Kwiatkowski Makes a Name for Himself

September 29, 2014

Who is Michał Kwiatkowski? Ask Google and the answer might confuse. There’s a Canadian ice hockey player and for many in France “Michal” is a singer who featured in Star Academy, a popular TV series.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: World Championships

September 28, 2014

Michał Kwiatkowski drops the last of a four man group on the final climb of the Mirador above Ponferrada. He’d slipped the bunch on the descent with risky move, both for his safety on wet roads but tactically as there were four riders to get in his way up ahead. He seemed to take a […]

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World Championships Road Race Preview

September 26, 2014

The most open contest in years? With a course that’s hard to define it’s up to the riders to determine their approach to the race and we should get a tense finale with sprinters and grand tour riders clashing. Here’s the preview for Sunday’s race with the contenders and pretenders plus the TV schedule, weather […]

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The UCI Presidency After One Year

September 25, 2014

A year ago this week Brian Cookson was elected president in a contest that was close and at times bitter. Today the role of the UCI President is barely a talking point. Still as the sport’s top official Cookson’s role matters. Feargal McKay has done a good job for reviewing Brian Cookson’s manifesto pledges […]

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“UCI Ends the Tour of Beijing”

September 24, 2014

A misleading headline but reports seem to be running with a similar title. What’s misleading? The Beijing authorities pulled the plug as opposed to the UCI deciding to call time. Does the causality matter? Yes, substantially so because the sport loses a top race in a key market and the World Tour calendar shrinks, something […]

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World Championships Time Trial Preview

September 23, 2014

Tony Martin versus the World? Last year he was so fast his average speed was superior to many of the teams in the team time trial event. His win seems certain, cycling’s answer to cosmological constant. But if time trials rarely make for good TV new production techniques are helping and even with old school […]

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Monday Shorts

September 22, 2014

Roman Kreuziger’s been cleared by the Czech Olympic Committee’s arbitration panel. Fair verdict or whitewash? For now it’s hard to tell as the reasoned decision is online as a PDF but in Czech and so a hard read.

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World Team Time Trial Preview

September 19, 2014

This Sunday sees the UCI World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain start with the team time trial. If a team time trial isn’t new, the format is still a novelty at the worlds after it was introduced two years ago and more so since it features pro teams when the rest of the week is about […]

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When to Retire?

September 17, 2014

If all good things come to an end then the only thing remaining is to pick the moment to quit. Jens Voigt is ending his career with an attack on the Hour Record, Cadel Evans is planning antipodean swansong and others are leaving the peloton like Thor Hushovd or David Millar. Some pick their moment […]

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Ag2r La Mondiale’s Team Budget

September 16, 2014

It’s been a winning year for Ag2r La Mondiale with Jean-Christophe Péraud’s second place in the Tour de France but so much more including Carlos Betancur’s win in Paris-Nice plus the team prizes in the Giro and Tour de France and they might have won in the Vuelta had Domenico Pozzovivo, Carlos Betancur and Alexis […]

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