Chris Fontecchio

Editor and Founder

Founded the Podium Cafe in 2006. Obsesses over cobblestone racing. Not averse to a beer, thank you very much.


Cobbles Wrap: Top Team Breakdowns!

Trying to build off of my "halfway home" assessment of the teams, below are some thoughts about who accomplished what of their stated goals for Cobbles Season, limited to the teams you're probably...

Brabantse Pijl Preview: A Fun Change of Pace

asd What's New? This is a fairly well-settled course each year, starting in Leuven, a city of no great importance (unless you like beer), and ending atop the Schavei in Overijse, just southeast...

FSA Directeur Sportif: Who Won the Cobbles?

We all know who won the races, but now let's look at the *real* story... who unexpectedly surged up the FSA DS points list.

Terpstra Steals the Thunder in Roubaix

Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Niki Terpstra soloed away from a hesitant and exhausted final group with 6km remaining in the race to win this year's Paris-Roubaix all alone. Terpstra was late to join...


Compiegne - Roubaix 257 km Thw Queen of the Classics, the most savage of the monuments. A race for big guys and specialists and also the favorite race of the year for a great many. Riders are...

Paris-Roubaix Friday Pick-em Grab Bag

Is there anything more played out now than pictures of riders warming up on the course of one of the major classics? It seems like not long ago when only the local medium could be counted on to...

Paris-Roubaix Preview: One Man Against Them All

The Cobbles Season effectively comes to an end Sunday, which is my way of saying that Brabantse Pijl doesn't have enough cobbles for my tastes. Does anything? Well yes. This race does. P...

Scheldeprijs Preview: Throwing Sprinters a Bone

The Scheldeprijs is a flattish 200km mid-week classic run up near Antwerp, and passing pretty close to Tom Boonen's hometown of Mol. It's a nice way of spreading the sport's love all around the...

Notes From the Cobbles Desk

Rider of the Day: Such a category will always, in any race, have numerous nominees, particularly in a seven-hour slog like de Ronde. You could nominate that Stig Broeckx dude for powering the...

Cancellara Repeats Flanders Glory; Belgians Beaten

Fabian Cancellara of Trek outlasted a trio of Belgians in the final meters to win his second consecutive and third overall Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Swiss star sealed the deal by the narrowest of...

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