Pogacar rules the UAE tour, Ballerini wins again

Tadej Pogacar reminds us all that he needs to be feared, executing a flawless UAE tour en route to victory. Ineos shows us how they will (or will not) be racing differently this year. And Deceuninck Quickstep puts on a masterclass in leadouts, both in the sand at UAE where Sam Bennett won two stagesContinue reading “Pogacar rules the UAE tour, Ballerini wins again”

A discussion with Will Barta of EF Education-NIPPO

Will Barta nearly upended the stage 13 ITT at the 2020 Vuelta, finishing 2nd and just one second behind Primoz Roglic. This success was in part what led him to sign with EF Education-NIPPO for the 2021 season. Will talks about life in France, his recovery from an offseason injury, and most importantly…what to eatContinue reading “A discussion with Will Barta of EF Education-NIPPO”

Tour de la Provence – Race Preview

Four days we have waited for all winter as we see the debut of world champion Julian Alaphilippe alongside a stacked Deceuninck Quickstep team and long list of strong sprinters and GC contenders. The four stages will bring opportunities for everyone with punchy stages, a trip to Ventoux and a straight sprint into Provence onContinue reading “Tour de la Provence – Race Preview”

W is for Wellens, Supertuck is Cancelled, and COVID strikes the hulk

Tim Wellens wins the Étoile de Bessèges thanks to his decisive win from the breakaway on stage 3 and solid stage 5 ITT. A review of each stage and notable takeaways about Wellens, Christoph Laporte, Egan Bernal, Filippo Ganna and Greg Van Avermaet. The supertuck is cancelled! Outlawed by the UCI, a summary of yourContinue reading “W is for Wellens, Supertuck is Cancelled, and COVID strikes the hulk”

Étoile de Bessèges Race Preview

The podium at this years Étoile de Bessèges will look quite a bit different from last year as the typically quiet French opener gets an influx of world class talent following the cancellation of races in Spain and Portugal. Ineos leads the charge with a team including Thomas, Bernal, Kwiatkowski, and Ganna while other headlinersContinue reading “Étoile de Bessèges Race Preview”

Reasons for concern and why the TDF is already getting hot!

Bad signs for racing as the Volta ao Algarve is canceled ahead of the Feb 17th start, a bad omen for the race calendar in neighboring Spain which is meant to start in Valencia the first week of Feb. Looking further ahead, teams are stacking up for the TDF with more firepower in the pelotonContinue reading “Reasons for concern and why the TDF is already getting hot!”

Colombia – Comeback country of 2021

I analyze the a few countries that underperformed in 2020 including Colombia, Spain and the Netherlands. I explain why Colombia will be the comeback country of the year in 2021 and why Spain shouldn’t have the same optimism. Also, will Marc Hirschi see even more success in 2021 with UAE than he did in 2020?Continue reading “Colombia – Comeback country of 2021”

Breakdown of the top 6 teams of 2020

A breakdown of the top 6 teams of 2020. A lot goes into being a great team, including the types of races you compete for and how you deliver different results. Here are the rankings, I breakdown why each team earned the spot they have: Deceuninck – Quick Step UAE – Team Emirates Team Jumbo-VismaContinue reading “Breakdown of the top 6 teams of 2020”

Roglic retakes Red and how the Vuelta will play out, riders protest, Wout wants green

Look ahead to stage 12 and the rest of the Vuelta. Looking back, stage 8 reminded us that we don’t need to be worried about Roglic, it was just a bad day and what it proved was that teams need a jacket tutorial, jacket training camp, like for Jai Hindely in the giro, jackets haveContinue reading “Roglic retakes Red and how the Vuelta will play out, riders protest, Wout wants green”

EF is the first team to win in all three grand tours of 2020 – Woods takes stage 7 of the Vuelta.

Michael Woods won no friends as he sat on for the last several KM of stage 7 at the Vuelta joined by Valverde, Guilliame Martin, Omar Fraile, and Nans Peters. An interview on the rest day with Sepp Kuss paints a more optimistic picture for Primoz Roglic who showed signs of cracks on stage 6Continue reading “EF is the first team to win in all three grand tours of 2020 – Woods takes stage 7 of the Vuelta.”

