Gazprom-Rusvelo To Ride Giro d’Italia

January 18, 2016

What was it about the team sponsored by a $40 billion company that attracted RCS to give Gazprom-Rusvelo a wildcard for the Giro? You probably can’t name a rider on the Russian team and if you could you’d know they’re not exactly “must have” riders that the Giro needs to send ratings soaring. So the […]

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Tour Down Under Preview

January 15, 2016

The 2016 World Tour begins with the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. This is now a familiar race with habitual finish lines and known climbs but who wins is anyone’s guess given the starting slot on the calendar. Here’s a preview of the race with stage profiles, the contenders and pretenders for stages and the […]

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Wednesday Shorts

January 13, 2016

Is massage a waste of time? No but it may only offer tiny performance gains says a meta analysis of sports science literature.

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Supporter Jerseys, Caps and Socks

January 12, 2016

A reminder that supporter jerseys, caps and socks are available from UK shop Prendas Ciclismo. The price is £55 (roughly $80 / €73) plus postage. The jerseys are made by Santini and the Prendas website has all the info with details on sizing and more.

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Neo-Pros to Watch for 2016

January 11, 2016

After last week’s Riders to Watch for 2016, here is a selection of neo-pros to introduce. Previous picks have included several second year pros but this year’s intake seems so promising that all the names below are novices. Here’s a look at some promising riders with big results, fat contracts and some musical talents.

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Roads to Ride – La Madone d’Utelle

January 9, 2016

An isolated mountain road normally used by hikers and shepherds this climb will be the crucial summit finish for the sixth stage of Paris-Nice. It’s new in a race but a gem for tourists and amateurs out training.

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Riders to Watch for 2016

January 8, 2016

Here’s a selection of ten established riders to watch in the coming season. Some stand on the cusp of a big win, some face challenges on the road and others face new challenges like leadership and cohabitation with new team mates.

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2016 Pro Team Bikes

January 6, 2016

Here is the list of who is riding what in 2016. You’ll find all the pro team bikes for the 18 World Tour teams and the 23 Pro Continental teams. As usual it’s a mixed story with many top teams using the mix-and-match approach to parts in order to accommodate more paying sponsors.

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New UCI Rankings System

January 2, 2016

Who is the better rider, Peter Sagan or Alejandro Valverde? It’s topic for a café chat but they can and are ranked arithmetically by the UCI and Valverde topped the rankings for 2015. Now cycling’s governing body is launching a new rankings system f0r 2016. Released by stealth with a Christmas Eve press release it’s […]

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2016 Race Calendar

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year, another lap around the sun. The racing season is only two weeks away with the Tour Femenino de San Luis starting things of and  then the men begin with the Tour de San Luis and Tropicale Amissa Bongo both commencing one day ahead of the Tour Down Under. Here’s the 2016 pro […]

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