THE STORY OF THE BELGIAN PROMISE FIGHTING FOR A PLACE AMONG THE BIG ONES

THE STORY OF THE BELGIAN PROMISE FIGHTING FOR A PLACE AMONG THE BIG ONES

World champion:  tall, blond with blue eyes, degree in architecture, part-time worker and student in the evening to become also a trainer. Maxim Pirard, a 22-year-old Belgian, is certainly not one who likes to stand with his hands in his hands and strives to fulfill his dream of professional cycling. Elegant on a bike and with gentle manners once you get off the saddle. His power data also impressed the Belgian CT Rik Verbrugghe: 427 watts on 20′, 505 watts on 5′ and 812 watts in 1 minute. But let’s go with order. The Pirard smart guy is not exactly an unknown in the world of 2 wheels, he has […]

RETIREES, ONLY 29 YEARS, TAYLOR PHINNEY, UNVOICED TALENT

RETIREES, ONLY 29 YEARS, TAYLOR PHINNEY, UNVOICED TALENT

Quit at 29, after a nine-year career at the highest level. Although, it must be said, it has been a long time since we have seen that beautiful promise that dazzled us Italians, and not only, with a sparkling pink jersey of the 2012 Giro. The American Taylor Phinney passed Prof with Radioshack, it seems an eternity passed, and then immediately came to light at BMC where he played for 5 years before wearing the Cannondale shirts and then Education First. He has competed everywhere from the Olympics to the Tour de France to the cobblestones of Roubaix. He won numerous junior titles on the track and took part in […]

UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: WE ARE: FAVORITIS AND QUOTE

UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: WE ARE: FAVORITIS AND QUOTE

We’re finally there and the professional cycling world championships are about to start. After the 2018 edition of Innsbruck that made the climbers happy, and in particular the Spanish winner Valverde (who defends very well even in the flat), the one that will be held on Sunday in Yorkshire, Gran Brittany, will be a race for men specializing in the great classics. 285 km from Leeds to Harrogate, with the last 97 km to be covered on a circuit not without the harshness and with a slightly sloping finish. Slovak Peter Sagan, who was knocked out by the hardness of the course last year after a historic three-game winning streak, […]

YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND WINNERS

YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND WINNERS

The new generations that are advancing in cycling are very exuberant and certainly people like them very much. Well, in addition to Alejandro Valvederde, who stoically resists with his 38 years and his world champions t-shirt, there’s a lot of excitement. Behind him, in fact, there is a generation of baby phenomena that don’t ask permission, but they’ve already been able to show off themselves. What’s surprising? Everything! From the speed with they’re coming, to the explosive force they’re showing. The last in order of time is Tadej Pogacar, a pure talent of only 20 years, discovered by Giuseppe Saronni in times not suspicious. The Slovenian has already been in […]

TRAIN IN POWER. WHY?

TRAIN IN POWER. WHY?

The question a cyclist asks is: why have you been training in power for a few years? The use of watts is not a prerogative reserved for a well-defined sports elite, but it is an advantage for all cyclists and not only. Training with watts means relying on a scientific data that does not undergo subjective variables that intervene when training for example based on heart beats. What can these variables be? High temperature, a psychological stress condition (personal reasons, disappointments, work concerns) and substances such as caffeine that can have a major impact on heart activity and thus provide unreliable indications. For this reason, you use a tool like […]

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 […]