Geoghegan Hart enters British cycling lore, Vuelta blows up

Tao Geoghegan Hart enters British cycling lore riding himself into the Maglia Rosa at the conclusion of the Giro in Milan. An incredible Giro for Ineos who won 7 stages and took the overall win. Sunweb flanked Tao taking 2nd and 3rd places overall as Kelderman gets his first grand tour podium finish of hisContinue reading “Geoghegan Hart enters British cycling lore, Vuelta blows up”

Maglia Rosa in a dead heat heading into Giro finale, crashes in the Vuelta GC

The Maglia Rosa competition is tied heading into the final stage for the first time in history. Geoghegan Hart and Hindley go into the final days time trial with a head to head battle for the jersey after going blow for blow on stage 20. It’s like deja vu all over again with these twoContinue reading “Maglia Rosa in a dead heat heading into Giro finale, crashes in the Vuelta GC”

Maglia Rosa changes hands on the Stelvio, Roglic holds red at La Vuelta

The Maglia Rosa changes hands to Wilko Kelderman on the Stelvio as thepodium sorts itself out. Sunweb sit 1-2 with Kelderman leading and Hindley just12 seconds behind. Just another 3 seconds back, however, if Ineos Tao GeogheganHart who is hungry for more than just the third step on the podium. Somequestionable race tactics as SunwebContinue reading “Maglia Rosa changes hands on the Stelvio, Roglic holds red at La Vuelta”

La Vuelta kicks off and COVID strikes again at the Giro

La Vuelta a Espana kicks off and it was a stage of far bigger consequence than anyone predicted. There were some non suprising things like Jumbo Visma controlling the group up the final climb and Primoz Roglic taking the stage win and red jersey. But there were some big suprises with Thibaut Pinot and ChrisContinue reading “La Vuelta kicks off and COVID strikes again at the Giro”

Vuelta a Espana Race Preview

Race preview of the 18 grueling stages of the 2020 vuelta a espana. We breakdown the favorites for the GC, the best teams and who’s out for the points jersey. Eyes are mostly on two teams, Jumbo Visma with returning champion Primoz Roglic as well as win hungry Tom Dumoulin who are coming with aContinue reading “Vuelta a Espana Race Preview”

Alaphilippe’s season ends abruptly at Flanders, 5 wins for Ineos, Almeida hangs on to the Maglia Rosa

Alaphilippe crashes out at Flanders as Wout Van Aert and Matheiu van der Poel spend a lovely afternoon enjoying each others company, with MVDP taking the sprint victory. Huge time gaps at the giro and a big shakeup in the GC as Almeida clings onto the Maglia Rosa in front of a charging Kelderman. TaoContinue reading “Alaphilippe’s season ends abruptly at Flanders, 5 wins for Ineos, Almeida hangs on to the Maglia Rosa”

Giro Stage 14 TT, Tour of Flanders

The Giro rolls on to the stage 14 ITT in Conegliano. Joao Almeida will look to extend his lead for the Maglia Rosa and even content for stage honors against the likes of favorite Filippo “Top” Ganna and Rohan Dennis. If one of the Ineos riders wins it will be 4 stage wins for IneosContinue reading “Giro Stage 14 TT, Tour of Flanders”

The Giro gets to rest day 1, and it’s a great day to be a Pedersen

The Giro gets to rest day 1 and we collectively hold our breathe to see if the race will continue. Assuming it does we take a look at the racing for the week ahead as the peloton rolls north up the eastern coast of Abruzzo and Emilia-Romagna before reaching Veneto on Friday. In other racingContinue reading “The Giro gets to rest day 1, and it’s a great day to be a Pedersen”

Week 1 at the Giro, Paris-Roubaix cancelled and seasons are ending

Week 1 at the Giro had a surprise at every stage. Demare already has 3 wins and a 50 piont lead in the points jersey and we will now see what chaos unfolds as we head into the second week. Paris-Roubaix is cancelled as COVID cases surge in northern France and a number of ridersContinue reading “Week 1 at the Giro, Paris-Roubaix cancelled and seasons are ending”

Embarrassment for Alaphilippe at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and opening weekend of the Giro

Six and a half hours of racing ends with embarrassment for Julian Alaphilippe as celebreates too early, losing the race to Primoz Roglic and ultimately being relegated to 5th place for his improper sprint line. The Giro opened this weekend with big time dents into major GC contenders, with Nibali, Fuglsang, and Kruijswijk losing overContinue reading “Embarrassment for Alaphilippe at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and opening weekend of the Giro”

Giro d’Italia preview, why Hirschi will win worlds in 2021 and the competition for ugliest bike

A preview of the race favorites for the Giro d’Italia. Why history tells us that Marc Hirschi’s win at La Fleche Wallonne makes him the favorite for next years UCI world championship road race. We also look in awe at the ugly bikes and kits rolled out this week by EF Education, Ineos and JulianContinue reading “Giro d’Italia preview, why Hirschi will win worlds in 2021 and the competition for ugliest bike”

UCI World Championships Men’s Road Race Results – Julian Alaphilippe wins rainbow

Julian Alaphilippe is the 2020 UCI World Champion! He’s won 5 stages of the Tour de France, Strade Bianche, Milan-Sanremo, La Fleche Wallonne, San Sebastian, been 17 days in yellow and now will wear rainbow as the World Champion. The French have a world champion for the first time in 23 years, first since LaurentContinue reading “UCI World Championships Men’s Road Race Results – Julian Alaphilippe wins rainbow”

UCI World Championships – Men’s Individual Time Trial Analysis

The men’s UCI World Championship Individual Time Trail went relatively as expected with Italian fast man Filippo Ganna unseating two time reigning champion, and teammate, Rohan Dennis. Some think Ganna taking the win comes out of the blue, however, that’s because most of Ganna’s damange is done inside the velodrome where he already has 4Continue reading “UCI World Championships – Men’s Individual Time Trial Analysis”

FEEDZONE: Roasting the UCI – Because, why not?

