Volta a Catalunya Stage 3 Preview

March 26, 2014

The race enters the Pyrenees for the first mountain stage but the final climb is not fierce. Instead this is a day when the descent could pick the winner because foul weather is forecast and the riders face a long and chilly ride down the top of the Coll de la Creueta in freezing temperatures. […]

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UCI WorldTour Reforms

March 25, 2014

The UCI has announced bold and sweeping reforms to the men’s pro cycling system only they’re inside a PDF newsletter lurking on a quite corner of the UCI website. These build on plans announced last autumn, involve radical change and they are coming faster than expected. Let’s take a look.

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Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 Preview

March 25, 2014

Clear goal-setting by @lukamezgec at February trainingcamp @tgiantshimano. Hard work and focus paid off. #Catalunya. pic.twitter.com/1MUNqiXkPL — Adriaan Helmantel (@a3aanhelmantel) March 24, 2014 Luka Mezgec won yesterday but did he plan for a second stage win? Because today’s stage suits the sprinters as it speeds to Girona.

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Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 Preview

March 24, 2014

I’ll be doing short previews for this races each morning. It’s a great event with a challenging course and, best of all, galactic startlist that seems many big names in action. Here is the Stage 1 preview along with a quick take on route as a whole, the overall contenders and the Daily Diaz reprised […]

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Milan-Sanremo

March 23, 2014

An old route but a new winner as Alexander Kristoff leads the sprint down the finishing straight. This was the moment the race was won.

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Roads to Ride: Passo delle Erbe

March 22, 2014

The Dolomites are part of the Italian Alps and offer plenty of great cycling routes that are rich in race history. This month the site is sponsored by travel company Holimites and speaking to them about the best places to ride in the region I mentioned the usual suspects like the Passo Pordoi, Passo Giau […]

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Milan-Sanremo Preview

March 21, 2014

So much talk about the route and now it’s time to focus on the race. This is the longest event on the calendar and loaded with prestige, history and action. Fate means this Sunday’s edition reverting to a pre-2008 course with neither the new climb of Pompeiana nor Le Mànie. It would be a gift […]

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Thursday Shorts

March 20, 2014

Stick to the road – New UCI TV show – Coaches – No Bruyneel verdict – Classics Countdown The UCI’s quietly issued an update to its “stick to the road rule” but the new wording is even more confusing than the original.

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New Riders and Tomorrow’s Audience

March 20, 2014

Intro: this is a guest piece by Vincent Luyendijk. The blog has often looked at changes in pro cycling and related commercial issues like TV coverage and but what of the audience and the newcomers to the sport? Vincent Luyendijk takes a look at those who are riding but not racing, the newcomers to the […]

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Questions over Sergio Henao’s Case

March 19, 2014

Team Sky have announced that Sergio Henao has been “taken off Team Sky’s race schedule” following “out-of-competition control tests”. The story first appeared in La Gazzetta Dello Sport where British journalist Daniel Friebe picked up on it. Within minutes Team Sky put out a press release. Little is known and it leaves many scratching their […]

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