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Froome keeps the boss happy

The Tour de Romandie was not too kind to Chris Froome. In the past years, Froome started fairly well but this year when he crossed the finish line, he finished 38th. But, luckily, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is not worried one bit. These late struggles seem to be a part of a master plan for longer and sustained success further down the road. To say that Froome has a “full plate” is an understatem ...

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Froome’s Tour de Southampton

Tour de France champ Chris Froome turned a normal Saturday into a day that local riders will not soon forget. The University of Southampton received an unexpected visit from several hundred riders all because the champion wanted some company for a bimble in the area. The Team Sky leader took to Twitter to tweet his followers and it didn’t take long for Froome Fans to grab their gear and rush to heed his cal ...

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Sagan’s California Dreamin’

Don’t be surprised if you notice Peter Sagan walking around the LA looking for available properties for sale, he loves riding in California. And it doesn’t hurt that he can’t stop winning here either. Sagan has lit up the record books with 13 Tour of California stage wins but his competitors are not going to roll out the red carpet just yet. California’s majestic mountain ranges in stage three and five will ...

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Cav goes Bananas……

Mark Cavendish has secured his seventh win of the season. Narrowly beating Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni by, in technical terms 'a gnats arse' (half a wheel) in the opening stage of The Tour of Turkey. He will wear the turquoise leader's jersey in stage 2. Mark said of his win, "There are a lot of big sprinters at the race so we knew it would be chaotic, and it really was," and added that the season hadn't ...

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Astana ride on, but under close scrutiny

The Scottish legal system has an unusual alternative verdict to the familiar guilty or not guilty. The alternative is “not proven”, which has been interpreted before now as, “not guilty, but don’t do it again.” All this may or may not have something to do with today’s UCI decision not to remove the World Tour licence from Kazakh team Astana. There is, of course, nothing odd, nor funny, about a team that was ...

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Borghini blasts to victory

Elisa Longo Borghini soloed home to a spectacular victory in this year’s Women’s Tour of Flanders. She attacked 35km out and left the rest of the elite field trailing in her wake, winning with a 43 second margin. “I’m convinced that she was trying to destroy cobblestones rather than ride over them,” tweeted an ecstatic fan. The 23-year-old Italian rides for the Wiggle Honda team and was following up her imp ...

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Paris-Roubaix 2015 – a whiff of sulphur….

Photos by Author So what is it about this patch of northern Europe that leads young men to pain, bloodshed, suffering and toil? Fatuous, obviously, but one cannot quite dispel the neat rows of white headstones from the mind when mentally approaching the famous “Hell of the North.” Let’s remember it is not the famous cobbles, fearsome though they are, that gave the race that tag, but the devastation brought ...

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Nibali nibbles nobbly cobbles

If you were totally new to the world of professional cycling then at this time of year you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone who rides, watches or has even a passing interest in road cycling is obsessed with cobbles.  And you'd be correct. Just days after the brutal Paris-Roubaix astonished spectators and punished riders, reports are filtering through that last year's Tour de France winner is studying som ...

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Sky Cyclists Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas Top WorldTour Rankings

Geraint Thomas saw his ranking go up to the second spot in the UCI WorldTour after he won the E3 Harelbeke last Friday and nabbed the third place at the Ghent-Wevelgem last Sunday. Richie Porte, another Sky team member, holds the first place in the UCI WorldTour ranking. The Australian cyclist was able to push ahead to the top spot after he won the Volta a Catalunya last Sunday. Last month, Porte won Paris- ...

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Report Claims Astana to Lose WorldTour License

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Astana will lose its WorldTour license. The decision is to be formally announced on April 2 by the UCI’s license commission. The decision to revoke the license occurred last March. The newspaper, however, has been accused of providing a misleading report. Last Monday, the UCI issued a formal statement claiming that no final decision regarding the team’s license has ...

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