Tag: Mike Franchetti

Tour of Oman Preview

On February 6th Marcel Kittel was crowned the winner of the Dubai Tour, pulling things back his way on the final day when sprinting home to victory. His race had mirrored Mark Cavendish’s 2015 win, owing a lot to a show of strength on the Hatta Dam plus stage wins on the first and last

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Sacha Modolo and Giacomo Nizzolo: What’s Next?

Young, fast and Italian. Setting that criteria in a pro cycling database a few years back would have returned a sizeable list (reading something like Modolo, Nizzolo, Andrea Guardini, Elia Viviani, Jakub Mareczko, Andrea Palini, Niccolo Bonifazio, Davide Cimolai, Sonny Colbrelli, Nicola Ruffoni, Daniele Ratto…). The current generation are funny sorts, however, mainly popping up

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Dubai Tour: Kittel vs. Cavendish vs. Does It Really Matter?

Starting next week, the Dubai Tour is entering its third year as a strangely enjoyable ‘stage race’. Okay, so there’s no chance of seeing any cat-and-mouse attacks, stinging breakaway moves or breath-taking descents, but there’s something simple about the bunch sprint tear-ups in Dubai’s selection of resorts.

An All-Australian Affair

It would be fair to say veteran Simon Gerrans has mastered Adelaide’s rolling terrain. After a crash removed him from contention on Stage 2, Gerrans accelerated away for victory the next day before adding another sprint win on the flat finish of Stage 4. He claimed 20 extra seconds courtesy of these wins and made

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Tour Down Under Preview

The Tour Down Under starts next Tuesday providing some World Tour racing to deprived fans. For European followers, this means any combination of late nights/early starts/alarm setting/Eurosport recording/results page refreshing all in the name of pro cycling. This year’s route is almost unchanged from 2015 with last year’s top two Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte returning

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Rui Costa: What’s Next?

At 29 and one of the biggest names at Lampre-Merida, 2013 World Champion Rui Costa will start the forthcoming season in search of more big wins. After a mixed but respectable 2015 Costa could be ready to draw a line under the last four years – a whirlwind of mighty victories, illness and a selection of

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Ten riders for 2016

Emerging from the glow of Christmas lights and New Year fireworks, the 2016 Pro Cycling season has rumbled into January and racing ‘down under’ starts this month. The off season has ended and rider schedules would have long been decided with fitness plans well under way. With just a short lull in competition you would

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Five of the best… Transfers You Might Have Missed

Whilst there have been only a handful of big name transfers ahead of the 2016 season there are a whole host of deals that haven’t reached the headlines. In addition to Team Sky’s super squad strengthening (Michal Kwiatkowski, Mikel Landa, Benat Intxausti) other members of the World Tour have seen significant reshuffles including Trek, Cannondale

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