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    #76
    Good old Turbo Durbo.

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      #77
      Makes a change for Dennis to lose a time trial by a means other than going off way too fast.

      Here's Barguil and the Gorilla in the new Guingamp change Arkea-Samsic kit (formerly Fortuneo)

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        #78
        The new Trek - Segafredo team won their first race overnight - Letizia Paternoster (who was born in 1999) won the sprint in the first stage of the Tour Down Under. Bit disappointed that none of the cycling media have gone with "Paternoster lifts her arms" or something similar.

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          #79
          ASO have also announced the first Tour de France wildcards - Cofidis and Wanty Groupe Gobert. Little bit surprised by Wanty's inclusion - they themselves said earlier this week that they felt they only had a 50-60% chance - as their team is weaker than last year, they've still got Guillaume Martin but van Keirsbulck and Dion Smith have both left and the main signing is Loic Vliegen from BMC. Seems that ASO's rationale is that these are the top two teams in the Europe Tour.

          That leaves two more places, probably between Direct Energie, Arkea-Samsic and VitalConcept. Unclear when the decision will be made of which of Calmejane, Barguil or Rolland gets to spend July at home, but L'Equipe suggests it may be after Paris-Nice in March.

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            #80
            Davide Rebellin, who is only 47, is racing this season with Sovac, an Algerian Continental team that primarily races in Africa and France.

            And the Astana women are wearing white sleeves in Australia. Dunno if that will be the same for the men.
            Last edited by ursus arctos; 10-01-2019, 13:33.

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              #81
              I like EF Education First Pro Cycling, but ... good lord.

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                #82
                UK National Cyclo-Cross Championships today.
                 

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                  #83
                  Astana's back, with a brand new adventure.



                  Optimistic to think they're going to win Roubaix mind, the only got one rider in the first 83 finishers last year.

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                    #84
                    LOL.

                    And Greipel was way ahead of them, with this effort from before the 2015 Tour.

                    Last edited by Kevin S; 14-01-2019, 14:56.

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                      #85
                      Quite the sprint from Viviani down under.

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                        #86
                        Trek riders have "splunk>" written on their bottoms, which is even better than "Aldi".

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                          #87
                          Education First's kit is great. I'm slightly annoyed at CCC for not keeping the splendid orange we're used to, but the excellent performance of my outsider tip Patrick Bevin makes up for it.

                          32 km to go, things are starting to happen - two EF riders and two Astana now in the break. This coverage is grim though - Australian adverts are hideous.

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                            #88
                            Can’t be worse than the Eurosport “Jerusalem AND Tel Aviv ..” ones

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                              #89
                              A couple of legal-style hearing news stories, with a partial link between them.

                              There is Jess Varnish losing her employment tribunal case against British Cycling and UK Sport. Providing a grant with conditions and criteria ‚ being employed, it appears. So Varnish has no prospect for redress for her treatment through employee protections such as gender discrimination and unfair dismissal.

                              As part of that case, Varnish had hoped to call evidence from Dr (for now) Richard Freeman, but he declined to appear as he has a Misconduct Hearing at the GMC to deal with. The GMC alleges that "Dr Freemanfs motive for ordering the Testogel was to administer it to an athlete to improve their athletic performance" It would be a devastating ruling for Sky if that particular allegation was upheld. At least we can be reasonably confident that Freeman won't skip this one.

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                                #90
                                Having the outcome of the Varnish case announced yesterday was a bad day to bury some good news for British Cycling.

                                Today was a Peter Sagan day down under.

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