About one year ago at this time, the entire cycling world was aghast at the capabilities of Fabian Cancellara. Seemingly able to ride away from his competition with ease, Cancellara rampaged through the first part of the cycling season en route to a banner year that included two monuments and a host of other wins.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The first part of the spring has centered around the hard men of cycling, those riders who use brute power and strength of character to beat their opponents on some of the toughest races courses the world over. But as we approach the final days of April , it is the climbers who come to the fore, as the parcours shift from mostly flat to mostly hilly in the coming weeks.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The 2011 Paris-Roubaix race will be remembered most as the race where an entire peloton conspired to prevent one rider from winning. On a dry, dusty day a very interesting race unfolded, even if it was the least exciting race of the spring classics season. Post-race thoughts and analysis below . . .
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Such an exciting time of the cycling season is Paris-Roubaix week. All of the major cobbled classics have been run, and so Paris-Roubaix is a culmination of racing ahead of the fast approaching hilly classics like the Amstel Gold Race, La Flech Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Leige. As we all look forward to this weekend's "Hell of the North", the following comes to mind . . .
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The 2011 Tour of Flanders couldn't have been more different than the 2010 version, but it was equally exciting, as a resurgent Nick Nuyens edged an awe-inspiringly strong Fabian Cancellara in a three up sprint. Sylvain Chavanel, after a long two man breakaway with Cancellara, managed to edge Cancellara for second place, as he narrowly missed what would have been by far the biggest win of his career. Many of the big favorites were there at the end, lending a tense and exciting atmosphere to the final 15 kilometers of the race. Post-race thoughts below on what was an amazing Ronde Van Vlaanderen.