Douglas Ansel

  • joined Aug 09, 2009
  • last login Aug 22, 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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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 -...

Is This The Golden Age of American Stage Racing?


The Tour of California, Tour of Utah, and USA Pro Cycling Challenge have grown every year. Has American stage racing finally arrived on the main stage?

GP Plouay: Pozzato Back in the Winner's Circle


After a disappointing spring classics season, Filippo Pozzato came roaring back to form with a narrow sprint win in the tough GP Ouest France-Plouay.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4: Has Tejay Won?


After a skillful descent and strong climb up to the finish in Beaver Creek, Tejay van Garderen is in the driver's seat. Can he hold on?

Lachlan Morton: The Man, the Hair, Future Legend?


After a few years of promising but hidden results, Lachan Morton is shining in the big leagues. After leading the Tour of Utah for a day earlier this month, he is now leading the USA Pro Cycling...

In Thin Air: Welcome to Colorado


The USA Pro Cycling Challenge starts on Monday and provides a week's worth of high-altitude racing with some of the most stunning scenery around. Here's the lowdown.

Notes From the America Desk


We need something to fill the gap between Grand Tours - sometimes Eneco just doesn't cut it, I guess - so we have racing a plenty in America in August. And you know what? We've got a desk for that.

Le Tour Stage 21 Preview: A Twilight Crit In Paris


The racing is over, save the battle for the most revered sprint stage of them all. And what a stage it will be with ten circuits on the Champs Élysées under the lights.

Le Tour Stage 20 Preview: Last Chance Saloon


The battle to win the Tour may be over, but there will be plenty of fighting over lower positions and the climber's classification on the final summit finish of the Tour.

Le Tour Stage 19 Preview: Opportunities Abound


The second to last day in the Alpes, and opportunities to take time out of Chris Froome and other podium hopefuls are dwindling. With only a short descent to the finish, we might see some fiery...

TDF Stage 18 Preview: The Madness of l'Alpe, Twice


The Alpes are here, and in spectacular fashion with the Tour's first ever double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez. Craziness will ensue.

Le Tour Stage 17 Preview: Aero Helmets and Hills


Another stage where Froome is likely to pad his lead, but this hilly time trial ought to shake up the top ten a fair bit.

Hold On Tight, The FInal Week of the Tour is Here


Chris Froome's lead in the overall classification seems insurmountable, even if the British rider has a jour sans. But the last week should still be a thrilling one.

Cobbles to Cols: The Path of Michal Kwiatkowski


With almost unmatched versatility, Michal Kwiatkowski is a rider to watch for the future. Nay, he is a rider to watch for the present.

Le Tour Stage 13: Crosswinds, Chaos, and Cavendish


Mark Cavendish won the 25th Tour stage of his career, but his victory will be overshadowed by the work of three teams who split the race asunder in vicious crosswinds, reshuffling the GC and giving...

Is the GC Battle Over?


The GC battle is over, long live the GC battle! Or, that's what some are saying now that Chris Froome leads by 3:25 over second place after putting time into his rivals in both climbing stages and...

Le Tour Stage 12: Kittel's Hat Trick


Marcel Kittel went pedal to pedal with Mark Cavendish in the last 200m of today's sprint into Tours and came out on top of the podium for the third time in this year's Tour de France.

Le Tour Stage 11: Martin, Froome Emerge as Winners


A mixture of expected and surprise was the result of today's time trial. World Champion Tony Martin showed his pedigree, winning the stage even after crashing hard in the first week. Behind, Chris...

Le Tour Stage 10: Kittel Wins, Crash Mars Finale


Marcel Kittel proved his Stage 1 victory was no fluke or dependent on the absence of other sprinters by playing a game of patience, following the wheel of André Greipel before coming by on the...

Le Tour Stage 11 Preview: Break out the stopwatch


Time for the Chrono men to come out and play on the only true specialists TT in this year's Tour. Though, with only 33 kilometers of flat roads, changes in the overall shouldn't be too drastic.

Contenders and Pretenders: Taking Stock of the GC


After nine days of racing, Chris Froome leads the race and seems unassailable. But reducing the GC race to such a statement would be premature and presumptuous. How do things look for the next two...

TdF Stage 9: Martin Wins as Froome Left Isolated


Dan Martin, winner of this year's Liége - Bastogne - Liége, put on a clinical display of last-kilometer tactics and cool before out-sprinting Jacob Fuglsang. Behind, Movistar's pacemaking saw race...

TdF Stage 7: Sagan Finally Gets His Win


Cannondale took advantage of climbs in the middle of the stage, pressing the pace and dispatching many sprinters including Mark Cavendish, André Greipel, and Marcel Kittel. With the quickest in the...

TdF Stage 6: Greipel Leaves No Doubt


Andrei Greipel won the first stage of his Tour de France today in dominating fashion, leaving every other sprinter floundering in his wake. Daryl Impey took over the lead in the GC after finishing...

TdF Stage 6: Sprinty With a Chance of Echelons


After a few lumpy days around Corsica and a team time trial, it's time to let the sprinters do their thing for a few days. Stage 5 is a shorter affair with nary a bump to interrupt the proceedings....

Just Who Is Jan Bakelants?


A former winner of the Tour de l'Avenir, Jan Bakelants took his first professional win... by winning a stage at the Tour de France. Where has he been in the five years in between?

TdF Stage 5 Preview: Bunch Sprint? Maybe?


After leaving Corsica behind, the Tour still keeps the theme of hills before a possible sprint. It looks like a day for a heartier version of sprinter.

TdF Stg 3: Gerrans takes it with a bike throw


Simon Gerrans won the second Tour stage of his career in a photo finish with Peter Sagan, capping off an eventful final 20 kilometers of racing up and over the hills of Corsica.

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