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Clasica San Sebastián a perfect race today to start this off with. Let's do this.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 11:52 (six years ago) link

Official website:

Special as I've been living there for two months and miss it like crazy, so bring on the scenery.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 12:01 (six years ago) link

See, another reason to be envious.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:12 (six years ago) link

well that is patently unfair :)

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 July 2017 16:50 (six years ago) link

Sorry guys :)

Thought it was a good race. Didn't expect Sky to control it like they did the TdF. Poor Landa though; if he's not working for Froome he's working for Kwiatkovski.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:39 (six years ago) link

bah the only televised cycling i have right now is Tour of Utah coming up on Monday :/

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:50 (six years ago) link

NBC's thing has a couple of races they're covering this weekend -- going on vacation next week, I'll catch up with them then.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:21 (six years ago) link

Sunweb are having a lucrative summer.

Madchen, Sunday, 30 July 2017 08:19 (six years ago) link

I became aware of Coryn Rivera when she won at Redlands two years ago, and have been a fan since. It was great to see her win Flanders this year, and now being fourth in the Women's WorldTour rankings.

naus, Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:50 (six years ago) link

From the leafy trees+undergrowth and herky-jerky towns to the shitty pavement and hills, Szczyrk Poland resembles Western CT hills/Berkshires of MA of my youth waaaayy more than I woulda guessed. That finish was a pretty stern vo2 blowout, though. Sagan is there nothing you can't do?

popcorn michael awaits trumptweet (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 03:18 (six years ago) link

Looking forward to the Vuelta. Stage 17 could be like that one last year, when half the peloton didn't make the time cut.

naus, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:03 (six years ago) link

Most entertaining if so.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:08 (six years ago) link

Vuelta is going to be great.

Had an eye on the Burgos Vuelta, too. Landa won it so, so easily.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 6 August 2017 21:25 (six years ago) link

Vuelta is going to be Bertie's last race, here's hoping for one last crazy attack up a mountain

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 7 August 2017 12:04 (six years ago) link

Watching the Colorado Classic because why not. GREAT setting for sure.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:09 (six years ago) link

Sanchez out of the Vuelta, probably out of cycling forever, due to doping.

naus, Friday, 18 August 2017 05:12 (six years ago) link

Well that'll do ya

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 August 2017 05:26 (six years ago) link

Anyway, who's watching the Vuelta? Yesterday's ending was fun but today's was definitely the best stage so far, great final 10 K or so.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:26 (six years ago) link

Started watching today, and yes the last 10km were great. Have to hand it to Froome fighting for every second from the get go. Saw him post race saying "I once lost the Vuelta on 13 seconds, I do not want that to happen again." Vuelta is such a different beast than the TdF, you can't imagine a stage like this one being just the third stage of a tour. Madness ensues.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:33 (six years ago) link

Yeah the Vuelta's relative unfamiliarity to me -- this is only the second one I've seen -- makes it really interesting in terms of the dynamics at play. Things seem a lot more up in the air day by day.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:35 (six years ago) link

TdF's so much more controlled. First week you get sprints, second week the climbing starts, third week is rough(-ish) climbing, a sprint, and time trial, and hello Paris. Not taking anything away from it, but the Vuelta is just completely unpredictable every single year. There is no 'build up' of stages. It makes it way more difficult for teams like Sky to control the race. You picked a good Vuelta to follow because this years is particularly brutal. Eight, nine stages finishing up hill? Parts with 23% going up? Can't make it up.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:44 (six years ago) link

I'm not a big Froome fan, but loved to see him go for it. On just the third day! The Vuelta is an individual race in the end, not a team race like the TdF.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 21 August 2017 23:46 (six years ago) link

Froome in 2011 vs Cobo is still the most hilarious thing I've watched except for flandis' solo tdf escapade. It was like, a _pacific rim_ level duel. It's Also when froome went from on the border of being cut from sky to the greatest star since Armstrong, almost overnight.

Hmmm Horner in 13 vuelta on angliru, was as hilarious, but less haha.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 01:50 (six years ago) link

nb comparing froome and horner to those others is not intended as an implication of anything- vuelta is legit my favorite gt viewing.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 02:15 (six years ago) link

holy crap lutsenko is a house

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:39 (six years ago) link

just looked over the course maps and...i don't see how any sprinters could even make it to the flat final day.

fun finish today, everyone just pounding themselves tryna stay in the picture. kudus trying to catch lutsenko looked brave. woods is still my favorite "story," as a 30 y/o who came out of elite running who's coming good in the protour, it's more than amazing.

