Opinion and analysis

In the twilight of his career, Contador proves that panache never goes out of style

After the terrorist attacks of Friday, November 13 in Paris, Alberto Contador made a promise to the French people that, in future, he would refrain from performing his trademark “Pistolero” podium routine in their country to celebrate his victories. The shooting gesture, he explained, might come across as insensitive in the aftermath of that carnage. This …

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By the numbers: What it takes to win Milan-San Remo

When Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) attacked on the Poggio in Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, just two riders could follow him. One of them, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), went on to win the race, beating Sagan with a bike throw in a thrilling three-up sprint. So what exactly did it take for Kwiatkowski to follow Sagan’s move then beat …

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On the other side: Why I decided to continue working in women’s cycling, and how we can make a difference

The simple reason I have stayed in the sport is that I love it. I don’t really want to be involved in anything else at this point in my life. Whilst I no longer want to compete at a high level, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to still be around all the amazing people …

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What we’re talking about after the 2017 Milan-San Remo

Milan-San Remo, the season’s first Monument, was in some ways a typical affair. For one thing the usual San Remo style — that near-seven hour slow-burn followed by a sudden explosion in the finale — certainly bore out, with the Cipressa and the Poggio once again bringing the almost-non-stop action that we all recognise from …

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Commentary: Team Sky’s tattered reputation is eroded further by Edmondson’s needle admission

Team Sky hasn’t had the best time of it in recent months. The British outfit has been making headlines more for a continuing slew of controversies than for its racing efforts, and is currently under investigation by UK Anti-Doping over the 2011 delivery of a package to Bradley Wiggins, purportedly containing flu medicine. Wiggins, triamcinolone, …

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Commentary: Team Sky’s ‘clarification’ documents leave much still unclear

In an effort to stem the tide of bad publicity surrounding the administration of drugs to its riders that are prohibited in competition, but not outright banned — as well as hoping to answer questions regarding its adherence to the rules of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) — Team Sky released on Tuesday two documents that, it hopes, will …

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By the numbers: What does it take to be competitive at the cobbled semi-classics?

Spring Classics season got underway last weekend with two races in the Flanders region of Belgium: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. While not the biggest of the Spring Classics, these one-day ‘semi-classics’ are still very demanding in their own right. Stephen Gallagher is a former Irish pro who raced both Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne …

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What we’re talking about after Spring Classics opening weekend

They’re back! After ten months of waiting it’s Spring Classics time again. The steady build-up to the Monumental Classics of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix began in earnest at the weekend, with the traditional opening races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (a WorldTour race for the first time) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. As ever these races threw up …

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Did a disc rotor slice Owain Doull’s shoe at Abu Dhabi Tour? It’s hard to say

Less than a year after Fran Ventoso’s injury at last year’s Paris-Roubaix, which he blamed on a disc-brake rotor, another incident is reported to have occurred at the Abu Dhabi Tour, this time involving Team Sky rider Owain Doull and QuickStep Floors sprinter Marcel Kittel. Doull and Kittel tangled in the closing kilometer of Stage …

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Loren Rowney, expert fan girl, foreshadows the road season ahead

Now that I have officially retired from professional cycling, for the first time in a long time, I get to sit back and take on the role of fan girl. With plans to be in Belgium over the spring, you’ll catch me on the sidelines of Flanders, beer in hand, waving a flag most likely. …

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