Losing Streaks

Cofidis, Paris-Nice 2024

Do you ever wonder that to win somebody’s got to lose? With all the focus on Tadej Pogačar and Jumbo-Visma winning so often these days, others are on the receiving end. Right now Cofidis are having a difficult to start to the season but if they can just get one win then they can start to look down on others. Or at least Arkéa-B&B Hotels which is having a lean spell comparable to Garmin’s drought of 2015-2017.

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Ag2r Team Budget

Bob Jungels, 2022 Tour de France

A look at the team finances of the Ag2r Citroën team from 2022. It’s back in the days when the squad had brown shorts, Greg van Avermaet and more but these are the latest set of published accounts so a closer look.

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Pogačar’s Winning Win Rate

A year ago the win rates of Tadej Pogačar, Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglič were remarkable, a “fantastic five” ahead of their peers. Revising and rejigging the numbers and Pogačar is now well ahead. Statistically he’s not quite Eddy Merckx… but he’s not far off.

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Budget Caps

Mathieu van der Poel has signed two deals, one to keep him with the Alpecin-Deceuninck until 2028, the other with bike brand Canyon for ten years. The UCI has also announced a plan to introduce budget caps for professional road cycling in the coming years. These two stories go together.

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Milan-Sanremo Preview

The longest race of the year that builds to some of the most thrilling moments of the season, Milan-Sanremo is open to all, from sprinters to grand tour winners. Mathieu van der Poel starts his season hoping for a repeat win, Tadej Pogačar wants his first win and many others will hope to seize the day.

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Thursday Shorts

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? Of course it does. But when it comes to the media things can be different. If a story breaks behind a paywall will it make a noise?

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If not, normal blogging with a “shorts” post about the reason behind Evenepoel’s Vuelta GC implosion, One Cycling, Jayco and more tomorrow.

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The Moment Paris-Nice Was Won

Remco Evenepoel attacks on the climb to Peille during the final stage. Matteo Jorgenson follows when everyone else, including the race leader Brandon McNulty, cannot. This was the moment the race was won but it occurred thanks to the accumulation of efforts throughout the week.

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Paris-Nice Stage 8 Preview

The final stage in the hills behind Nice and traditionally the hardest of the race because it can be very hard to control. There’s just four seconds between first and second place on GC. Here’s hoping for another wild ride.

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