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:30 (six years ago) link

holy crap lutsenko is a house

Pretty great ending there yeah. Today's was fun, those three were being cagey all the way along.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:38 (six years ago) link

Great victory by Alaphillipe there -- that was one wild finish.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:58 (six years ago) link

love this

Adam Hansen meets 92-year-old Bernardo Ruiz, 1948 #Vuelta winner and previous holder of the record of most consecutive Grand Tours ridden

— The Cycling Podcast (@cycling_podcast) August 27, 2017

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 August 2017 11:52 (six years ago) link

Hadn't seen that, fantastic!

committee on mindset metastructure (Hunt3r), Sunday, 27 August 2017 12:13 (six years ago) link

Just read this interview with Chaves. Damn, what a guy! He's got so much respect it's impossible to dislike him or do anything other than give respect back.

naus, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:09 (six years ago) link

Also love Hansen and the fact that he wrote the logistics software for Lotto.

naus, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:16 (six years ago) link

lol race go boom see ya next year. lopez looked amaaaazing though. and bmc has two huge sads.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:45 (six years ago) link

Yeah that was a fantastic finish yesterday. But yes, main race pretty much done and dusted I figure. I'll just watch for the crazy landscapes; the Benidorm stage...I get it now.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:44 (six years ago) link

This looks like a difficult day in store, even before they reach the Alto de l'Angliru.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 12:28 (six years ago) link

Sure does. Wish I had had more time to watch this last week, but didn't (just three mins of highlights every night, it didn't feel like enough). Will be watching today though.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 14:25 (six years ago) link

Finish line right now, oof:

Finish podium Angliru #LV2016. Now 6.5°C but it can get better.

— Philippe Maertens (@philmaertens) September 9, 2017

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 14:28 (six years ago) link

Watching this descent through my fingers, absolutely brutal.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:08 (six years ago) link

I'll need to catch up on this! But wow, sounds crazy.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:32 (six years ago) link

Absolutely amazing performance from Contador.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:46 (six years ago) link

Amazingly Froome has shaved half a minute from Contador in the past few minutes.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 September 2017 15:53 (six years ago) link

That. Was. In. Sane.

One of the most beautiful finales I've ever seen. What a brutal climb, and what a joy to see Contador win his last race ever.

Amazingly Froome has shaved half a minute from Contador in the past few minutes.

That was mostly Poels tbh :) Got Wiggins/Froome flashbacks there - and not for the first time - when Poels seemed stronger than his captain.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 9 September 2017 16:07 (six years ago) link

hats off to Bertie, what a way to go out

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:51 (six years ago) link

Yeah what a great ride by Contador, and he's been surprisingly strong for the last few days. I know he's controversial and everything but I don't think anyone can take this away from him.

On a more humdrum level I stood out in the rain in Moreton-in-Marsh to watch the riders go by in the Tour of Britain today

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:59 (six years ago) link

Pro cycling is a little easier to watch now that I don't feel the need to care about whether what I see is on the level. That sounds like snide BS, but whatevs. Before I def didn't think it was all on the level, but I actually cared about that aspect of sport, and wanted to feel like the winner was clean. I think it's a worthwhile objective and testing should continue, but it's all in the game to me now. I sorta just wanna see people suffer and try and succeed or fail, and not get injured. I'd tell any of them to their faces I didn't believe there's a way to reliably know if anyone's clean, and the necessary power/weight numbers are clearly pointing to no fuckin way. but nice job. if u get busted, I'll believe that too. Ha tl;dr post.

felix! phelix! ghelix! (Hunt3r), Saturday, 9 September 2017 22:19 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Another year in rainbow stripes for Sagan.

naus, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:19 (six years ago) link

didn't even seem to be in that great of shape to win this.

Luckily Bergen looked absolutely amazing. At least, until the tv cameras crashed with 2-3 km to go.

Ludo, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:23 (six years ago) link

Bergen looked the part indeed! The crashing cameras were p hilarious tbh. Waiting till the finish cam picked them up and the commentators despairing was oddly... soothing?

Couldn't see enough of todays race due to work. Dumoulin had a blast this week with two titles. October 7th, Lombardia, is in my planner in capitals.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:29 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

"My asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my salbutamol dosage."

sure I'm being naive here but if his asthma was deteriorating wouldn't responsible medical advice be to pull out of the race?

But doctor, I am Camille Paglia (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:06 (five years ago) link

For the first time ever I'll actually be watching the coverage. At least, as I can.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:56 (two years ago) link

Ganna absolutely monstering the Giro TT, decent ride by Remco too

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 8 May 2021 15:05 (two years ago) link

Man was that ever a sweet run by Van Der Hoorn today, and his energy at the end! Best posi-vibes.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 May 2021 20:47 (two years ago) link

Good cycling name: Remco. Great cycling name: Taco.

