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2009 Tour de France - Latest Thoughts II

by Jack  

The 2009 Tour de France is about 2 weeks old and I have one word in my mind - action! It has been both fast action and then lack of action. The first week was full of action, second week, not-so-much. In fact, I can't remember the last Tour having such… more »

2009 Tour de France - Latest Thoughts

by Jack  

The 2009 Tour is only 7 days old but the speculation of leadership at Team Astana continues to grow. The war started with the very first Stage 1 time trial. Alberto Contador got the better of the other Astana 4 (Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Levi… more »

Happy Holidays!

by Jack  

Boy! What a year this has been for the pro peloton! One thing is for sure, all of the excitement that was generated in 2008 will be carried through into 2009 and more so. Is anyone else excited about next year!!?? The 2009 season could not be packed… more »

63rd Vuelta: Wrap Up

by Jack  

No doubt you know by now that the 2008 Vuelta a España ended on Sunday with it's native son, Alberto Contador (Astana), becoming only the 5th rider to win all three grand Tours. Contador came into this race as the heavy favorite, carrying all of the… more »

63rd Vuelta: Week 2

by Jack  

Week 2 of the Vuelta ended the very same way as the first week. Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) won the stage before the rest day while the GC favorites held out for a huge showdown on Saturday. Too bad none of this week's stages or results were the… more »

63rd Vuelta: Week 1

by Jack  

Week 1 of the 2008 Vuelta closed with a lot of action, many changes in leadership and a fine butt whipping by Astana. Mirroring the Giro, this year's Tour of Spain started out with a short team time trial. These exist purely for show as minimal time can… more »

63rd Vuelta a España

by Jack  

Note: This post was written on Friday but because of server problems, this didn't get posted until Sunday. It's almost September, a full month after an exciting Tour de France and big time cycling is back! Yes, the 63rd running of the Vuelta a España,… more »

91st Giro Final Assessment

by Jack  

Now that the race is over, you might be thinking to yourself, what have we learned from this year's Giro? Well, let's see! Here's a list, but in no particular order. 1. ASO sucks. 2. The Giro is harder, at least on paper, than the Tour de France. 3.… more »

91st Giro - Stage 21: Contador!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) sealed the deal by winning the 2008 Giro d'Italia, finishing 11th on today's final time trial stage into Milan. Confirming that the best man won, he was by far the fastest of the top GC contenders in today's stage and increased… more »

91st Giro - Stage 20 Genius!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) successfully defended his maglia rosa on the last mountain stage of this year's Giro. In what was a brilliant display of tactics by Johan Bruyneel and Sean Yates in the team car, Astana was able to manipulate the outcome of the… more »

91st Giro - Stage 19: Wow!!

by Jack  

Italian Danilo Di Luca (Team LPR Brakes) finally put his legs where his mouth was by setting off on a dramatic escape 50 km from the finish during the descent of the 3rd to last climb. With the help of his teammate, Il Falco Paolo Savoldelli, the two… more »

91st Giro - Stage 16: Pellizotti?

by Jack  

Italian Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) pulled a coup by taking the win on one of the hardest time trials any cyclist will ever face. Pellizotti won by 6 seconds over, who seems to be the Italian hero of this year's Giro, Emanuele Sella (CSF Group… more »

91st Giro - Stage 15: Contador!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) finally did what most expected of him in this year's Giro. He took over as leader of the race but it wasn't easy and it definitely is not final. Italian Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare) won his second straight stage by… more »

91st Giro: Broken Contador!

by Jack  

We found out today that defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Astana) has a slight fracture in his elbow. This diagnosis was made during today's rest day following his crash on Saturday's stage. Contador promises to continue but admitted… more »

91st Giro - Stage 8: Riccò Suavé!

by Jack  

Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) showed today that perhaps he is the leading candidate for this year's Giro. He stormed out of the peloton to claim today's 8th Stage, his second this year. He outkicked compatriot Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and… more »

91st Giro Start List

by Jack  

RCS recently announced the official start list of this year's Giro. Arguably the hardest Grand Tour on paper will be off to a rock'n start just based on who will be lining up on May 10th. You can view the start list here. As you can see, Astana is… more »