Douglas Ansel

  • joined Aug 09, 2009
  • last login Jul 24, 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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

CX World Cup: Laatste Ronde!


This weekend the Cyclocross World Cup travels to France for its final round of the 2013-2014 season. Here's what's up.

CX Weekend: Is It Worlds Yet?


As much as we love cross, we're getting antsy. Road season is just around the corner, and why aren't we having the world championships already? Here's a look at the weekend's racing.

US Cross Nationals: Mile High Crossing


This year's racing should be closer than it's been in years... at least on the men's side. A rundown of the course and contenders for the Elite Men and Women's races.

Weekend CX: Let's Visit Roma!


It's time for the sixth round of the World Cup, and that means heading to another rare race in somewhere that's not Belgium. It's off to Italy for a fast, twisty course.

Compton v. Vos: Is this Katie's year?


For once, Katie Compton is beating Marianne Vos in the December World Cups. Is this the year she takes Worlds?

Is Kevin Pauwels Back?


After going winless all season, Kevin Pauwels has just taken back to back wins at the Superprestige Vlaamse Industrieprijs and bpost Bank GP Essen in the past week. Is one of the top crossers of...

The Omloop Returns to the Muur. Hooray!


Omloop Het Nieuwsblad becomes one of a growing list of races making sure they traverse the Muur van Geraardsbergen. I wonder if the organizers of the Tour of Flanders feel silly yet.

Offseason Capsule: Garmin-Sharp Has a Plan at Last


A look at the highs and lows of Garmin-Sharp's 2013 season and a look ahead to what might be in 2014. Things are looking bright with a lot of emerging talent getting the support it deserves.

Weekend CX: It's a sand filled party!


The theme of this weekend is sand. Sand, sand, sand. Saturday brings us to Koksijde's nigh on impassible dunes for the third round of the World Cup. On Sunday, everyone travels a short ways to the...

Nominate: Most Improved Male Rider of the Year


Now taking nominations for the most improved rider of 2013. Can anyone see past Nairo Quintana?



The best race of the year is here. Or, at least of the fall. Tomorrow, our cyclocross stars will go up and down the Koppenberg - first on cobbles, then on grass - a ridiculous number of times. And...

Change is in the Air: UCI to Alter the WorldTour


Major revisions lie on the horizon for the structure of the sport, but details are scarce for now.

Falling Leaves at Il Lombardia


The last monument is upon us, and while it no longer closes out the road season, its beauty and history is still untarnished.

Worlds Watch: Post-Canada Edition


Worlds are here, and it's time to finish taking stock of the favorites for the men's road race title. Spoiler alert - Sagan scares everyone else.

GP Québec: World Tour Racing Crosses the Atlantic


The only World Tour races in North America take place this Friday and Sunday in Québec and Montréal, bringing a distinctly Ardennes flavored peloton to hilly circuits just two weeks before the...

Countdown to Worlds: Vuelta Edition


The first of a three-part look at the likely protagonists in the Men's Road Race World Championship. Who has fine form, and who is lagging as Worlds nears?

La Vuelta Stage 18: Kiriyenka Wins, Nibali Falters


Vasil Kiriyenka soloed to a stage victory atop Peña Carbaga as Chris Horner once again gapped race leader Vincenzo Nibali to pull within three seconds of the overall lead with only three stages -...

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