Interviews

’Cross the pond: How European cyclocross pros spent their week in the United States

How did the Europeans who came over to the the U.S. for the Las Vegas and Iowa City World Cups — and, in some cases, Wisconsin as well — spend their time in the States? We caught up with a few of them last weekend to ask about their time in the U.S. Here’s what …

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Calls made for WADA to examine Wiggins TUE corticosteroid controversy

First Bradley Wiggins and then Dave Brailsford broke long silences in recent days, insisting that they did nothing wrong. The duo were speaking separately in relation to the administration of three corticosteroid injections before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia, Wiggins’ prime targets in each of those seasons. Their …

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Turning point: Taylor Phinney on purpose, changing teams, and the unbearable heaviness of invisible weight

Taylor Phinney sits alone, stooping to take up a spot atop the drinks cooler outside the BMC Racing team bus. His teammates are all inside, taking the time between the Tour of Britain’s split stages in Bristol to rest, relax, and recover, away from the fans milling around outside. Phinney wouldn’t be alone for long. …

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Building for worlds, Dempster at a career crossroads: ‘It’s a pretty scary moment’

Whatever happens next, whichever way things go, Zak Dempster knows that big changes are coming. The Australian has been part of the same cycling family since 2013, racing as part of NetApp Endura and Bora-Argon 18. That era is ending and there will be one of two outcomes. The first is that one of the …

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A chat with the champ: Wout Van Aert, on top of the world in Las Vegas

It’s good to be Wout Van Aert. The best cyclocross racer on the planet, Van Aert is a Belgian super talent dominating a discipline of cycling beloved nowhere more than in his homeland. Adorned in the rainbow jersey and paid handsomely to race his bicycle, he’s the new hero for a nation hungry for a …

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Team Sky TUE controversy: Why one medical expert has real concerns

In recent days one of the biggest news topics has been the leak by Russian hackers of medical data relating to Team Sky riders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. The so-called Fancy Bears hackers released confidential Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) documents relating to the two Tour de France winners, showing the medical substances they had …

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Jaksche on Sky’s TUE controversy: ‘We used the same excuse in my era.’

Commenting on the Team Sky TUE controversy, former professional Joerg Jaksche has said that injections of Triamcinolone acetonide were a standard grey area doping practice used by professional riders in the past. The German rider was involved in the Operacion Puerto controversy and later admitted to blood doping during his career. He became a whistleblower …

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A defiant Tejay van Garderen responds to critics after Tour, Vuelta disappointments

A delicate situation. A challenge. Time to reassess. Time to start from scratch. These are among the phrases used at the Vuelta a España, by BMC Racing directors as well as peloton insiders, to describe American Tejay van Garderen, who abandoned the Spanish race on Stage 17 after riding in support of Samuel Sánchez. It …

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Jack Bobridge pondering retirement as his season comes to an early close

Reigning Australian road race champion Jack Bobridge is weighing up his future in the sport after bringing his 2016 season to a close ahead of schedule. Bobridge was set to line-up at the Tour of Britain with his Trek-Segafredo team last week, but withdrew from the race at the 11th hour, instead deciding to return …

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In the autumn of his racing career, Jeremy Powers still looking for World Cup podium

Over the past few years, U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers has become the face of American cyclocross. This is due to his now ubiquitous stars-and-stripes jersey — he’s won the title four times in five years — as well as his high-octane personality, put on full display across computer screens, beginning in 2010, with his …

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