Hunt3r, Monday, 10 May 2021 22:22 (two years ago) link

loved Taco, incredulous at his win, dropping an f-bomb on the live broadcast.

bulb after bulb, Monday, 10 May 2021 22:56 (two years ago) link

that was nice to see, didn't expect that sorta reappearance by dombro.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 15:59 (two years ago) link

yeh happy for Joe, always comes across as a nice guy on the ol' podcasts

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:01 (two years ago) link

Yup, that was a real treat!

Solid for Ewan there today, he thrives at those last minute moves.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 20:32 (two years ago) link

And again for Ewan, amazing. But what a sad bow out for Dombrowski the other day!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 May 2021 21:39 (two years ago) link

Re: Joe D.— As a newb to amateur racing as relative a pup, the best/most comforting post-race comment i ever got from a veteran (who was maybe 25 y/o!) was “bike racing is stupid.” I have had no contact with dude for 25+ yrs, but i can still hear it in his voice.

i cant even imagine what these pros have seen.

Hunt3r, Friday, 14 May 2021 21:47 (two years ago) link

Well that was a wild stage today.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 May 2021 00:04 (two years ago) link

I take it back, THIS was the wild stage of the Giro, at least at the end.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 21:28 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

So hey, La Vuelta kicks in tomorrow!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 August 2021 20:53 (two years ago) link

seeing Euskaltel–Euskadi in their orange kit at the start line, all will feel right with the world, at least for a moment

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 13 August 2021 21:22 (two years ago) link

Finally caught a stage finish and was glad I did! Chaotic camera coverage up that final hill but such cool scenery looking over the water, and great racing to boot! Excited for the mountains.

tomorrow, Thursday, 19 August 2021 20:17 (two years ago) link

Can someone recommend a daily podcast. I’m back on the cycling podcast and and ready to commit murder the next time I hear Daniel Friebe say ‘chaps’ again.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 19 August 2021 20:39 (two years ago) link

xpost Just caught the end here on the replay, that was nuts. Hell of a way to win. Carapaz is not having a good run of it here.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 August 2021 23:53 (two years ago) link

Well THAT was an unexpected stage result today.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 August 2021 00:57 (two years ago) link

Stellar win by Bardet today but man, Jay Vine coming in third after that crash and Eiking still holding onto red damn well, crazy.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 28 August 2021 23:10 (two years ago) link

This Vuelta has proved again to be the most fun GT to watch imo. The Champoussin win yesterday was great- they let him go, he stuck it for pro-win-1 while appearing on the verge of crashing the bike from his efforts. And what a fantastic parcours for the penultimate stage of a GT. As good as any Ardennes classic, with the skinny gc boys trying to attack their ways onto podium slots. Again and again, dynamic as fuck.

But the Vuelta had lots of interesting dramas, great efforts, if perhaps too few stage winners.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 5 September 2021 19:02 (two years ago) link

True on all fronts but so satisfying, what a great Grand Tour, and neat to have it finish somewhere else for once, albeit for bleh reasons.

Storer was kinda my revelation.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:06 (two years ago) link

My HS spanish teacher who was one of my heroes and advisors was from Santiago de Compostela, I kept thinking of her. Looks grand.

Hunt3r, Monday, 6 September 2021 00:23 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

First ever womens roubaix was an absolute classic, Lizzy Deignan on an 85km break (fuck the clowns for not showing it from the gun.). She won a rock almost too heavy to lift.

Men’s race has just got going and the conditions are absolutely minging.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 3 October 2021 09:10 (one year ago) link

Did you see her managing to stay upright during the wobbly skid? Amazing bike work!

Madchen, Sunday, 3 October 2021 11:37 (one year ago) link

this is brutal but I can't stop watching :/

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 3 October 2021 11:54 (one year ago) link

Absolutely epic

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Sunday, 3 October 2021 21:10 (one year ago) link

one of the best races i've ever seen

gbx, Monday, 4 October 2021 20:17 (one year ago) link

For the men’s race, I’ve only been able to watch some of the clips on but holy crap wet Paris-Roubaix is insane. And if I’m not mistaken the entire podium was all first-timers to the race?

john shopkins (naus), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 02:22 (one year ago) link

yah, and second was basically a neopro

gcn has highlights available on youtube i believe

gbx, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 03:43 (one year ago) link

gbx, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 14:50 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Oof! Biniam Girmay out of the Giro following a Prosecco cork directly to the eye during yesterday’s podium celebration

john shopkins (naus), Thursday, 19 May 2022 01:25 (one year ago) link

Own goal but so so wrong and annoying. I hope he wasn’t injured for more than v short recovery. #cagecorksnow

The Hon. Christian Sharia (R - MO) (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 May 2022 02:19 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Catching up but yeah what a terrible thing to have happen! Hope to see him back soon.

