The Garmin-Transitions team is changing in big ways for 2011. Not only have they merged with the now defunct Cervelo TestTeam, but they are also seeing many of their pioneering members leave for other teams. At the top of the list are Danny Pate and Steven Cozza, both of whom have announced that they are moving to new teams for 2011. More announcements are sure to follow.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The world road championships are only days away now and the top contenders are gearing up for what should be an amazing race. As is the case each year, there are a slew of favorites ready to line up and battle for the rainbow jersey, but none have quite as much on the line as Oscar Freire. The Spaniard, now in the twilight of his illustrious career, is looking to become the first 4-time world champion in the history of the sport on a course that is perfectly suited to his style.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Taylor Phinney signs with BMC for 2011 and beyond. A HUGE move in the pro cycling realm as the 20 year old newly crowned US Pro time trial champion embarks on what is sure to be a history making career. Meanwhile, another big time time trialist, Fabian Cancellara, is officially a free agent. The Swiss rider will participate in the world championships in Australia, but as of yet has not named who he will ride for in 2011.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
For the first time in years race radios were banned at this past Sunday's US Pro championship road race. Unlike in previous years were all riders were plugged in minute by minute to their fellow teammates and directors, the 2010 version put the racing solely back into the realm of the athletes. Sure there were still the moto time gap updates and start finish line clocks, but besides that it was mano e mano out on the roads.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This year's Vuelta a Espana has been an amazing race thus far, with multiple lead changes and high drama throughout. Now heading toward its inevitable conclusion, the GC battle has clarified, leaving the young and promising Vincenzo Nibali at the top of the GC with only one big mountain stage left. Nibali, providing he can hold off a hard-charging Ezekial Mosquera, should emerge victorious at this year's Vuelta, giving the Italian (from Sicily) his first ever grand tour victory. That it has happened so early in his career is astounding, as it is rare these days indeed to see a grand tour winner under the age of 26.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Of all active American professional cyclists, Chris Horner needs a US Professional championship win to cap his illustrious career. Chris Horner has won major races in Europe and America, but as of yet he has not managed to add the Stars & Stripes jersey to his palmares. In previous years Horner has come close, but recently he has not participated due to participating in the Vuelta or recovering from crash injuries.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Pro Tour Comes to Canada: Quebec, Montreal Welcome Big Time One Day Bike Racing to North America
It has simply taken too long for North America to get a big time one day race on the schedule, but it has finally happened as Canada will host two huge one day races this coming weekend, in Quebec on Friday and Montreal on Sunday. Big teams with hugely talented riders will descend on Canadian soil to duke it out for glory, and every North American cycling fan must be licking their chops at the prospect of having these two races on the International calendar now and in the future.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Say what you want about Bjarne Riis, he has never been a man to go with the crowd or to care what you say about him and his decisions. He showed little concern at watching various team leaders leave over the years (Hamilton, Basso, Sastre), and likewise had no problem admitting his guilt of cheating in the 1996 Tour. Instead of covering up the truth, he chose to confront it head on, going so far as to say the Tour de France organizers could come to his house and take back the yellow jerseys he had won back in 1996.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What a few weeks it's been for pro cycling. The third grand tour of the year has kicked off, as the Vuelta a Espana is five stages old heading into its second weekend. Meanwhile away from Spain, rider transfers have been coming fast and furious as several teams have made huge upgrades while others have fallen a bit behind. Our thoughts from the past few days . . .
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