The World Tour’s Shortage of Teams

August 15, 2014

Each passing day brings a Cannondale rider signing for new team. Yesterday saw Fabio Sabatini heading off to OPQS for 2015. If the riders are hopefully finding work, the staff might not have it so easy. It marks the end of the team which began as Liquigas in 1999, starting out with black kit but […]

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Team Victory Rankings

August 14, 2014

August is the busiest month of the year with more days of racing than in April and it’s hard to stop and count the wins but today is as good as any. Plus if things keep up the chart will get even more skewed by OPQS’s win rate.

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Vuelta iCal

August 13, 2014

D-10 to the start of the Vuelta a España. Here’s the calendar of the Vuelta stages for your electronic diary. What started out as a useful tool proves to be a very popular download.

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World Championships Road Race Qualification

August 12, 2014

Watching bike races in August feels like being in a seaside resort out of season because after the Tour everything feels slower, quieter, smaller. There’s also a lack of a story, riders are racing to win each day but it’s hard to judge their efforts against a wider criterion or a bigger upcoming goal. Even […]

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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 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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