Archive | January, 2010

A Dash of Cyclocross News

29 Jan

Kentucky! I know—it sounds like an April Fool’s story but three months too early and infinitely less believable. But it’s true—and likely a whole lot more pleasant for the racers than the Czech Republic is right now. Or maybe not. Despite apparent Euro sentiment that the course is too challenging to even pre-ride, Jon Page […]

A Periodic Table of Professional Cycling

25 Jan

With the UCI ProTour now extending from January through October, it’s getting a little hard to keep track of the where and when surrounding various professional events. Well, struggle no more: proudly presents our Periodic Table of Professional Cycling—and thanks to Operation Monetize, you can buy it (and any of our other graphics) as […]

2010 Is Going Poorly Already

24 Jan

Not going poorly for cycling, of course. I mean poorly for me. I’ve made one pick this far this season—that Greipel wouldn’t be able to hold his GC lead at the TDU—and the Gorilla made me look foolish. If this is how good he’s going in January, he’s either peaking way too early, or on […]

Wait—There's A ProTour Race? In January?

21 Jan

So it’s mid January. I had been, throughout my previous half-decade of running this blog, under the impression that this time of year was the “off season”. But apparently this opinion is not shared by a cabal of very old, very white men in Aigle, Switzerland. Yes, while all reasonable cyclists are just digging out […]

In Case You Missed It

15 Jan

Robbie McEwen (@mcewenrobbie) opened the 2010 season with a devestating win over Chris Horner (@hornerakg):

Why Roubaix is Roubaix

13 Jan

Podium Cafe has been getting some great interviews this off-season. Last week, they published a long conversation with Dutch phenom Martijn Maaskant, and today George Hincapie stepped up to the mic. While the whole interview is a fun read, what really struck me was this bit about Hincapie’s early departure from the ’09 Roubaix: Last […]

A Matter of Seconds

12 Jan

Second day of the week, second week of the year. Today, we are all about seconds. A second ProTour sponsor has announced it’s leaving the sport before year’s end. Bjarne Riis isn’t giving it too much of a second thought, and Joe Lindsey seconds his lack of concern. Team Radio Shack: bumped up to world’s […]

The Death of the Pure Climber

11 Jan

Cycling isn’t a sport that lends itself to idle boasting. The most flamboyant and outspoken rider in recent memory was Mario Cipollini, who managed to put together a small collection of Giro stages—among other prizes—to back up his chatter. So it seems highly out of place when a guy like Jose Rujano says “I’m the […]

1987 Tour de Suisse

9 Jan

While I could do without the music, and the grainy VHS-to-flash video quality, this Team 7-Eleven classic is definitely worth watch. It’s not often a 10-day stage race comes down to an intermediate sprint… (via velogogo) You’ve got to wonder at the behind-the-scenes machinations preceding this final stage. It strains credulity that Panasonic, after 10 […]

From The Archives: Moreau '07

8 Jan

I realize that 2007 was indeed a very open Tour, but I think Cyclingnews may have been enjoying a joke at our expense when they wrote up this preview: In fairness, Moreau had indeed been putting down some of his best post-Festina riding in 2007, winning the Dauphine and even hanging with the leaders as […]