Giro as a whole was pretty good this year I thought, a couple of boring stages aside. And to have it come down to essentially the next to last day, works for me! Also Bora happily moving into a post-Sagan phase.

Bring on the Dauphine, need to recheck who is racing this time out...

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 June 2022 20:11 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

A meltdown from Nick Kyrgios after losing in the US Open quarterfinal!

— Third and Five Podcast (@thirdandfivepod) September 7, 2022

#LaVuelta22 luego de su aparatosa caida en la etapa 16 el esloveno Primoz Roglic no presenta lesiones graves certificado médico emitido por la sanidad de la vuelta

— 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐒á𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐳 (@JORSTA) September 6, 2022

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 7 September 2022 17:56 (one year ago) link

Christ I've been so busy I keep forgetting to check on La Vuelta. Bad of me!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:00 (one year ago) link

Watch the final 5 clicks of yesterday, all ya needs for st 16. It’s quite amaze short climb finish to flat/rolly day.

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:03 (one year ago) link

gutted for Rog, guy has terrible luck

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 7 September 2022 20:39 (one year ago) link

I am as impressed by his demeanor, dignity, perseverance as his great power profile. Maybe more. He’s incredibly tough— but almost all those guys are.

It’s easy to say “how boring, whatever,” but you know what’s easier? acting like that tennis ahole above.

*chorus*: ask hunt3r how he knows!

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 7 September 2022 20:57 (one year ago) link

"Everything was going to plan. I confess that I, like so many others, in some way needed him to win — to pull through so I could imitate him in pulling through."

"According to Addy Engels, his DS, after crossing the line, Roglič was barely responsive. Like a living pietà, he sat down wounded against the barriers, and then everyone knew — there was nothing left."

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Friday, 9 September 2022 03:04 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Well that was a lot of fun! Van der Poel fell off his bike right in front of the restaurant where Stet and I had our first date lol.

Madchen, Sunday, 6 August 2023 15:45 (one month ago) link

that's pretty wild. the race was extremely legit imo, what a crazy and difficult circuit set-up they had. more turns than crit, and hard enough to keep the field shattered.

toenail fungus (Hunt3r), Sunday, 6 August 2023 19:58 (one month ago) link

I think I loved it, the way it turned into a crazy sort of devil-take-the-hindmost. Very glad it didn’t rain any more than it did.

Madchen, Sunday, 6 August 2023 20:01 (one month ago) link

for me wout vs mvdp is like the jonas vs pog vs rog: why choose?

Each is distinguishable and amazing and imo very “sporting,” which is nice to an old. I rarely say this but I’m glad to be an overall cycling fan, and just to watch.

Do I have preferences? Sure— in grand tours, I like the current versh Pog. He is ridiculously daring and “in-the-moment.”Second place— Rog, so classy and brave and smart and good.

In one days? I go for mvdp, for the same reasons lol. But also i am a core cx fan, and mvdp’s ownership of the: skills vs “exercise contest” portion of that sub-discipline is persuasive to me. NB they’re both great at both obv.

toenail fungus (Hunt3r), Sunday, 6 August 2023 23:42 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Congrats to Colorado’s own Sepp Kuss for winning La Vuelta today!

Michael F Gill, Monday, 18 September 2023 02:26 (six days ago) link

Wow! I had to miss coverage because my vacation last week, couldn't make up the time, but that's great to hear.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 September 2023 03:18 (six days ago) link

Impressively nice and friendly guy, with a v v remarkable physiology and mindset.

Also very cheering to see like, all of cycling recognize all of these things in Kuss with applause and appreciation.

you need magical thinking ay my name is david blaine (Hunt3r), Monday, 18 September 2023 16:09 (six days ago) link

Kind of a relief: a few days before the end it looked like his dastardly team mates were going to repay his years of selfless service by stealing it off him.

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Monday, 18 September 2023 20:32 (six days ago) link

Yeah the Defector piece about this today was not exactly sparing of the other two.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 September 2023 20:59 (six days ago) link

very unique scenario; how often does a team have three legitimate GC threats and have them all come to fruition in a single grand tour, let alone three in a year.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 18 September 2023 22:54 (six days ago) link

Unless I've mis-researched, Kuss was the only rider to complete all three Grand Tours this year (Luis León Sánchez of Astana started them all, but did not finish the Tour) – and all with top-15 finishes (14-12-1)!

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 19 September 2023 08:10 (five days ago) link

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