Aug 29, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 1  Stage 8 

This year’s Amgen Tour of California was bookended by electrifying 1-2 finishes by fastmen Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano). On Tuesday in two different stage races taking place in two different countries, both sprinters posted up to celebrate victory and amazingly they managed to repeat the feat Wednesday. What are the odds of that?!?!?

Aug 25, 2014
Category: Races 

An inspired Tejay van Garderen came home to Colorado this week to defend his 2013 title at the USA Pro Challenge. Climbing to victory on stage 3 atop Monarch Mountain and setting a new course record in the stage 6 Vail time trial were the key moments that propelled the BMC Racing captain to overall victory in Denver on Sunday (August 24) at what doubled as Jens Voigt’s (Trek Factory Racing) retirement party. Fellow Coloradoan Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) and breakout rider Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis) completed the final podium at the fourth edition of the 7-day stage race held at altitude.

Aug 14, 2014
Category: Transfer News 

Five-time Amgen Tour of California green jersey winner Peter Sagan has inked a three-year deal to go from Cannondale to Tinkoff-Saxo starting next season. The three-time Tour de France green jersey winner was the subject of transfer rumors for quite some time and many teams were interested in obtaining the services of the highly-coveted Slovak superstar who possesses truly unique abilities to sprint, climb and descend his way to victory unlike any other rider.

Aug 14, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 6 

In a battle of American climbers, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) bested Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) to win his second consecutive Tour of Utah. Danielson used a solo stage 4 victory atop Powder Mountain as the launching pad to overall victory in the tenth edition of the 7-day stage race that concluded last Sunday (August 10). Horner’s teammate, Colombian climber Winner Anacona, was third.

Aug 1, 2014
Category: Stage 2  Stage 3  Transfer News 

When I took this photo of Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney hanging out in the green room before the Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 podium ceremony last May, I don’t think either athlete could have imagined that they would become teammates on BMC Racing this season, but that’s what happened today (August 1) after a rare mid-season transfer arrangement. Dennis, a 24-year-old Australian in his second pro season, makes the swamp from one American WorldTour team, Garmin-Sharp, to another enabling the 24-year-old Australian to join BMC Racing beginning Monday (August 4).

Jul 29, 2014
Category: Tour de France 

Our annual armchair travels through magnificent France concluded Sunday with the crowing of Vincenzo Nibali as champion of the 101st edition of the Tour de France. As the biggest race in cycling is now history, it left me with plenty to ponder after watching 21 stages and sometimes more than five hours of NBC Sports Network television coverage per day over 23 days. Here are 21 thoughts that sprouted at random.

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