Welcome to the FEEDZONE, a break from normal racing coverage. We are heading into one of the most exciting weekends of the year for professional cycling, the UCI world championships where we will learn who gets to wear the coveted rainbow jersey in their respective discipline next year on their sleeves forever. BUT, let’s notContinue reading “FEEDZONE: Roasting the UCI – Because, why not?”

2020 UCI World Championships Preview and Predictions

It’s time for the 2020 UCI world championships! Odd to be just one week after the tour and before either the Giro or Veulta but its 2020 and here we are. The championships take place in Imola, Italy after Switzerland announced their cancellation of the event due to Coronavirus restrictions. We are looking at twoContinue reading “2020 UCI World Championships Preview and Predictions”

2020 Tour de France: Pogacar wins & the tour by the numbers

Today we wrap up the tour, the weapons were put down. They took down the finish line on the Planche de Belle Fille, FDJ visiting Pinots goats. Sagan conceded green. Roglic slept on his defeat. It was all smiles and pageantry on the roads to Paris. Familiar scenes of the Yellow jersey team with teammatesContinue reading “2020 Tour de France: Pogacar wins & the tour by the numbers”

Tour de France stage 20: Pogacar turns the tour on its head and Porte reaches the podium

He is the white jersey, polka dot jersey, yellow jersey, the maillot jaune, he is the youngest winner of a stage of the Tour de France (and he has three of them) and the youngest ever champion of the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar has turned the race upside down today. Full breakdown of theContinue reading “Tour de France stage 20: Pogacar turns the tour on its head and Porte reaches the podium”

Tour de France Stage 19: The green jersey wraps up and final countdown on yellow

Stage 19 of the Tour de France was the final chance for Peter Sagan and his Bora Hansgrohe team to reel in Sam Bennett to give Peter at shot at his 8th green jersey. Some bad luck for the team with a bee sting to the mouth of Lukas Postlberger caused him to abandon. JustContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 19: The green jersey wraps up and final countdown on yellow”

Tour de France Stage 18: Ineos gets redemption, Landa attacks and the podium settles in

Tour de France stage 18 was one for Ineos. After several days of attacking by Richard Carapaz, today he and Michal Kwiatkowski got away and won the stage. It was a special moment for them as they entered the final kilometers knowing that nobody could challenge them. They even seemed unsure of what to do,Continue reading “Tour de France Stage 18: Ineos gets redemption, Landa attacks and the podium settles in”

Tour de France Stage 17: Superman Lopez takes the win, Bernal abandons and Roglic steps closer to Paris

Egan Bernal was down, now he’s out, the decision to abandon made by his team director and in his best interest. Surely many of us wanted him to stay in out of respect for his teammates and the race itself, but his injuries are starting to impact him. “I was suffering all day with backContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 17: Superman Lopez takes the win, Bernal abandons and Roglic steps closer to Paris”

Tour de France Stage 16: Bora gets its win and Pogacar shows he will always attack

The Peloton passes its COVID test and the tour continues. A day for the breakaway a strong 23 man group got outfront and it was a day for the best of them. Lennard Kaemna took the win over Ineos’ Richard Carapaz, his first grand tour win which follows his 2nd place on stage 13 andContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 16: Bora gets its win and Pogacar shows he will always attack”

Tour de France Stage 15: Bernal cracks and the GC is shaken up

Joined by special guest Andy Craze. Stage 15 was of massive impact to this years Tour de France. Egan Bernal cracked at the start of the Grand Colombier and is yellow jersey hopes are lost. Tadej Pogacar wins another stage with Primoz Roglic right on his heels. Richie Porte shows that he is here withContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 15: Bernal cracks and the GC is shaken up”

Tour de France Stage 14: Peter Sagan closes, Sunweb wins, attention turns to Colombia

Disaster for France Continues, Peter Sagan closes the gap, Sunweb wins again, and the Colombian climbers eye tomorrows stage on the Grand Colombier. Romain Bardet got bad news overnight following his crash with an MRI revealing small hemhorraging requiring him to withdraw from the tour, he will be on rest for as long as needed.Continue reading “Tour de France Stage 14: Peter Sagan closes, Sunweb wins, attention turns to Colombia”

