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Vuelta Stages Nine and Ten

Noted mountain goat Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) won the ninth stage of the Vuelta at the top of Estación de esquí Cerler. Rabobank’s Denis Menchov finished 15 seconds behind Piepoli, but that was enough to vault Menchov into the Gold leader’s jersey. A combination of the climbs, the fatigue of the sprinters, and the impetus …

The Day The Music Died or The Death of Disco

Team Discovery Channel, that is. I never was a fan of disco music and was glad to see it go. But I will sorely miss this cycling team. Team Discovery Channel (or “Disco” in the shorthand vernacular of many cycling fans) makes its swan song tomorrow when they appear in the Tour of Missouri. Disco …

Zabel Zips Past The Usual Suspects

German rider Erik Zabel of Team Milram won today’s sprint, beating out all other sprinters who survived two mass crashes, one about 30 km from the finish and another at about the 1km banner. Rabobank’s Oscar Freire (who won his third stage of the Vuelta yesterday) was not among the first group to finish. , …

Freire On Fire

Rabobank’s Oscar Freire said he wanted to win a third stage in his home Grand Tour this year and he did just that today. Four riders attacked early and eventually built a lead of just over eight and one half minutes before the sprinters teams put down the hammer on today’s flat run from Reinosa …

Focusing on the Vuelta

My trip to the Tour of Missouri has been canceled and the Vuelta starts tomorrow, so it now is time to focus our attention there. (I do not know how to type a tilde “n” on my computer so I guess I’ll have to misspell “Espana” for the next three weeks.) Here is the list of …

George Hincapie Wins Stage Two In Missouri

The Discovery Channel Team rider was in a twelve man break that entered the two, two-mile circuits through the streets of Springfield about 12-14 minutes ahead of the Peloton. Saunier Duval’s David Canada was the other major player in the break. The last four miles were very exciting to watch, as Hincapie covered every attack …