Cavendish Makes It Happen On Stage 5

The diminutive sprinter from the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish of the Columbia team, won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 232km ride between Cholet and Chateauroux on Wednesday. Germany’s Stefan Schumacher of Gerolsteiner holds the overall leader’s yellow jersey with Cavendish teammate, Kim Kirchen in second slot. Cavendish won a sprint […]

Deals On Wheels: ASO & AEG At Le Tour

AEG Exec VP Andrew Messick (pictured right, above) was at Le Tour Wednesday to meet with ASO executives to discuss the recent strategic alliance between the American sports marketing and entertainment firm and Amaury Sport Organisation, owners of the Tour de France. Messick, a former NBA exec who handled international business for the basketball league […]

Soler Out, Valverde Down At Tour de France

2007 Tour De France “King of the Mountains” Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) of Colombia abandoned Stage 5 of the Tour De France in Cholet early on to end his 2008 Tour. Soler, who rides for the UK-registered Barloworld team, has a suspected fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist from a crash on the […]

Kim Kirchen’s Team Columbia Giant TT Prototype

Giant Bicycle’s Team Technical Mananger Andy Wollny had the most radical new bike at the Tour De France hidden behind the Team Columbia bus but we coaxed out old friend to roll out Giant’s new super TT rig for a sneak peak. We had 10 minutes until Kim Kirchen headed out for a warm-up so […]

Sprinters Look For A Stage Win Wednesday In Chateauroux

Wednesday’s Tour De France Stage 5 from Cholet to Chateauroux may offer a thrilling sprint finish like Stage 1 to Plumelec. Ahead of Thursday’s potentially hazardous racing terrain, sprinters like Thor Hushovd,  Robbie McEwen, Mark Cavendish and Gert Steegmans are looking to finally dispute a bunch sprint. McEwen, a 12-time Tour stage winner and his […]

The Brit’s Get Flicked

“Stage four of the 2008 Tour de France provided another completely unpredictable end to the daily proceedings. Stefan Schumacher, who has never factored in the time trial standings, put in a dominant performance of very Lance Armstrongish style and it highlights the question of the moment ? who has timed their season fitness to peak […]

Bobke’s Daily Call In: Stage 4

“Stage four of the 2008 Tour de France provided another completely unpredictable end to the daily proceedings. Stefan Schumacher, who has never factored in the time trial standings, put in a dominant performance of very Lance Armstrongish style and it highlights the question of the moment ? who has timed their season fitness to peak […]

Schumacher’s Surprise Win: “Everybody Dreams of This Jersey”

Germany’s Stefan Schumacher of the Gerolsteiner team shocked the pundits today in Cholet and grabbed the overall leader’s yellow jersey after winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, a 29.5km time-trial. The time trial was littered with leg-burning, short climbs and fast descents with three or four roundabouts that caused the […]

No Bonus Is Bogus

The revolutionary time bonus, rather the elimination of the time bonus system in this year’s Tour de France had a warm-up act in the Tour of Pennsylvania this past June. The organizers there also had the idea of riders having to race purely for time, without the distraction and confusion of bonuses. Problem was that […]

Will Frischkorn For President

We had heard that Will was going to try and get into some breaks and being a young team, Garmin-Chipotle really isn’t setup to contend for the GC crown (unless there’s a Christian Vande Velde miracle), so when former mountain biker Will Frischkorn got in the break on stage three, the American journalists in the […]

Fitchburg vs. The Tour de France

I’m in the midst of a full day of travel from Massachsetts to Oregon as I write this. In truth, my “day” of travel is quite a bit longer than that; we finished up the 49th annual Fitchburg Longsjo Classic four-day stage race in central Massachusetts Sunday afternoon, frantically packed everything from a week of […]

The New American & The Badger Strikes Back!

‘The weather has remained miserable and everyone is still waiting for the Tour to hit its stride weather wise. ‘Today was a really cool stage. On paper it looked like a typical sprinters festival. In actuality, it turned out to be one of the most exciting stages in a long time. Recently the Tour de […]

Samuel Dumoulin Holds On For The Win

Sometimes breakaways stick and Stage Three of the Tour de France saw four riders off the front for most of the day, including American rider, Will Frischkorn of Garmin-Chipotle. The final few kilometers were filled with multiple attacks, but it was Samuel Dumoulin of Cofidis who crossed the line first ahead of Frischkorn to take […]

Pozatto Pumped, Next Stop Uncertain

Liquigas rider Fillippo Pozatto was thinking like Oakland Raiders boss Al Davis when he followedhis former Mapei U23 teammate Fabian Cancellara’s attack in the final kilometer in Saint-Brieuc yesterday. ‘I just have to win (baby)’, Pippo told Road Bike Action this morning at the cool, windy Stage 3 start in Saint-Malo. Pozatto won a Tour […]