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Thursday Roundup: from Spain to Colorado

With both the Vuelta and the US Pro Cycling Challenge underway, we take a look at the progress made by riders in these two races: The Vuelta has been heating up, with some technical finishes, late climbs, and a full-blown mountain top finish early in the three-week stage race keeping things interesting. The General Classification … Continue reading

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2011 Vuelta a Espana – On the Hot Seat

Since its move to be the last Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta has had the perhaps-unenviable position as the GT of last resort. It’s a last chance for GC contenders, teams, sprinters, and stage-hunters alike to pull in results. Its schedule just ahead of the World Championships also serve as a springboard for … Continue reading

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2011 Vuelta: Men of the Hour

This year’s Vuelta is shaping up to be an exciting race. A ripe General Classification battle is set to take place, featuring several big names who were either left out of their teams’ Tour de France selection, or crashed out in the attrition-riddled first half of the race. Let’s take a look at those from … Continue reading

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Revenge at the Vuelta?

Last month, Bradley Wiggins indicated that he would ride the Vuelta a Espana as preparation for the World Championships. It’s hard not to think that he would also be riding it as a bit of season-salvage following a disappointing Tour de France, in which he crashed out with a broken collarbone on Stage 7. A vengeange-fueled … Continue reading

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Point/Counterpoint: Gilbert v. Rodriguez

Philippe Gilbert will win Liege, and Belgium may form a government. Given his charismatic win in Brabantse Pijl, his convincing defense in Amstel Gold Race, and astonishing sprint in la Fleche Wallonne, it is natural that Gilbert is the favorite for Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Despite speculation of a weaker OmegaPharma-Lotto squad, two domestiques have been stand-outs: Jelle … Continue reading

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2011 Fleche Wallonne – Preview

Sunday’s thrilling Amstel Gold Race showed that unlike the cobbled gladiators, the hill warriors came to win, with strong teams that didn’t shy from controlling the race and chasing breaks. Despite being heavily marked, Philippe Gilbert and his OmegaPharma-Lotto team stepped up to the challenge and rode the perfect race to deliver Gilbert’s back-to-back win. … Continue reading

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