Bbox Bbroken

Can anyone hear me? France’s largest selling newspaper Ouest France reports today that the Bbox team is heading for the buffers. Talks with a potential sponsor for 2011 have collapsed, leaving Jean-René Bernaudeau and his band of brothers stuck for next year. The newspaper suggests the sponsor in question was oil supermajor Total. All is … Read more

Bbox riders still waiting

Where are they going? It seems the announcement that will save the band of brothers over at Bbox-Bouygues Télécom is taking its time to get through. In today’s Equipe the team’s top rider Thomas Voeckler says he’s had his best ever season – he won in Montreal – but that he’s still waiting for news … Read more

Miles and Miles

The hardest working man in cycling Cycling Quotient’s a handy database of results, archives and statistics. One thing to note is the rankings of riders with the most race kilometres in their legs this year. Here’s the top-10 as of today. 1. Thomas Voeckler, 14,243km2. Jens Voigt, 13,802km3. Danilo Hondo, 12,911km4. Andrei Grivko, 12,716km5. Luca … Read more

Oh, look, he’s even brought his mechanic

France’s most popular rider Thomas Voeckler’s massively popular in France. His spell in yellow during 2004 kicked it all off, especially his brave defence in the Pyrenees where he gurned his way up to the Plateau de Beille in defiance of a supercharged US Postal squad and an extra-terrestrial Ivan Basso. But he’s won the … Read more

Meanwhile in France…

Whilst some debate dropped chains, let’s celebrate Thomas Voeckler’s powerful ride in the stage yesterday as this is actually what great racing is all about. Having suffered a lot in the race, and coming close to pulling out on the stage to Gap, he found the strength to go in a breakaway in the Pyrenees. … Read more