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Best Races of 2011: Milan-San Remo

Cancellara, Goss and Nibali head down the Poggio climb heading toward San Remo.

Lay-Oh!-pard-TREK and Classics beast Fabian Cancellara were feeling early season pressure to take a big win for their new team even as the season just got start at Milan-San Remo. The fancy new team with the stylish new kits went up against a flying Phillipe Gilbert who was already showing the form that would help him sweep the Ardennes Classics later on. Matthew Goss, HTC’s under-appreciated sprinter, made the final selection of favorites heading over the Poggio climb with the company of climbers like Michele Scarponi, Vincenzo Nibali and Fillipo Pozzatto. Read More…

Best Races of 2011: Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Joe Sovis Rides Again.

As the great Joe Sovis began his 2012 defense of the title “Best Old Guy Bicyclist and Person” in the chilly February weather, the Update continues a review of some of the best races of 2011. Joe took off this morning for a short but hilly 20 mile route, including the year’s first assault on the great Youker climb. At just under a half a mile long and averaging about 8% in gradient, Youker is a test at any point in the season, but is absolutely brutal early on. Recalls the sweet memories of the Tirreno-Adriatico….. Read More…

Best Races of 2011: Nove Mesto World Cup

Jaro stomped on home turf in one of the best races of 2011.

If you’re like me, winning bike races is as likely as dating Natalie Portman. Or winning the lottery. Or getting hit by a meteor and showered in volcanic ash on the same day. The chances of winning a bike race in your home town, in front of all your pals is also quite a long shot. In the on-going review of Awesome Stuff That Happened last year, Czech out (wait for it) the Czech King, Jaroslav Kulhavy’s win at Nove Mesto in his home country of the Czech Republic. Read More…