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Avid reader and collector of cycling magazines.

Full time nerd.

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Fignon's Criterium International Sneak Preview

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Wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, Laurent Fignon lost the final time trial of a French stage race which he had first won six years previously, and in doing so lost the race overall by eight...

Cycling History: Cipollini's Signature Sanremo Win

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2002 – Mario Cipollini began his miracle year by winning Milano-Sanremo for the first and only time.

Cycling History: Anquetil's Paris-Nice Double

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[Editors' Note: IrishPeloton has been producing some of the sport's most impressive and engaging historical posts for the Velocast series This Week in Cycling History. He's also been a regular here...

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Giro stage wins in the Rainbow Jersey

The 2012 Giro d’Italia isn’t a week old yet and Mark Cavendish has, perhaps unsurprisingly, already won two stages. But his first Grand Tour stage wins of the year are even more distinguished...

Irish Peloton Ned Boulting Interview

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I don't think it's possible to embed an audio file directly as a fanpost so thought I'd just post a link up of an interview I did with ITV cycling presenter Ned Boulting about the similarities and differences between football and cycling.....

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When is the leader of the Tour of Italy not the leader of the Tour of Italy?

Stage Three of this year’s Giro d’Italia ended in a massive crash caused by Roberto Ferrari. The two highest profile victims of the crash were the leader of the points competition Mark...

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I'm the best f******g sprinter in the world

An article appeared in Q magazine a couple of months ago about the band Coldplay. The article in question showed a human, vulnerable side to lead singer Chris Martin which doesn't usually come...

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Who is the most underwhelming Grand Tour winner?

Over the years there have been some incredible exploits in Grand Tours where one rider has dominated the entire race. The most overwhelming of these was probably the Tour de France debut of the ...

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Same old Spaniard, always cheating

Alejandro Valverde won Stage Five of the Tour Down Under last week finishing first across the line at the top of Willunga Hill, just ahead of Simon Gerrans. Contrary to what Phil Liggett would...

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Froome, Cobo, Time Bonuses and the Tour de France

In the 2011 edition of the Vuelta a Espana, Juan Jose Cobo won by a margin of just 13 seconds over runner up Chris Froome. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a report of this race anywhere which...

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What a difference a pro makes

[Ed: Fantastic discussion, thanks IP!] Eight months before the Olympic Time Trial takes place in London, Fabian Cancellara was out around Surrey doing a recon of the 44km route, as revealed in...

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The perfect cyclist - A jack of all trades

  One of the most interesting things about cycling compared to most other sports are the different disciplines that any given rider can take part in – road racing, time-trialling, mountain...

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World Champion team-mates

By winning the World Championship road race in Denmark, Mark Cavendish became only the second British rider to wear the rainbow jersey after Tom Simpson in 1965. But this coming weekend the...

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An apology to Jonathan Vaughters

A few months ago, the Garmin-Cervelo directeur sportif published a list of ten things he would do to change the sport of cycling. These suggestions ranged from rider rankings to television...

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A new world record set in the Vuelta

A world record was set yesterday. Ten stages of a cycling race in a row have been won by riders from ten different countries. This record was set when Francesco Gavazzi of Italy crossed the line...

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Merger, alliance, coalition – what a load of...

Leopard-Trek are due to merge with RadioShack to form yet another ‘superteam’ in the world of pro cycling. While it’s exciting times for all the major players in the merger such as Johan Bruyneel...

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If there's a man that has the right to be tired...

Mark Cavendish had a chance to make a bit of history this week. There have only been three riders in the history of the sport who have won a stage in all three Grand Tours in the same year,...

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The Curse of the White Jersey

There has been much made of the supposed 'Curse of the Rainbow Jersey' over the years. The story goes that the rider who becomes World Champion often has a bit of a stinker throughout his year in...

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The Tour de France 2011 by numbers

  This year's Tour has thrown up a whole feast of stats and facts. Some records were broken and others were equalled in what was an amazing three weeks of racing. I've spent the last few days...

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Green jersey points breakdown: Is the system actually geared towards Cavendish?

Stephen Roche wrote in an article yesterday that he thought it would be an interesting exercise to calculate who would be leading the green jersey competition if the intermediate sprints were...

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A hat-trick of domestique success

In the early years of the Tour de France at the beginning of the 20th century, riders were forbidden from receiving help of any kind. The most famous and extreme example of this came in 1913 when...

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Team-mates in the Tour

A fact I’ve become rather obsessed and impressed with over the last while is that Liquigas are on a run of seven straight Grand Tours in which all of their riders have finished the race. And...

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Cycling's major nations go missing

The lads at Cycle Sport magazine have been churning out a heap of articles every day during this Tour de France, all available to read online. One of them in particular caught the eye yesterday. It...

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The Tour de France for stats geeks

  Alberto Contador is aiming to win his fourth Tour de France. Should he be successful he will leave the company of Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond and be in a category of his own...

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Philip Lavery - Geared up and talented

Philip Lavery is a 20-year old Irish cyclist currently riding for the An Post-Sean Kelly team. For a number of years now he has been talked about as a future star of Irish cycling. Having seen...

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Is the Dauphiné the gateway to Tour success?

Due to its position on the cycling calendar, the Critérium du Dauphiné is perennially used as a preparation race for the Tour de France. This has been the case going all the way back to the...

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L'affaire Roche et Gadret

John Gadret and Nicolas Roche don't get on. There have been diplomatic comments coming from both of them in the past few days. Gadret has said he would be willing to work for Roche at the Tour...

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Nerdy facts from this year's Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali could have been forgiven for conceding defeat in the Giro d'Italia with a week left to race. It was quite clear after the first real mountain stage up Mount Etna that Contador was...

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And Ekimov is calling Hamilton a liar?

No doubt over the coming weeks and months, as the federal investigation into Lance Armstrong comes to a climax, there will be plenty of riders, past and present who will be asked to comment. Now ...

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Spaniards vs. Italians - Each in t'others race

The Tour de France is still waiting for a French winner. Since Bernard Hinault last delivered a home victory in 1985, the Tour has been a free for all.  It has been won by five Spaniards, two...

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