King of the Breakaways

I’ve long thought French site’s a great source for cycling related info. And in a new article for the website, Stéphane David has calculated the total number of kilometres a rider has spent in breakaways during the 2010 season. Top of the list is Cofidis’s Stéphane Augé. Stéphan Augé Cofidis 1820km Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil … Read more

Basic mistake

Cofidis tried a publicity coup on last Wednesday’s Bastille Day stage only it backfired massively. The team were given new Look frames in the Piet Mondrian colours, reminiscent of the manufacturer’s early sponsorship of the Toshiba and ONCE teams. Only the modern art was undone by a very basic mistake. The bikes were built up … Read more

Damien Monier’s Chinese Takeaway

Cofidis’s Damien Monier is a rider who you probably hadn’t heard of until the Giro when he won Stage 17, claiming the mountain stage into Peio Terme. From Clermont-Ferrand, the city bang in the centre of France famous for Michelin and its extinct volcanoes, he’d been a pro for six years but had only showed … Read more

Tour de France preview

Sorry but I’m not going to write a big Tour de France preview. They all say the same thing: Contador’s the favourite Andy Schleck’s his closest challenge Those cobbles could cost someone the race Can Wiggins go better? Eugene Christophe broke his forks in the Pyrenees …I could go on, take a look at some … Read more

Cofidis and BBox silence the critics

Before the Giro sections of the Italian media were asking why Cofidis and Bbox were starting the Italian tour. After all, like Cervélo Test Team and BMC, both squads no longer have a ProTour licence but they don’t have a GT contender. “Shouldn’t spare places go to Italian teams?” asked some? Certainly I would not … Read more

Monier should never have won

Damien Monier should never have won today’s stage of the Giro. It was Tristan Valentin’s late withdrawal that saw Monier was drafted in with just three days to go. No matter, Monier said after the stage that he was feeling strong for the third week. Twice a pursuit champion of France, Monier is from Clermont-Ferrand, … Read more

The best rider so far this season?

A run of the mill moment for Dumoulin He might be one of the smallest riders in the bunch and he might ride a compact chainset but Samuel Dumoulin collected his sixth win of the season so far yesterday in the Circuit de la Sarthe. He’s now equal with André Greipel on six wins but … Read more

"Big" Jens Keukeleire

Baby face, adult body Jens Keukeleire’s no slacker. A neo-pro, he’s made a name for himself with three wins in a short space of time, the GP Le Samyn, the Noekere-Koerse and the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. Not the biggest races but a neo-pro would bite your arm off to make the front group, yet alone … Read more

Cofidis continues

Congratulations to Eric Boyer and Francis Van Vanlondersele following the announcement that their team has secured an additional two year’s backing from Cofidis, the consumer finance company based in Northern France. “We remain in cycling because we haven’t found anything better in sport to promote our brand” said a spokesman. That’s because cycling reaches parts … Read more

Training by numbers – update

Congratulations to Amaël Moinard. I blogged only last week how Moinard is an intelligent rider who knows how to train and race smart and sure enough he won the final stage of Paris-Nice under the palm trees of the Boulevard des Anglais. His win is a demonstration of what I was trying to explain. Yesterday … Read more