Monte Zoncolan. Viewed from afar it’s just 10km long and only […]

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Supporter Caps

January 10, 2015

Want to support this site? Buying a cap helps keep things on the road. They’re in stock, in two sizes, in black or white and available from the prendas.co.uk shop. A big thanks or, more appropriately, “chapeau” to all those who have bought one or even several, it’s much appreciated.

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2015 Pro Team Bikes

January 9, 2015

Here is the list of who is riding what in 2015. You’ll find all the pro team bikes for the 17 World Tour teams and the 19 Pro Continental teams.

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New UCI Points System for 2015

January 8, 2015

The UCI have brought out a new system of points and rankings for 2015. The main ranking is the “UCI World Classification”, a rolling ranking of riders of all categories based on performances over the previous 52 weeks as opposed to each season or calendar year. Within this there are big changes to the allocation […]

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Germany Comes in From The Cold

January 7, 2015

Giant-Alpecin launched the team for 2015 today. We know the sponsors, we know the riders, so what’s new? Well the location was telling, they used the French embassy in Berlin. While most teams book a hotel or a theatre this one went for the grandiose symbolism of diplomacy and Franco-German unity. This is about much […]

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2015 World Tour Rider Age and Nationality

January 6, 2015

There are 474 riders from 41 nations registered with the 17 UCI World Tour teams for 2015. The average age of a rider is 28 years and 3 months. The oldest rider is the 40 year-old Matteo Tosatto (Tinkoff-Saxo) who is pictured above and just seven years younger than his boss Oleg Tinkov. Lampre-Merida’s Colombian […]

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Happy New WADA Code

January 5, 2015

A new year and it’s straight into the heavy stuff with the revised WADA Code for 2015. It brings stronger anti-doping rules, like a four year ban, and is now in effect. Here’s a summary of the changes.

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Film Review: Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert

January 4, 2015

“The loser” is a regular in comedy films yet celebrated in cycling where the lanterne rouge can be a hero. Add on scenes from retro Belgium circa 1970 and insert a comic actor with good timing and an elastic face and things get better. This Belgium film dates from 2001 and is widely available, complete […]

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