The 'Race To The Snow' or 'Sun' whichever you prefer, has seen a continued domination via Tom Boonen in the sprinters' stages and Floyd Landis when it really counts. This year's race has been anything but boring with constant attacking, reshuffling, and even more attacking. With only two days remaining, the 2006 Paris-Nice is Floyd's to lose.
Yes folks, it's time for the “Race to the Snow”, or was that “Race to the Sun”. If you are worried about global warming, a trip to the Paris-Nice will convince you that it might not be so bad … as Boonen is still hot from the desert, and Floyd brought some California ‘heat’ to warm the first 4 days.
How many roads must a man sprint down? The answer is blowin in the wind… Tornado Tom Boonen blasted one final win today, taking 4 of 5 stages and the overall at the Tour of Qatar. Not too shabby…
Today’s 144 km stage from Al Zubarah to Qatar Olympic Committee ran close to the sea most of the way. And finally, someone else won in Qatar! The linguistically talented Bernhard Eisel nicked both Boonen and Zabel for his first win of the season.
Starting at 50 m, arriving at 30m, with the high point in between at 490, Stage 8 is a sprinters dream. Some riders might be taking it easy, in anticipation of tomorrow’s ITT.
The day we’ve all been waiting for, the day with two ascensions of the Sestriere and the famous half off-road climb of the Finestre has finally arrived!
The incredible Ivan Parra of Selle-Italia Colombia won his second stage in a row, Stage 14, a 210 km mountain stage between Egna and Livigno while Savoldelli narrowly kept his overall lead.
Giro Stage 13 was the second real mountain stage, running 218 km between Mezzocorona and Ortisei. Things got really shook up today, with Basso faltering and Savoldelli showing his stuff, and I bit off most of my fingernails with all the tension!
Today’s 11th stage of the Giro, from Marostica to Zoldo Alto, was 150km in the Dolomites. It was the first real test of the climbers, and man was the action hot!
US National Time Trial Champion Dave Zabriskie showed his stuff today in the Giro stage 8, winning the Individual Time Trial of 45 km with a smoking time of 58 :31.
Well, the boys were in for a long one today! The stage ran from Grosetto to Pistioa for a total of 211 km. It was a gray day in Italy, but it wasn’t raining and the riders rolled in shorts and short sleeves. One has to believe that Fassa would be doing everything possible to redeem themselves for their lack of performance over the last few days.
The Giro d’Italia got off to its true start on today’s double holiday, Mother’s day in the USA, and the Anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. Under sunny skies on what would normally be a sprinter’s stage, an Italian champion surprised the favorites.
The young Swede Thomas Lцvkvist is starting his second year as a pro at FD Jeux, and has already made quite a name for himself, with 4 victories including the Circuit de la Sarthe, and this week a 12th at Paris-Nice. We talked to him before his 2005 season started…
Credit Lyonnais... The major sponsor of le Tour de France, and the folks that gave us the Lion and present the Yellow Jersey. But what's the story behind this enterprise and their connection to the biggest event in pro cycling? We wanted to know more, so we asked for an interview...
In early December, "Club des Supporters de l'equipe cycliste de La Franзaise des Jeux" held a charity ride outside of Paris with the team, to support a handicapped sports program in France. Even with the cold, it was a great chance to meet some of the riders and join 600+ locals for a nice spin in the country…
When there’s no racing to keep us busy, we pop-cult journos turn our eyes to other matters, like how green is the grass on the other side of the fence. Or in this case, how much money can you win at the Tour de France?
Typically the off-season is the best time to talk to riders – they’re relaxed and easier to find. Still, at big events like the 2005 Tour de France Route presentation, there’s so much going on that you’re lucky to get even one question in – let alone the 5 minutes we got with French sprinter Jimmy Caspar…