Last Chance for The Sprinters

March 19, 2015

Sunday’s Milan-Sanremo will use the Cipressa and Poggio climbs. Once a novelty and now a tradition they help spice up the finish, scalable for some sprinters but hard enough to ensure suspense until the very end of the longest one day on the pro calendar. Over the years the race has added extra climbs to […]

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Coppi, Coffee, The Past and The Present

March 18, 2015

As races go Milan-Sanremo has created many legends and myths. Eugène Christophe’s win in 1910 came after 185 riders abandoned before the race had even started, so grim were the conditions. There’s the emergence of Eddy Merckx who won the race for the first time aged 20. Sean Kelly’s descent off the Poggio rates as […]

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Tirreno-Adriatico

March 17, 2015

Nairo Quintana rides solo on the way to the Monte Terminillo, the “fantastic four” reduced to one. This was the moment the race was won.

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Servais Knaven’s Murky Past

March 17, 2015

Two weekends in a row British newspaper The Mail on Sunday (here and here) has delivered up court documents from an old trial in France to embarrass Team Sky with allegations about directeur sportif Servais Knaven’s past.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Paris-Nice

March 15, 2015

Richie Porte rides up the Col d’Eze. If he’d distanced his rivals on the Col de la Croix du Chaubouret midweek, his margin of victory was much greater in Sunday’s Col d’Eze time trial. With the fantastic four and more heading to Italy this was the chance for a new name to emerge, for a […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 7 Preview

March 15, 2015

The opening stages rhymed with siesta only for the race to hit the TV jackpot yesterday with a Frenchman winning the stage and taking the yellow jersey after a very eventful stage. Can Tony Gallopin win Paris-Nice? It’ll be close. Richie Porte is in the prime position to profit but there are four riders within […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 6 Preview

March 14, 2015

Look closely at the image above and Richie Porte’s marking Michał Kwiatkowski. With just one second separating Michał Kwiatkowski and Richie Porte this will be a hard day for Team Sky and Etixx-Quickstep because as close as the gap between the two is, there are 20 riders within 90 seconds on GC. Can they control […]

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No More Mechanics On The Move

March 13, 2015

A short piece to mark a change in the sport. The UCI are clamping down on mechanics leaning out of car windows to service riders in a races. It’s been such a famous image from many races and now it’s going away for good. It’ll have tactical consequences too.

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Paris-Nice Stage 5 Preview

March 13, 2015

Sprint or breakaway? Today’s stage is a scenic ride and a gourmet’s delight with the finish in Rasteau, famous for its wines. The race has come alive with Michał Kwiatkowski leading Richie Porte by just one second. Today’s likely to see others in action before a nervous weekend spent sprinting for time bonuses and the […]

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March 12, 2015

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