Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Big Wig, Bradley Wiggins, Dave Brailsford, Froome, TDF, Team Sky, Tour de France, wiggin'
Big disappointment, a major high drama showdown between Big Wig and Froome was brewing.
“With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour,” Sky boss Dave Brailsford said in a team statement. “It’s a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won’t consider him for selection.”
Wiggins said it was a “huge disappointment not to make the Tour.”
“I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way — but it’s not going to happen,” Wiggins said. “I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready. Once you accept that, it’s almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Basso, doping, EPO, Fuentes, Jaksche, pro cycling, Puerto, TDF, Tour de France
Jaksche said it was “riders who always end up paying.”
“Cycling is not a mafia, it’s a sport run by unscrupulous people,” he said. “Now the same people who were behind doping would later point their finger at us.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bartali, Coppi, fascism, fascists, Giro d Italia, Lion of Flanders, Magni, TDF, Tour de France
In Italy, Magni was known as “the third man,” the chief competitor of the Italian cycling gods Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He was not their equal in popularity – partly because of allegations that he had collaborated with Fascists during the war – but he won his share of races.
“In life, defeats are more likely to happen than wins,” Magni said.
“Losing to Coppi and Bartali, and therefore congratulating them, is an experience that I am happy to have had – an experience that taught me a lot.”
Magni won 7 Tour de France stages and the Giro 3 times and some other stuff. He may also have been a fascist, but then, it turns out, so are most Americans.
…is the word from the man himself.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike racing, Cadel Evans, Chris Horner, Nibali, Radio Shack, Schleck, sports, TDF, Tour de France, Wiggins
Sure looked like it to me.
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Liege, Metz, route map, Switzerland, TDF, Tour de France
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, bike racing, biking, cycling, dopers, EPO, Fabian Cancellara, PEDs, prologue time trial, stage racing, TDF, Tour de France, TT
…TDF IS ON… somewhere …
There were murmurs that Cancellara was no longer the powerhouse he used to be, his legs slowing as younger riders developed, and despite uncertainty within his team surrounding missed wages and in-fighting, the experience and most importantly the power were there for all to see in Liège.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Africa, African athletes, altitude training, Colorado, high altitude, Iten, Kenya, Kenyan Riders, Kipchumba, Mount Evans, Tour de France
I call dibs on the movie rights.
We could all get together and sponsor a high-altitude training camp for these guys. I know a lot of people who would love to host these athletes in their homes as they train in the high mountains. We have uniquely high paved roads here in Colorado.
Since joining the team two years ago, Kipchumba, 26, has excelled. He says that running success translates smoothly to cycling, but that athletes in Iten remain reluctant to make the switch.
“When you come from running, the lungs are very big,” Kipchumba said. “When I started to train on a bike, I was breathing well. My legs were also used to pain. I had less pain than the others. The only problem is the fear of the sport of cycling. They don’t know much about the sport.”