WorldTour, Worldwide?

You could be forgiven for looking at the WorldTour in 2017, with its races in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Great Britain, Canada, the United States and China, as well as teams licensed to Bahrain, Kazakhstan and South Africa and assuming that given its name and make up it has always been driven towards the proliferation of […]

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Is Italian cycling in the doldrums?

This comes, of al things, out of a Twitter interaction with Daniel Friebe, of Mountain High and Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal fame. Friebe posted: Italian teams in 1997 Giro d’Italia: 16* Italian teams in 2017 Giro d’Italia: 2 San Marino, for purposes of my argument, you’re Italy. — Daniel Friebe (@friebos) 18 January 2017 Italian […]

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Giving up: Abandon Rates since ’98

When Katusha’s Michael Mørkøv climbed off his bicycle on the road to Luchon, ending his involvement in the eighth stage of the 2016 Tour de France, he was writing his name into (admittedly very cycling specific) Trivial Pursuit answer books for years to come. The reason? Mørkøv was the first man to abandon the entire race, […]

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