The CIRC Report

March 9, 2015

The UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission (“CIRC”) has published its report. It’s not a gripping read, this is a report on the corporate policy of institution a decade ago. But buried in the 228 pages are revelations, there is strong criticism of those running the UCI in the past and it puts the spotlight back […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 1 Preview

March 8, 2015

Despite the promised CIRC-us on Monday there’s some sport to be had on the roads and we’re due a stressful sprint finish. Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb are the big names but there’s a nervous duo of Arnaud Démare and Nacer Bouhanni each looking for their first win.

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Paris-Nice Prologue Preview

March 7, 2015

A 6.7km prologue that’s not for prologue specialists. It’ll establish an early pecking order and prise apart the riders in a race that’s expected to be close all week

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Who Will Win Paris-Nice?

March 6, 2015

Tirreno-Adriatico’s got the star factor with the “fantastic four” of Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana leading the charge in Italy. The focus on four is obvious but the field is deeper with Joaquim Rodriguez, Rigoberto Uran and Thibaut Pinot who have all have stood on the podium of a grand tour. […]

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No More Pirates

March 5, 2015

March is a busy month for pro cycling. Even if you had the free time and inclination trying to watch as many races as possible would not be easy. Races are spread over many channels and for many fans there’s sometimes no legal way to watch a race because it’s not on TV. The internet’s […]

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You Can Ride Off-Road

March 3, 2015

This time last year the UCI had brought in new rule requiring riders to stick to the road. This time last year the peloton ignored it. The result is that the UCI changed the rule and riders can use paths as long as it’s safe to do so. Also Ian Stannard appears 10 times harder […]

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

March 1, 2015

Ian Stannard took on three riders from a rival team, cracking them one by one on the road to Gent before it was Niki Terpstra’s time to get done over in the sprint. The locals call triumphing in a race overwinning, a term that ought to be used in English to describe Stannard’s success.

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Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne Preview

March 1, 2015

Often called the “revenge race”, today’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne offers teams a chance to correct mistakes made in yesterday’s Omloop. However if you enjoyed the Omloop then today’s contest is probably not going to match it, it’s more of a sprinter’s classic even if the wind threatens to chop up the race. Here’s a quick preview.

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Preview

February 27, 2015

The cobbled classics start this weekend with Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a 200km introduction to Flanders with all the classic ingredients from bad weather to great fans. Some races are held to promote tourism but this is so grim the images must put people off visiting Belgium but the rough conditions make the race all […]

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UCI Wants to Remove Astana’s Licence

February 27, 2015

Coffee, croissant, L’Equipe. It’s such a pleasant routine during the cycling season but if Alexandr Vinokourov emerges from his Monaco apartment this morning in search of the newspapers he’s in for a scolding surprise. L’Equipe reports that the UCI has asked its Licence Commission to withdraw the Astana team’s licence and the UCI has confirmed […]

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