Roads to Ride: Monte Serra

August 10, 2014

Most climbs are famous for racing but there are few exceptions where a mountain is better known as a training location. You might think of Mont Teide or the Col de la Madone And here is one of Italy’s asphalt gymnasiums. If it’s famous as testing ground for pro cyclists the reality on a Sunday […]

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Book Review: Climbs and Punishment

August 8, 2014

Last year reporter, blogger and Twitter pundit Felix Lowe rode from Barcelona to Rome as part of a cycling tour designed to copy Hannibal’s attempted march to Rome and he’s now telling the tale in print.

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Thursday Shorts

August 7, 2014

Famous as one of the fastest men in sports Fernando Alonso is proving to be a pedestrian cycling manager. His team is struggling to get going.

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Supporter Caps

August 6, 2014

The supporter caps have arrived… and sold out faster than a rider offered a six figure “loan” from Alexander Vinkourov. Suddenly it all feels more real than tapping away at a keyboard. To get your hands on one visit the prendas.co.uk shop.

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The Finances of Team Sky

August 5, 2014

2013 was a great year for Team Sky on the road and in the accounts department. A second Tour de France win was obvious but behind the scenes they took on board a substantial new sponsor and signed an agreement to fund the team through to the end of 2016.

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The UCI vs Roman Kreuziger

August 4, 2014

The UCI issued a statement on Saturday announcing the provisional suspension of Roman Kreuziger. It’s a big test for the athlete passport system. So far the UCI has won every case it’s launched or asked others to prosecute, including winning appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). We might want the instant verdict […]

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Widening the Transfer Window

August 2, 2014

Yesterday’s look at the 1 August date skimmed over the “rarely used “mid-season transfer window. But later in the day we saw the announcement of Rohan Dennis’s immediate move from Garmin-Sharp to BMC Racing. It’s testimony to sport’s special status that when an employee is allowed to move from one job to another it’s considered […]

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2015 Starts Today

August 1, 2014

Want to see the future? Well today is the day because it marks three futuristic events: rider transfers, team registrations and hiring stagiaires for the rest of the season. The meeting above of Fernando Alonso and Peter Sagan seemed to represent the future but six months later things seem to be turning out quite differently.

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Nicknames

July 31, 2014

The Shark of the Straits. If you followed the Tour de France you’ll have heard or read about Vincenzo Nibali’s nickname, perhaps to the point of exhaustion at the repetition. Such nicknames have a long tradition, they bring a touch of character and caricature as well as a sense of place.

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UCI Annual Report and Financial Accounts

July 30, 2014

Money makes the wheels go round in pro cycling and the governing body has just quietly published its annual report on UCI.ch. Here’s a look at the financial report for the calendar year ending 2013 and the summary take is a steady year.

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