Jun 10, 2014
Category: Rider Interviews  Stage 5 

It was great to hear Taylor Phinney’s enthusiastic voice this morning on a media conference call from the Park City Medical Center in Park City, Utah where the U.S. National Time Trial Champion continues his recovery from the broken left tibula that he sustained Memorial Day during the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional National Road Race Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jun 8, 2014
Category: Races  Tour de France 

2013 Amgen Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen decided not to defend his King of California crown at this year’s race in order to prepare for his first Tour de France as leader of BMC Racing. Instead, the American used the time to train at altitude in Colorado and do reconnaissance of key stages ahead of July’s French rendezvous.

Jun 5, 2014
Category: Women's Races 

Excitement is building ahead of next month’s first La Course by Le Tour de France, a circuit race for the world’s best female pro cyclists on the final day of the grandest Grand Tour. Hours ahead of the men’s Tour de France finish, one hundred women will race twelve laps on the streets of Paris including the finishing sprint on cycling’s most famous boulevard, the Champs-Élysées. Equal pay for equal work as the winner will receive 22,500 Euros, the same amount paid to Tour de France stage winners. La Course, overseen entirely by female officials, will have a sprint points competition and the best finisher under age 25 will be crowned. Ladies scoring podium spots will be kissed by male podium hosts.

Jun 3, 2014
Category: Races  Videos 

The exhilarating sprint battles between fastmen Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the recent Amgen Tour of California previewed the thrilling high-speed clashes to come during July’s Tour de France. Cav is the world’s fastest man on flatter roads while Sagan, the reigning two-time winner of the green sprint points jersey at Le Tour, excels when the road tilts up making him dangerous on stages that typically break the legs of pure sprinters.

May 31, 2014
Category: General 

During the recent Amgen Tour of California, Champion System not only provided the race leaders’ jerseys and skinsuits, but they outfitted the entire race staff in Champion System sportswear each day so I got hooked up nicely. But in my 30 years (gulp) as a cyclist, I had never ridden in one of their kits. Champion System’s marketing mavens Kelly and Katy generously sent me home with the great-looking specially-designed “California Bear” kit that was a hot-seller at the Lifestyle Festival. I took it out for a couple rides and it’s...well...a champion.

May 30, 2014
Category: General  Stage 5 

It’s been difficult to get information about Taylor Phinney since he crashed on Monday (May 26) during the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional National Championship Road Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His team, BMC Racing, is keeping silent, not issuing a single press release to update the media on the rider’s condition, treatment, prognosis and recovery since announcing the crash, which occurred two days after Phinney won his second national time trial championship.

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