13 Total Updates since March 6, 2013
2 months ago Article 17 comments
Paris-Nice used to be the first look at the major Tour de France contenders racing together, but this year that role shifted to supposedly sunny Italy as five recent Grand Tour winners and podiums descended on the race of the two seas. Headline after headline in the cycling media touted the "Tour de France quality field." But with 3.5 months until the big show begins in Corsica, what can we learn from the past week of racing?
2 months ago Article 9 comments
Tony Martin won the final stage of Tirreno - Adriatico today, mashing his 55x11t around the 9.3km course in San Benedetto to win the concluding time trial. Behind him, Vincenzo Nibali easily held off Christopher Froome to win the overall classification and a magnificent trident trophy after his marauding rampage on yesterday's hilly stage.
2 months ago Article 190 comments
After a superb day of racing in some atrocious conditions Vincenzo Nibali took the lead and is now the man to beat in the final timetrial . Peter Sagan outclimbed some of the greats to join the decisive attack and won the stage in convincing style. All in all a day that will probably go down as one of the top races as we sum up 2013.
3 months ago Article 28 comments
Peter Sagan displayed his versatility on the third stage of Tirreno - Adriatico by winning a bunch sprint into Narni Scalo, opening up the sprint and holding off challenges from Mark Cavendish and André Greipel. Mark Cavendish still holds onto the leader's jersey.
3 months ago Article 36 comments
Looking over the start list for Tirreno - Adriatico was a who's who of just about every category of rider - GC men, classics studs, and sprinters. For the sprinters, almost all seemed to decide that riding around (supposedly) sunny Italy was far superior than suffering through echelons in France, so the stage was set for the season's first big showdown between top sprinters this season.
3 months ago Article 7 comments
Tirreno - Adriatico has traditionally started with a road stage, but in the past three editions it has followed the lead of the Giro d'Italia and eschewed this for a team time trial. The distances have been short - all, actually, between 16.8-16.9km long - and time gaps fairly small over an 18-20 minute effort. So what has the TTT added to the race? Does it have that much of an effect on the overall classification?