• Holby City

    Unmistakable Passo Gavia :-)

    I’m sure Sagan will revert to black shorts soon. He can pull anything off though the bad ass.

    • Michele

      I’m a big Sagan fan … I even think he might struggle to pull this off.

    • Simon Bird

      I’d read somewhere the UCI only allows white or team issue shorts for the rainbow jersey wearer. If that’s true, then in Sagan’s case it’s very much the lesser of two evils.

      • Phillip Mercer

        I just hope Saxo go to black shorts next season then…

      • Michele

        You’re right .. although there is a bit of leeway with inverting colors.

        Cadel wore the bands both with Lotto [for one race??] and with BMC. I think this worked. Better than all white knicks. Surely Saxon can work something out similar. Have white sections on the side and black text.

        • Dave

          Both those examples are adaptations of the team kit at the time.

          I’d like to see the ‘training’ camo kit shorts with the rainbow jersey, even if the rest of the team is in the visually offensive flour kit.

          The UCI is generally very bad at writing rules that are measurable and enforceable, so there’s plenty of wiggle room to work with.

    • Dave

      Champion’s shorts will be essential if he intends on wearing leaders’ jerseys of various types during the year.

    • DocAdrianG

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  • Gavin Adkins

    That descent by Nibali is something else. In 20 something years of watching road racing, I can’t recall a chase group having been made to look so flat footed.

    • Michele

      I’m still impressed with Sammy Sanchez from 2006 Vuelta – though Nibbles surpasses this:

      SS descent wasn’t as technical – but great to see racing like this.

      • Voltz

        Full Gas Samu!

    • Winky

      Yes, the footage of the chasers looked like slo-mo.

  • Nathan Hosking

    Nay on the white shorts, for the only reason that it takes emphasis away from the jersey.

  • Simon

    I don’t mind the white shorts as the guy has the physique and panache to do them justice. I question the black shoes though.

  • Michele

    Re: Nibbles descent – brilliant.

    Probably the most dare-devil aspect to it was contending with the moto bikes. Have they got any idea? There was no way Nibali was ever going to be able to get on the inside of that bike, even if he wanted to.

    • Dave

      The best thing about Nibbles going downhill is that he corners for the exit. Maximising the exit speed allows the minimising the energy spent in accelerating on the next straight, or for him to get greater speed while spending the same energy as a rider who gets a poor exit speed. Heisted

      Compare that to Peter Sagan, who is a bit more spectacular to watch but not so effective because he goes deep into corners with heaps of useless entry speed and gets bogged down on the exit. Had he cornered for the exit on the descent into Gap in this year’s Tour, he could have either caught Ruben Plaza on the descent or had enough in the tank to finish off the chase on the flat.

      Nibbles vs Sagan on the descents is like Alain Prost vs Ayrton Senna, or Glenn McGrath vs Brett Lee.

  • Dave C

    Theres a quick check in professional cycling when it comes to descending. If Pinot can keep up, your not descending fast enough.
    Also chapeau to Diego Rosa too for getting on the front of the group down the descent to disrupt the chase, perfect team mates ride.

    • jules

      blocking is racing :)

      • Michele

        Unless you’re on an ascent in the Giro d’Italia Feminine :)

        • jules

          there’s blocking and there’s blocking.. I was talking about blocking. not.. blocking :)

  • Abdu

    Nibali is good, but he’s no Paolo Salvodelli…

    • Michele

      I think he’s the best since Paolo.

      Il Falcon was simply amazing – some great YouTube footage of him too.

  • Sean Doyle

    Oh my, Lizzie!


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