Douglas Ansel

  • joined Aug 09, 2009
  • last login Jul 13, 2014
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Grad student at Notre Dame, bike racer. Really, I love all things bike. Especially when mud is involved.

And coffee. I heart the coffees.

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Le Tour Stage 9: Martin Mashes the Mountains


After a long solo exploit on an occasionally rainy day in the Vosges, Tony Martin took a memorable win minutes in front of a powerful breakaway and Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey.

Le Tour Stage 8: Kadri Wins One For France


Biel Kadri took the first stage win for a French rider in this year's Tour after a cold, rainy slog through the Vosges mountains as Alberto Contador tested the legs of all the other general classification pretenders.

Le Tour Stage 7: Trentin Wins by Narrowest Margin


Omega Pharma - Quickstep's leadout man Matteo Trentin showed again he is a strong sprinter after a hard day as he took a narrow victory over Peter Sagan after a pair of late climbs and a hectic final descent and run to the line.

Le Tour Stage 6: Greipel is Back


After a windy and rainy stage, André Greipel stormed to a commanding stage win after a hectic final kilometer.

Le Tour Stage 4: Kittel... Again (Surprise!)


Another flat day in Le Tour, and another stage win for Marcel Kittel. You would think things are getting too predictable, but the final sprint was much closer and much different than the first two stage wins for the metronomic German.

Le Tour Stage 3: Kittel Does What Kittel Does


A finish just down the road from Buckingham Palace saw the coronation of Marcel Kittel, who has won both bunch sprints in this year's Tour de France in dominating style.

Le Tour Stage 2: Nibali Takes Canny Win


A mixture of general classification and one-day specialists fought it out over the last hour of climbs on today's stage from York to Sheffield and Vincenzo Nibali emerged from the scrum to take a fi

TDF Stg 1: Cavendish Crashes as Kittel Wins


The first stage of this year's Tour de France saw a hotly contested sprint that left Mark Cavendish and Simon Gerrans on the ground as Marcel Kittel took a convincing win ahead of Peter Sagan.

Tour de France GC Preview


Unlike the seeming coronation of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the past two editions of the Tour de France, this year's race is shaping up to be a lively one. Who looks the best coming into this year's race?

Looking Towards France


July is nigh, and the attention of the cycling world is fixated ever so strongly on the upcoming Tour de France. Over the next week we will look in depth at the route and the cast of this year's 21 stage drama, but for now here is a primer.

Dauphiné Stage 6: Another Day For The Breakaway


Jan Bakelandts made it three stage wins in a row for the early breakaway, leaving behind his companions late in the stage and out-sprinting Lieuwe Westra in the final 200 meters. Behind, Chris Froome crashed but retained his yellow jersey.

Dauphiné Stage 5: Sky Shows Weakness; Spilak Wins


It was another day for the breakaway today and Simon Spilak made it two wins in two days for Katusha, but behind a hard fought GC battle turned a seemingly tame parcours into an arena for fierce fighting.

Dauphiné Stage3: Youngster Arndt Wins Close Sprint


Nikias Arndt won the first bunch sprint of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Who is this kid?

Critérium du Dauphiné: Froome Wins Again


After winning the opening time trial yesterday, Chris Froome once emerged victorious on the Dauphiné's first mountain top finish. Is the rest of the race a forgone conclusion?

Working Pro Marcotte Steals Stars and Stripes


Upstart domestic Team SmartStop took the nationals road race by the scruff of its neck on Monday, putting three men in the 11 man winning move and getting working pro Eric Marcotte across the line first.

Giro Stage 14: Battaglin wins, Uran loses time


As the Giro moved into the end of its second week it hit the proper mountains for the first time. In the skirmishing that followed, Enrico Battaglin took the stage out of the breakaway and race leader Rigoberto Uran was gapped slightly by several GC

A Classic Liége-Bastogne-Liége


The last and greatest of the Ardennes classics arrives on Sunday and makes a return to many of the climbs that have helped define it over the generations. Who is going to take home the win? Check in, read up, and decide.

Ardennes Mid-Week Team Power Poll


Amstel Gold and La Flèche Wallone are over, and only Liége-Bastogne-Liége remains. So how are the teams stacking up?

Flèche Wallone: Valverde Conquers the Mur


Alejandro Valverde repeated his 2006 win atop the Mur de Huy with a superbly timed surge inside the last 150 meters of the race. Dan Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski rounded out the podium in second and third.

Flèche Wallone: Lots of change, but the same Mur


A host of changes are on tap for Flèche Wallone this year, but the racing should stay the same as it ever is.

Amstel Gold Race: Time for the Cauberg


Time to leave Belgium, at least for a Sunday, to watch riders climb their way over virtually every hill in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands. It's time for Amstel Gold, and here's what to watch for.

Ardennes Week Teams Preview


It's time to swap the cobbles for pavement, but the short climbs still remain. What teams are looking good leading into the Ardennes races?

The French Side Show: Critérium International


The Volta a Catalunya has the major Tour de France contenders busy this weekend and who can forget this Sunday is the Ghent Wevelgem? But in the middle, the Critérium International is about to kick off with its fifth trip around Corsica.

You Calling Me Fat, Bro? An Early Ardennes Preview


The offseason rumors about extra kilograms here and there and who has and hasn't been doing their training are being held up to light now. Which climbers are looking good for the Ardennes classics in a month?

Until Next Fall, Cyclocross


Cross season is dead (for now). Long live cross season.

Paris-Nice, Sans The Chronos?


The route for Paris-Nice was announced this week. As a surprising turn of events, there is nary a single time trial kilometer in the route.

Did that really happen? A Cross Worlds Recap


Last weekend saw the coronation of four World Champions after thrilling races, but questions about the future of the sport are persistent.

Cross Worlds: Ranking The Elite Men


Here it is, your not-so-definitive ranking of who is likely to bring home the bacon in the Elite Men's race on Sunday.

Notes from the France Desk, Wildcard Edition


The ASO released its wildcard invitations to Paris-Nice, the Critérium Dauphiné, and the Tour de France this week. Big winners? Bretagne-Séché and IAM Cycling.

Cyclocross World Championships Preview


This weekend we head to Hoogerheide, the Netherlands, for the Cyclocross World Championships. The course may be on the tame side, but it has some cool history.

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