Pro Team Sponsors: What Do They Do?

January 27, 2015

You probably know what Trek, Cannondale and Giant make but do you know your Soudal from your Jumbo or what Lampre does? All year people will be naming and even cheering these brands.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Tour Down Under

January 25, 2015

Rohan Dennis jumps clear on the climb to Paracombe to take the stage and the time bonus, putting him in the ochre jersey. It was a slender lead but enough to defend on Willunga Hill two days later. The 2015 season has started with a tale of home advantage, an Aussie 1-2-3 on GC and […]

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The Right Race, The Wrong Time?

January 23, 2015

It’s testimony to the Tour Down Under’s improved status that we’re no longer debating whether it’s a bike race or a glorified training camp. It’s a race and if you don’t find it compelling, no worries, it’s not compulsory to love the Tour Down Under any more that you should get excited by the GP […]

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Thursday Shorts

January 22, 2015

It’s only January but rider retirement is in the news whether it’s Cadel Evans’ imminent halt or Nick Nuyen’s recent retirement. Nuyens has gone from the peloton to the supermarket, swapping the Carrefour de l’Arbre for a branch of Carrefour Market supermarket, a change of career to file away for a list of strange retirement […]

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Alpecin Shampoo Review

January 21, 2015

The Giant-Alpecin team is off to a great start with Marcel Kittel winning the first race of the year. New for 2015 is sponsor Alpecin, a brand of shampoo from Germany. It’s got caffeine inside, the idea is it will stimulate the roots of your hair. Does it work?

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The Wealthiest People in Pro Cycling, Part II

January 20, 2015

Who are the wealthiest people in cycling? It’s not the riders, it’s the people who pay their wages. In the second part of the series, time to look at more team sponsors but also race owners and others. The Wealthiest People in Pro Cycling, Part I

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2015 Santos Tour Down Under Preview

January 18, 2015

The 2015 World Tour starts on Tuesday with the Tour Down Under. The TDU is now an established race, what was once a training race in the sun is now a tough competition where the only concession is the short stages. Here’s a preview for the Tour Down Under with stage profiles, contenders, TV times […]

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Roads to Ride: Abetone

January 17, 2015

The first summit finish of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, the road up Monte Gomito to Abetone is something to look forward to but also a worry. It’s harder than the profile suggests and coming at the end of Stage 5 it could reveal who will win the race outright. Fanciful? Not really, it’s happened before. […]

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The Wealthiest People in Pro Cycling, Part I

January 15, 2015

Time for the annual update on the wealthiest people in pro cycling. If you thought this meant Alberto Contador, Mark Cavendish or Peter Sagan, think again because this is about the people rich enough to hire these star riders. A lot has changed in recent times, volatile stock markets have benefited some but hit others. […]

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Wednesday Shorts

January 14, 2015

ASO have announced the wildcard invitations for Paris-Nice, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. No surprises: as predicted it’s Bora-Argon 18, Bretagne-Séché, Cofidis, Europcar and MTN-Qhubeka with Bora’s case strengthened by confirmation of the recent ARD broadcast deal. In times past wildcards had an exclusive element, to invite one team was to […]

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