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How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 11-15

21 Jul

Sure, Nibali has a more than comfortable lead, but two uphill finishes last week didn’t do much to sort out the rest of the standings. All that and some fantastically aggressive racing and a couple sprints. Also, I’m seriously not going to be around next weekend, so you’ll have to wait for the final installment. […]

The Week in Bike #28 – 19 July 2014

19 Jul

Boxes, Contador, TdF bike, conspiracy, Giro Rosa, polemica, Thuringen Rundfahrt, coverage, muscling, http://www.hammernutrition.com, UCI anti-doping procedures, communication, dope on the table, hearts and minds, bio passport details, marketing, dots.

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 6-10

15 Jul

A transitional week of crosswinds, short climbs, and moderate mountains. The GC race continues to not be shaped by traditional forces, and a standout contender solidifies his lead. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8jOWWsSb_g&t=3m45s [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 1-4

15 Jul

As I mentioned after Stage 5, we’re a little out of order here. Relieve the opening few days among massive crowds in England that were…maybe not so used to seeing a bike race. Music: https://soundcloud.com/dimmakrecords/the-chainsmokers-selfie-4 [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

The Week in Bike #27 – 12 July 2014

12 Jul

Moved, no stuff, rain, timing, http://www.jbvcoaching.com/, Tour de France, sprint drama, rules, clarity, transparency, cobbles, Awful Waffle, Giro Rosa, racing Vos, Abbott, gaps, stage racing, Armstrong, content delivery.

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stage 5

10 Jul

I really couldn’t sum this one up in a minute-long, 180-world sound clip. Nibali gets to show his handling skills are for more than descending, Froome struggles from the beginning, and a whole lot of people attempt to limit their losses. Music: https://soundcloud.com/cosmocatalano/the-chase [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

The Week in Bike #26 – 27 June 2014

27 Jun

Top 5, snubs, Froome TUE case mismanagement, http://www.kirkleebicycles.com/, women, Women’s Tour…and, Giro Rosa, broken pages, Giro del Trentino, broken reporting, Inga Thompson, USAC, war stories, impending doping stories, I hate the Tour de France (a little).

The Week in Bike #25 – 20 June 2014

20 Jun

Dauphine, Suisse, Emakumeen Bira, Rabo-Liv, Prevot, Vos, Podium Cafe, MPCC, doping, rantcast, shirt, inhalers, prednisolone, TUE, UCI, communications, Cookson, Brailsford

How The Race Was Won – Criterium du Dauphine 2014

17 Jun

A lot of successful breakaways, early GC action, smart riding, bold moves, and a surprise winner. Stage races should always be this fun—though maybe not so difficult to rework. Music: https://soundcloud.com/djskillzmusic/florida-georgia-line-how-we-roll [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

The Week in Bike #24 – 13 June 2014

13 Jun

Inhalant (please do not attempt), inhaler, Froome, Internet Slueths, SCA, Armstrong, Henao, Betancur, “citolamegavirus”, Golden Gran Fondo, UCI Fondos, Emakumeen Bira, Vos, van der Breggen, Ferrand-Prevot, Rabobank-Liv, coverage, organization, certification.