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There’s an argument between the teams and the UCI over the use of race radios, with the UCI wanting to ban their use in every race bar the World Tour calendar. For me, there are advantages and disadvantages to race radios. Some say the radios allow teams to control a race. Writing for cyclingnews.com, Jonathan … Read more

The Pain in Spain

The Spanish economy is in deep trouble, suffering from the fallout of a burst housing bubble and chronic unemployment. There are worries for the country’s banks and also its regions. Economists fret the Kingdom could need financial assistance from its peers within the Euro-zone or indeed from the IMF. Whatever happens, money is tight. Note … Read more

Is The Tour de France Too Hard?

Cycling imposes enormous demands from a physical point of view. It’s necessary to have a serious review in to the length of the grand tours. So says Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky, who also sits on the executive committee of WADA, in an interview with Marca. The underlying idea here is that the duration and … Read more

The Fear of Winning

A scary moment? In recent interviews the likes of Dan Martin and Richie Porte have both expressed a similar idea: a fear of winning. In the recent Tour of Poland Dan Martin confessed to being uncomfortable with the lead and the pressure that came with it. We saw a visible example in the 2009 Dauphiné … Read more

King of the Breakaways

I’ve long thought French site cyclismag.com’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

The Season’s not over yet

If Saturday’s Tour of Lombardy marked the end of the season for many, the Chrono des Herbiers on Sunday was surely the last moment pro riders could be seen in action? Well no. Next weekend sees the Japan Cup one day race in Utsunomiya, 100km north of Tokyo. The Herald Sun Tour in Australia is … Read more