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Avid reader and collector of cycling magazines.

Full time nerd.

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The Giro d'Italia and the Maglia Rosa

To the first Grand Tour of the year and the race of the cycling connoisseur: the Giro d’Italia and some rather lovely nuggets of cycling trivia… It is the fourth year out of five in which the...

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The best recipe for Giro success

Lance Armstrong gets a hard time. He is regularly accused of something he didn’t do. He is renowned for doing it, he is blamed for others having subsequently copied him doing it but he...

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Oh, to be a cycling fan

Cycling is a peculiar sport. It's difficult to explain to the non-enthusiast. Do you start with the difference between stage races and one-day races? Do you explain why, despite winning the most...

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A world class stage racer should be winning stage races

He has finished on the podium of the Tour de France. He has finished on the podium of the Giro d'Italia. He has won the best young rider's jersey in both the Tour and the Giro. He is one of the...

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Is the Three Days of De Panne three days too many?

Over the past number of days, I’ve had a couple of conversations with people, debating whether riders who are serious about the Tour of Flanders should be riding the Three Days of De Panne. It...

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The Superteam is Falling Flat

'Perhaps no single squad has had as much talent ready for Paris-Roubaix since Mapei in 2000'. Well, so says April's Pro Cycling magazine alongside a photograph of Garmin-Cervelo's trinity of...

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Milan San Remo Trivia Special

Matt Goss's victory in Milan San Remo came after one of the most exciting races in recent years. It also threw up many an interesting fact to keep us sad anoraks occupied and amused. It was the...

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Jonathan Vaughters' Public Relations Battle

Jonathan Vaughters is a former professional cyclist. He is the CEO of Slipstream Sports. He is the current team manager of Garmin-Cervelo. He is the president of the International Association of...

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The Implications of Youthful Success

The age of the riders that are winning races this year is remarkable. The ProTeam rider with the most wins in 2011 is Peter Sagan (21) with four, closely followed by Matthew Goss (24) and Cameron...

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The decisions behind the decisions

Fortunately for the sport of cycling, the ongoing race radio debate didn't manifest itself as a rider strike last weekend. This allowed the riders to do what they are paid to do; cycle their...

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The Cobbled Curtain Raiser

For the eager cycling fan, the start of the season is marked these days by the Tour Down Under in January. Others consider the true season opener to be the Paris-Nice stage race in mid-March. For...

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Doubling up with Yellow and Green

  Although it's still very early in the season, team managers will have most of their Tour de France team decided already. There may be room for one or two changes if particular riders show...

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Ricco: A doper's life in quotes

In the wake of the news that Riccardo Ricco has been admitted to hospital with kidney problems due to a self-administered blood transfusion, the following are a collection of quotes from Ricco...

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Where's all the team time trials gone?

The Tour of Qatar got underway this past weekend, but instead of the team time trial which has been part of the race since 2007, the opening day was a 2.5km individual prologue time trial....

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The search for a home victory

One thing about the recent Tour Down Under which is apparent when reviewing the results is just how Australian they all are. Cameron Meyer won the overall prize and a stage, Matthew Goss finished...

Kimmage/Landis Interview Transcript

A transcript of Paul Kimmage's interview with Floyd Landis which led to yesterday's article in the Sunday Times, originally posted on nyvelocity.com Editor's Note: Link changed to the original NY Velocity post

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The future of Irish cycling is in good hands

While Ireland now have four professional cyclists at the top level of the sport, the presence of Irish riders in the world of cycling does not end there. This is thanks in no small part to the An...

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Move over Frank Schleck

The future of Alberto Contador still hangs in the balance. A decision by the Spanish Cycling Federation is expected some time between next week and the middle of February. Ultimately, after the...

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Irish riders prepare for big year ahead

The 2011 cycling season is already underway as the sprinters dominate in the Tour Down Under in South Australia. Closer to home though, the four Irish riders currently competing in the...

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Minor Races mean Aggressive Racing

The last ten days have been hard for two reasons. Firstly, having recently moved house I was without the Internet for the most prolonged period of my life since the 1990s, it was almost...

Graham Watson at it again

@gerardvroomen hmm..sorry, but I cannot see 80 women racing across the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix!

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Liquigas Make History in 2010

In 2010, Liquigas didn't win the Tour de France, they didn't win any classics and none of their riders won medals at the World Championships, and yet they have had a remarkable year for two main...

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The Impressionability of Youth

Recently I came across an exchange between cycling writer Shane Stokes and former doper Joe Papp on twitter. The conversation was to do with the possibility of declaring an amnesty on doping in...

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Junior to Pro: A Tough Transition

(I've had this article half written for a while now, but it kind of ties in with Chris's recent post on How Do You Spot the Next Big Thing?). At the 1998 World Championships in Valkenburg, the...

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World Champions in Paris Roubaix

Thor Hushovd won the World Championship Road Race in Australia this year with a powerful sprint finish to win from a 20-man group. In doing so he became the first Scandinavian to wear the Rainbow...

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A bad year for Philip Deignan

The past year has not been a good one for Irish cyclist Philip Deignan. After winning a stage and finishing 9th overall at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana, a combination of illness and injury scuppered...

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Cyclo-Cross is Great!

(The following is as much an appeal for information as it is an imparting of knowledge. If I’ve made any glaring errors (or indeed, any minor errors) please let me know, as I’m on a steep...

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2010 Teams Review - Part 2

Continuing on from last week's post on how each cycling team fared when their stated top three goals for the year are considered, here's the remainder of the teams: HTC-Columbia 1. Cavendish to...

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2010 Teams Review

I picked up the March 2010 issue of Cycle Sport the other day, it was the season preview issue. In it, each of the major cycling teams, via one of the team managers, laid down three major...

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It all started with a win

  I know an Arsenal fan, who for years, has bemoaned Arsene Wenger's attitude towards the last few Champion's League group games once Arsenal have just about qualified. When Arsenal reach nine...

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