The Secret Pro

The Secret Pro: Cortisone TUEs, world championships and rider-transfer season

I never thought I’d start a column talking about Fancy Bears, but here we are. So, it seems like every day is TUEsday at Team Sky, eh? The Fancy Bears hack of the WADA database revealed that Bradley Wiggins had a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which allowed him to take injections of triamcinolone, also known …

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The Female Secret Pro: Giro Rosa, La Course, and doping in the women’s peloton

For a couple years now, The Secret Pro has been providing an entertaining and informative perspective of life inside the professional men’s peloton. This season, we go inside the women’s peloton with posts from The Female Secret Pro (or should that be The SHEcret Pro?) As with The Secret Pro, our insider from the women’s …

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The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto

Ten days into the Tour, and there’s a lot to discuss. Where do we start? Maybe the biggest topic during the first week of racing has been Cavendish. He’s back. Everyone is talking about Cav’s speed. He’s at the same as he was in 2009. It has to come from his track training that he’s …

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The Female Secret Pro: Boels-Dolmans, the Rio Olympics, and ‘nature breaks’

For a couple years now, The Secret Pro has been providing an entertaining and informative perspective of life inside the professional men’s peloton. Today, we go inside the women’s peloton with the first post from The Female Secret Pro (or should that be The SHEcret Pro?) As with The Secret Pro, our insider from the …

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The Secret Pro: Nibali, the Giro d’Italia and the importance of respect

I know, I know. I said last year I wouldn’t return to the Giro d’Italia but sometimes you just have to. To my surprise, I came away feeling much better about this year’s race. Last year I said the Giro was a bit of a joke, full of fireworks, and dominated by one team. This …

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The Secret Pro: Processing death, race motos, terrorism, extreme weather, and more

What a week for pro cycling. It’s with a heavy heart that I weigh in on so many recent tragic events. I actually had an entire column written for the boys at CyclingTips before the events of the past week changed everything, and put this all into perspective. Of course I’m referring to the deaths of Antoine Demoitié, killed by …

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The Secret Pro: Mechanical doping, sketchy finishes, and Katusha dodges another bullet

Welcome to the new season. And what a magnificent start we’re off to. Great to see we’re all doing our part to uphold the dignity of this wonderful sport. My God, excuse my French but I have to say there are complete dickheads who really do their part to ruin a wonderful sport. Top honours …

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The Secret Pro: the best and worst of season 2015

A few weeks back the UCI had a gala dinner to hand out awards to riders that had achieved great things throughout the season. That prompted us to present our own awards, feeling that the UCI awards didn’t really capture the essence of the season. Now, a day after his latest post, The Secret Pro …

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The Secret Pro: the off-season, the Abu Dhabi Tour and the ‘bullsh*t’ Doha Worlds

It’s been a few months since we last heard from The Secret Pro. But now that the season is over, our anonymous insider has found some time to share the latest chatter from within the bunch, to give his perspective on the heat of the Abu Dhabi Tour and to look forward to how 2016 …

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The Secret Pro: Post-Tour crits, Worlds and the farce that is the IAAF

I’ve not written here since just after the Giro d’Italia, but I’ve been busy racing. Finding time and energy to knock one of these posts out has been tough. Now that things are in a building phase for me I have a few moments to let you know my thoughts on the Tour de France, …

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