Opinion and analysis

What rainbow curse? 2016 was the year of the world champion

It’s the most decorated jersey in professional cycling. Win on the right day, and you wear the rainbow stripes for a year, the sport’s symbol of greatness. Yet there’s also an axiom in professional cycling that the rainbow jersey brings with it a curse — whether it be in the form of injury, illness, bad luck, or …

What does the WorldTour promotion of Cadel’s Race mean for Australian cycling?

Back in August, the UCI revealed a list of road races that, in 2017, will be promoted to the highest level of the sport: the WorldTour. Among those races was the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Since its first edition in 2015, this Australian one-day event has been held a week after the Santos …

Commentary: The US domestic road scene must adapt to a changing cycling landscape

A small American team collected its limited funds to brave the brutal weather, small roads, and seasoned competition of Europe in search of road racing glory. No, this isn’t a story about a U.S. team from the 1980s, gathering up its money and equipment, hoping to barnstorm their way through the European peloton. This was the …

Did the inaugural Women’s WorldTour live up to expectations?

When the inaugural 2016 Women’s WorldTour (WWT) was announced last year it was greeted with much excitement and anticipation. Touted as a “major step forward for women’s cycling,” the series aimed to grow the profile and professionalism of women’s cycling by replacing the existing UCI Women’s Road World Cup with a season-long WorldTour, similar to the …

The 2016 CT Awards: Recognising the season’s best riders

The professional road cycling season is over for another year and it’s time to look back on the season that was. In the 2016 CT Awards we pay tribute to the year’s best performers, highlighting some of our favourite moments, favourite races, and the riders that kept us entertained. In this post we focus on …

Opinion: 11 suggestions the UCI should implement to improve the WorldTour

There has been much debate in recent years about the future direction of the sport and how to make cycling stronger and more stable for teams, riders and other stakeholders. Many ideas have been proposed, including the UCI’s own WorldTour reforms. However no strong consensus has yet been achieved in relation to the way forward …

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Analysis: After a superlative 2016 season, evaluating Peter Sagan’s place among cycling’s greats

With a second consecutive world title, and the top spot on the UCI rankings, Peter Sagan reminded the cycling world one last time in 2016 that, at age 26, he is the most dynamic rider of his generation. Just eight years into this professional career, U.S. Editor Neal Rogers examines how Sagan stacks up against …

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Commentary: To prevent crashes, UCI should record GC times at 3km to go on sprint stages

Rider safety is a recurring issue that has been put under scrutiny a number of times in recent seasons, and it resurfaced once again during the Vuelta a España. Rather than issues of race vehicle accidents or unsuitable weather conditions, this time the spotlight was on late-race incidents involving GC contenders Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Alberto …

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Commentary: How the sabotage of the Tour Del Café highlights big problems in Colombian cycling

Earlier this month, Nairo Quintana took his second Grand Tour victory, beating Tour de France champion Chris Froome at the Vuelta a España and marking himself out as one of the biggest stars in the sport. He shared the podium with Colombian compatriot Esteban Chaves. However, beyond Quintana and Chaves and a handful of other WorldTour …

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Commentary: Jingle Cross was Christmas in September for US cyclocross fans

Iowa City was not the first place in the U.S. the big stars of European cyclocross showed up to race in America; that was the Trek CXC Cup, in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Iowa City was not the first cyclocross World Cup event in America; CrossVegas was, earning the UCI’s prize for the best World Cup event last year. But let’s …

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