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Tour de France stage 16: a Throw Wins it for Sagan

The Tour entered Berne, Switzerland for the first of two stages.   Covered tram lines in the final straightaway.     Andrea and I lucked out and were given passes to watch the stage from the technical zone. This is one of my favorite places at the Tour because it’s the fascinating logistics hub and it … Continue reading »

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Tour de France stage 11

Julian Alaphilippe and his Etixx Quick Step teammates rode just a few hundred meters from their hotel to the sign on.   Raymond Poulidor may have stood on every step of the Tour de France podium except the top one, but he is just as popular as 5 time winner Bernard Hinault.   Cesare Benedetti.   … Continue reading »

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Tour de France stage 5: The Buses

There was a time when a departure lay out such as this morning’s would have sent me into an anxious panic. Ack! The road is shaped like an L and there is a double fence in front of me; how will I ever get any autographs?! Will the peloton even know I’m cheering for them?? … Continue reading »

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Tour de France stage 4: sign on

I’ll admit I felt particularly weird asking for autographs this morning. The first few cyclists at sign on today were either riders I really don’t know at all and so I wasn’t yet warmed up enough to properly cheer for them or they were riders I see around town all the time where I live so … Continue reading »

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Tour de France stage 3: Cavendish draws level with Hinault

It’s been a busy year since I was last at Le Tour and even though much has changed in my life, I haven’t yet outgrown my love for the peloton. For the first time in a couple of years, I will miss more stages than I will be at but I will bring you, dear … Continue reading »

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Ironman Nice done & dusted

“No me toques!” I shout. My eyes shoot fire at the person ahead who had just bumped into me with unnecessary abruptness.   My alarm goes off.   Wonderful, I think. I remembered to use the subjunctive when forming the negative imperative in Spanish while dreaming! This bodes well for today.   Today, of course, … Continue reading »

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Q&A with Simon Geschke

German rider Simon Geschke recently took the time to chat with me about the biggest win of his career, his Italian heritage, and his goals for GPCQM and the World Championships. Click here to read the interview in full as published on

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2015 La Course

For the second time in as many years, twenty teams of six riders lined up on the Champs Élysées to race La Course: thirteen laps of the 6.75km circuit on Paris's celebrated and cobbled avenue. But before the race (and the rain) got started, several of the teams warmed up on the course. Below: Ale … Continue reading »

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2015 Tour de France stage 21

Nine laps to go Nick Roche and Sky.   Chris Froome and Peter Sagan.   Romain Bardet borrows the polka dot kit from Froome.   Jan Bakelants.   Eight laps to go Froome.   Alberto Contador.   The bunch chases Sylvain Chavanel.   Seven laps to go   Sky.   John Degenkolb.   Six laps … Continue reading »

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2015 Tour de France stage 20

While this technically isn't the shortest road stage of the 102nd Tour de France (that would be stage 21, largely ceremonial in terms of the GC, though not for the sprint teams), at just 111km today's fireworks would come from the two looming climbs: Col de la Croix de Fer and legendary Alpe d'Huez.   … Continue reading »

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