Tour de France Stage 13: Dani Martinez saves his tour, Roglic extends his lead

Stage 13 of the Tour de France – Dani Martinez got into the very strong breakaway and was able to pull off the victory despite being outnumbered battling again Schachmann and Kamna of Bora-Hansgrohe. It was far behind that the drama really unfolded with a complete undoing of our French hopefuls Romain Bardet and GuillameContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 13: Dani Martinez saves his tour, Roglic extends his lead”

Tour de France Stage 12: Hirschi gets his and the Tour gets a (COVID) reset

Hirschi got his!! Just two weeks after his 22nd birthday Marc Hirschi has his first professional victory, and its at the Tour de France! Incredible tour for Hirschi who has three podium finishes in the tour already. The tour gets a COVID-19 reset – When the teams get tested during the second rest day anyContinue reading “Tour de France Stage 12: Hirschi gets his and the Tour gets a (COVID) reset”

Tour de France Stage 11: Green stays in Ireland, Ewan wins his 2nd

A photo finish with 4 riders! 1) Ewan 2) Sagan 3) Bennett 4) Van Aert. A less nervous day in the peloton but we see many GC teams losing key supporters as we head into the mountains over the next few days, which will surely impact the racers. But today was a battle for green.Continue reading “Tour de France Stage 11: Green stays in Ireland, Ewan wins his 2nd”

Tour de France Stage 10: A win for Ireland and Sam Bennett takes green

The rest day proved to be one of the most stressful days as everyone waited with angst to see if any positive COIVD tests would return. Miraculously – No riders tested positive. 4 staff members, 1 each from Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott, Cofidis, and AG2R) as well as race director Christian Prudhomme. The race itself was flying,Continue reading “Tour de France Stage 10: A win for Ireland and Sam Bennett takes green”

Sights, sounds and stories of the first 9 stages of the Tour de France

We’ve made it to the first rest day of the 2020 Tour de France. We breakdown all the sights, sounds, and stories that have defined the first 9 stages of the tour. Review who’s up and who’s down, how all the top GC contenders are stacking up, and look ahead to the stages the remainContinue reading “Sights, sounds and stories of the first 9 stages of the Tour de France”

A day of flying: Stage 7 Recap

A burner from start to finish, begining with Bora-Hansgrohe pulling the peloton in support of Peter Sagan, dropping top sprinters including Sam Bennett, and setting Peter up to regain the green Jersey. Then the GC favorites took over, breaking apart the race in the cross winds. Top 10 favorites such as Tadej Pogacar, Mikel Landa,Continue reading “A day of flying: Stage 7 Recap”

Alaphilippe out of yellow at the Tour de France and new shoulders for the green jersey

Stage 5 went from zero to 100 real quick. The first stage without a breakaway since atleast 2008 saved all the drama for the final KM’s and after the conclusion of the race. Ineos attacked to try and break up the peloton, which ultimately cracked the likes of Ewan, Nizzolo and Viviani, setting up WoutContinue reading “Alaphilippe out of yellow at the Tour de France and new shoulders for the green jersey”

Tour de France: Stage 4 Recap and Preview of Stages 5 & 6

Julian Alaphilippe successfully defends the yellow jersey and while there are not big time gaps, some riders already are showing strength and cracks, we break down what we saw on stage 4. Then we look ahead to a sprinters day on stage 5, including the fight for the green jersey competition which is currently tiedContinue reading “Tour de France: Stage 4 Recap and Preview of Stages 5 & 6”

Tour de France: Stages 1 & 2

Guest Andy Craze joins us to talk about what we’ve seen during the first two days of the tour, Alaphilippe in Yellow, dynamics in the peloton, and what we can look forward to for the rest of the Tour. Exciting and gripping cycling during the first two days with crashes impacting Ineos, Jumbo Visma andContinue reading “Tour de France: Stages 1 & 2”

Tour de France Preview: Top 10 GC Prediction

A rundown of my predictions for who finishes in the top 10 positions in the General Classification in hopes of winning the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, as well as the next best 5 who are on the outside looking in. Here is my top 10 list, listen to hear why: Primoz RoglicContinue reading “Tour de France Preview: Top 10 GC Prediction”

Racing is back! Crashes, races, who’s up and who’s down, transfers, and fantasy Tour de France!

A full spring of racing packed into two weeks. We cover the senseless crashes of Fabio Jakobsen, Remco Evenepoel, and Max Schachmann thanks to the UCI, crashes and injuries in the Peloton and then get onto the racing itself. Strade Bianchi, Milan Sanremo, Il Lombardia, Ventoux, Tour de l’ain, Volta a Burgos, Tour of Poland,Continue reading “Racing is back! Crashes, races, who’s up and who’s down, transfers, and fantasy Tour de France!”