Douglas Ansel

  • joined Aug 09, 2009
  • last login Apr 04, 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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Phil Gaimon: Getting to Know the Cookie Monster

Two days ago, Garmin-Sharp announced the signing of a 27 year old American for the 2014 season, one "Phil the Thrill" Gaimon. Who exactly is this rider? The answer is more fun than you think.

Sitting In With U23 Racer Jos Chalmers

From racing with the USA Cycling U23 development program in Europe to collegiate cycling, Jos Chalmers has already seen a lot of the spot. Words by Michael Kubansek

The Giro is Over... What's Next?

The Giro is over, long live the Giro. But there is more great racing on the horizon!

Giro Stage 21: Cavendish Wins Fifth Stage

Mark Cavendish continued his domination of bunch sprints at the Giro, winning his fifth stage in as many tries and securing the red jersey to make him one of a select few riders to take home points jerseys in all three grand tours.

Giro Stage 18: Nibali Cements Lead, Evans Falters

Vincenzo Nibali cemented his lead in the overall classification today by wining the uphill time trial to Polsa by a wide margin. Few surprises occurred in the general classification save very disappointing rides by Cadel Evans and Mauro Santambrogio.

Cali Dreaming: When Will Tejay See Yellow Again?

Tejay van Garderen took home the yellow leader's jersey in the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday. Can he parlay this into a yellow jersey at a higher calibre race in the next two years?

Giro Stage 15 Route: UPDATE!

Risk of avalanches at higher altitudes significantly alters stage and eliminates summit finish atop the Col du Galibier.

Giro Stage 13: Cav Makes it Four

Cavendish takes his fourth stage win and increases his lead in the points classification before the Giro heads towards the high mountains.

Five Reasons to Watch the Tour of California

So, the Giro still rules all, but there is a bike race in America that's worth watching. Here's why.

Giro d'Italia: Points Classification Preview

The points classification at the Giro is one of the most confusing things to decipher in the sport. Some years, a sprinter wins it. Others, a climber. How can these diametrically opposed types of riders go for the same prize? Simple - it's the Giro!

All French, All The Time: Tour de France Wildcards

The ASO, organizer of the Tour de France, released the list of wildcard invitations to the Tour today, picking Cofidis, Europcar, and Sojasun to ride in the Grand Boucle. The teams selected provide an definitive French flair to the race.

La Doyenne - A Play In Three Acts

The fourth monument of the season, and the oldest of them all, traces a circuitous route through the Belgian Ardennes from Liège to Bastogne and back to the outskirts of Liège. This year, though, a course alteration may hurt the pure climbers.

Plot Twists on the Mur de Huy

Daniel Moreno won La Flèche Wallonne by following the standard formula of waiting, waiting, and waiting before starting his final attack. But this year, the standard formula was almost upturned by Carlos Betancur's early attack.

Flèche Wallone Preview: 204km of Waiting, Then Huy

Despite organizers attempts to shake up the routine action in La Flèche Wallone by re-arranging the final climbs in 2012, the race is still largely a procession to the Mur de Huy. Not that I'm complaining.

Amstel: Do Riders or the Course Make the Race?

Major changes to the Amstel Gold Race route coincided with the most exciting version of the race we have seen in years. Are they linked, or did outsiders simply take the race into their own hands?

Amstel Gold Results: Kreuziger Stays Away

Early aggression by Blanco, Saxo-Tinkoff, and ORICA-GreenEDGE put a breakaway group up the road in the final 35 kilometers, breaking up the racing in Amstel Gold earlier than in the past several years. Roman Kreuziger survived the chase to win.

Amstel Gold Preview: How Do The Favorites Win?

The favorites for Amstel Gold fit into three distinct groups with three equally distinctive ways to win the race. Here's how they can win - and why they might not.

Amstel Gold: Breakaway or Sprint Finish?

Racing in Amstel Gold seems formulaic these days - a few failed breakaways and a sprint atop the Cauberg. But is the race as simple as that? What chance do long range breakaways actually have, and how do changes to the course affect them?

Sagan Wins Brabantse Pijl

The Ardennes season opened with a scintillating version of Brabantse Pijl today, won by Peter Sagan in a two-up sprint with Philippe Gilbert. Signs point towards an exciting next week and a half of racing.

From Hellingen to Côtes: The Ardennes are Here

It is time for the cobbled bergs to give way to the longer, paved côtes of southern Belgium and the Ardennes classics. Explosive climbing and aggressive racing will be on tap over the next two weeks of racing. Here is a preview of what is to come.

How to Win Flanders: Three Scenarios

By now we know the parcours of the Ronde van Vlaanderen quite well. Seventeen hellingen, some cobbled sections, and a finish in Oudenaarde. But how do you win? Here is a look at the three most likely scenarios.

Ghent - Wevelgem Preview: Cobbles and Sprinters?

Coming exactly one week before the big show begins, Gent - Wevelgem is one of the bigger tune-up races and while it fails to match E3 Harelbeke in popularity and similarity to the Ronde van Vlaanderen, it creates its own interesting racing dynamic.

Milan - Sanremo: The Day Strong Men Wept

Apocalyptic wintry conditions coated riders' clothing with ice and forced a vehicular bypass of the Passo Turchino. But, it was also the racing itself that will make this a day to remember for decades hence.

Milan-Sanremo Course Preview: Devil in the Details

At 300km in length and with a largely flat profile until the final two climbs of the Cipressa and the Poggio, Milan - Sanremo is often considered the "sprinter's classic." But beneath the simple profile lays a thousand details that decide the winner.

What Can We Learn from the Tirreno-Adriatico GC?

Tirreno-Adriatico marked the first time many of the Tour de France contenders were gathered together in a stage race this year. What can we learn about how July may play out based on this past week's racing?

Tirreno Stg 7: Martin Nabs Win, Nibali the Overall

Tony Martin won the final stage of Tirreno - Adriatico today, mashing his 55x11t around the 9.3km course in San Benedetto to win the concluding time trial. Behind him, Vincenzo Nibali easily held off Christopher Froome to win the GC.

Sprint Battles Continue on Tirreno Stage 3

Peter Sagan won Stage 3 of Tirreno - Adriatico today, instilling healthy fear into his rivals for a win at Milan - San Remo in another week.

Tirreno Stage 2: Goss Wins First Sprint Showdown

Today was the first big showdown between the world's best sprinters this season. What can we learn from it? Matt Goss is on form, but what else happened behind him?

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