WHO WILL WIN THE INNSRBUCK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP?

WHO WILL WIN THE INNSRBUCK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP?

INNSBRUCK (AUSTRIA):  The World Cup 2018 Austrian race presents itself tough enough to reduce the number of likely successful winners to a fewer number of contestants. It is a demanding contest, like you haven’t seen in a while, having nothing to share with the previous editions, when Peter Sagan shined. The Slovakian champion seems not to be included among the favourite ones, although he is not to be ignored, given his class. Two names earned the pole position: first, the French Julien Alaphilippe, who obtained extraordinary results in 2018 (Freccia Vallone, Classica San Sebastian, two stages during the Tour de France and the polka dot jersey, plus a series of […]

PELLIZZOTTI: TOUR AND VUELTA? HERE’S HOW TO DO …

PELLIZZOTTI: TOUR AND VUELTA? HERE’S HOW TO DO …

Challenging two Grand Tours in the same season it’s a really demanding test but thanks to an experienced athlete like Franco Pellizzotti we can better understand how to deal with the double effort. Born in 1978, he won two stages in the Giro and a final podium (3rd in 2009) over a polka dot shirt at the Tour de France and many other good results including an Italian road title. This year was expected to make the 2 Grand Tours. The Tour with Vincenzo Nibali was aiming for an excellent placing in the standings and then going to the Vuelta trying to prepare the final of Vuelta in crescendo to settle at the World […]

#LAVUELTA: DON ALEJANDRO, 38 YEARS OLD, HE’S NOT TRAINING UPHILL BUT KEEP GOING FAST…

#LAVUELTA: DON ALEJANDRO, 38 YEARS OLD, HE’S NOT TRAINING UPHILL BUT KEEP GOING FAST…

At the Vuelta there is a kind of Highlander, it is the embatido Alejandro Valverde born in 1980. Over the years it has changed his nickname, first it was Balaverde, and also his skills. At the beginning he looked like a sprinter, then he became a men of Great Tour (his Vuelta Espana 2009) and finally a classic collector (4 Liège, 5 Freccia Vallone). With his skills if he had gone fast even on the climbs he would have been Eddy Merckx. Valverde comes from the region of Murcia, in the south east of Spain and loves the sun. A champion as strong as unique in some aspects of his preparation. Unlike many athletes, he […]

MEANWHILE NIBALI…

MEANWHILE NIBALI…

TOUR DE FRANCE 2018: Vincenzo Nibali arrived in France after having experienced a great first part of season. The victory of Milano Sanremo could be even enough to make this season a success. We always expect something extraordinary from the Squalo, even if this year the lights of the spotlight seemed more on other athletes: the usual favorite Chriss Froome, Nairo Quintana, the French Romain Bardet, Richie Porte. The Sicilian is not the type to be disturbed by certain details and accustomed to responding with facts. It has an incredible palmares with a Tour de France, 2 Giri d’Italia, a Vuelta Espana, not counting the podiums. Even in the classics, he gets along well with […]

KITTEL: THE SPRINTER WHO FEAR THE SRINTS

KITTEL: THE SPRINTER WHO FEAR THE SRINTS

The fear for the sprinter should be only a companion of those that do not disturb. A discreet presence that remains far from the mind would otherwise only end up hindering a job, that of the sprinter, which by definition is one that throws itself headlong into the fray. The sprints are excitement, more or less calculated risk, instinct and adrenaline. Not everyone’s stuff. It also takes a hint of healthy madness to compete in the tight spaces on the 70km/h line. Yet there is a runner who seems to be stuck in an important way from the fear of sprint. A strong contradiction for one who built his career […]

TOUR DE FRANCE: WHO WINS?

TOUR DE FRANCE: WHO WINS?

In a few days, the Tour de France begins and immediately we start with the twists. The first is the most resounding with the re-admission of the outgoing winner, Chriss Froome, who was first driven to the door by the transalpine organizers and then readmitted because he was acquitted by the Wada after an anomalous value for the salbutanol was observed on 7 September. The second, less dramatic, but equally powerful, was caused by the exclusion of Nacer Bouhanni of the Cofidis team. A bit as if Real Madrid left Ronaldo on the bench during the Champions League final. Worn relationship meant that the sprinter was eliminated from the starting […]

FROOME’S PLANNINGS, PERFECT AT THE BEGINNING, THEN EXTREME SUBLIME

FROOME’S PLANNINGS, PERFECT AT THE BEGINNING, THEN EXTREME SUBLIME

BARDONECCHIA: Everything or nothing. This is the thought processed by Chris Froome yesterday evening when, after dinner, he found himself on the motorhome of the team and has pitted some simple considerations, the first one of a personal nature. “A placement in the Giro d’Italia does not change my career, I came to win and I want to do it at any risk“. The second one is of an exquisitely technical nature. “I feel better, I left behind me a series of bad lucks and in the third week I always went strong. I am a long-distance runner, I have a great experience and I want to try the challenge“. The Sky team plan has started […]

YATES TRUDGES, BUT THE REBATES SAVE HIM. ALL TO PUSH POZZOVIVO

YATES TRUDGES, BUT THE REBATES SAVE HIM. ALL TO PUSH POZZOVIVO

PRATO NEVOSO: A happy ending sees Simon Yates surrender. For the first time in this Giro d’Italia he shows a small sign of humanity and he lives his first black day. The pink jersey is still in the lead and it is thanks to the rebates (each stage is worth 10″ and he has won 3 stages plus a second place. 6″ go to the second and 4″ to the third). During the time trial stages (Jerusalem-Jerusalem and Trento-Rovereto) there were no rebates. This means that in real time terms Tom Dumoulin would have the best time. Signal that the Tour 2018 lives under the banner of the great balance […]

ARU IS OK, BUT HE IS NOT HIM. WHY?

ARU IS OK, BUT HE IS NOT HIM. WHY?

ROVERETO (TN): The resting day has passed less happily than expected. Fabio Aru, leader of the UAE team, at the beginning of this Giro d’Italia dreamed of fighting for the pink shirt and now he is sailing at more than 25 minutes from the leader Simon Yates. However, the Sardinian coming from Villacidro is fine, even the closest collaborators confirm it. Health is good, but when it comes time to accelerate … Fabio stays on the pedals, as if his body had a speed limiter. He says he feels better day after day and his statements have always been optimistic. The hasty judgments speak immediately of wrong preparation and on […]

THE INSIDIES OF YATES, THE STRENGTH OF FROOME THE CALCULATIONS OF DUMOULIN. WHAT AN AMAZING TOUR!

THE INSIDIES OF YATES, THE STRENGTH OF FROOME THE CALCULATIONS OF DUMOULIN. WHAT AN AMAZING TOUR!

MONTE ZONCOLAN: Chriss Froome goes up, but Simon Yates does not go down. Tom Dumoulin resists, he deeply resists. The Giro d’Italia is beautiful, very beautiful. The Monte Zoncolan has not left great detachments, it is not crucial but it leaves so many toxins in the legs. And now, they start again and get closer to Trentino for the Trento-Rovereto time trial. There are several hints of interest in the fight for the pink shirt. It will be definitely interesting to see Simon Yates’ reaction in the third week. The Englishman could live his first time as the undisputed protagonist, with all the stress that concerns it. Every day the […]