The Moment The Race Was Won: Paris-Tours

October 12, 2014

When was the race won? In the final sprint for the literal explanation but Thomas Voeckler was easily beaten. He went into the finish with no theatrics, stunts or even facial expressions. The image above shows the Europcar rider and Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise racing with less than 10km to go. Voeckler is hunched […]

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Paris-Tours Preview

October 12, 2014

Autumn’s here and with it, the last televised race of the year. Labelled “the sprinters’ classic”, Paris-Tours might have a flat route but most of the winners in recent years have come from breakaways thanks to attacks launched late in the race. Last year’s race was an exception of sorts with a bunch sprint but […]

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Roads to Ride: The Colle delle Finestre

October 11, 2014

The Giro’s route for 2015 was announced earlier this week and one highlight is the Colle delle Finestre, the highest point of the 2015 Giro and unpaved too. What’s it like to ride?

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Friday Shorts

October 10, 2014

Andy Shleck is alive and well. A lot of the coverage of his retirement has resembled an obituary, with sorrow at his sudden departure, talk of a promising career that stopped too early and people sharing fond memories. Apart from a knee that can’t take the demands of pro cycling – the doctors said if […]

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Supporter Caps

October 9, 2014

The supporter caps are back in stock and now available in black or white and in two sizes. To get your hands on one visit the prendas.co.uk shop.

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Oleg Tinkov’s Indecent Proposal

October 9, 2014

Oleg Tinkov’s offer of a million Euros to ride all three grand tours has grabbed a lot of attention. It sounds good but anyone brave enough to take up the challenge could well finish the year out of pocket. It’s madness… but he does have a point.

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2015 Team Q&A

October 8, 2014

It’s official: 17 Teams are chasing 18 World Tour Places as the likes of IAM Cycling and MTN-Qhubeka prefer, for now, to stay in cycling’s second division knowing they’ll collect plenty of wildcard invitations. No surprises but several reader questions by email and Twitter following today’s announcement. Here’s a Q&A on the teams, timing and […]

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Astana’s Timely Self-Suspension

October 7, 2014

“Our image is tarnished because of these isolated incidents” – Dimitri Fonfonov, Astana DS in L’Equipe Two doping cases are dreadful news for a team but to make matters worse the Astana team now misses the final races of the year. This self-suspension is itself risks being tarnished if the team management has been orchestrating […]

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2015 Giro Route

October 6, 2014

The 2015 Giro d’Italia will take place from May 9 – 31. With fewer summit finishes and time trial stages it offers a varied route with the best saved for last. Here’s a look at the route, the early contenders and some more thoughts.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Il Lombardia

October 5, 2014

Il Lombardia is one of the world’s longest bike races but the new course, much like the old course, concentrates the action on the final climb just minutes before the finish. The race sped through the citadel of Bergamo Alta where a select group of nine formed but it wasn’t until the final 500 metres […]

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