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    La Vuelta, Stage 10 - Tony Martin Takes the TT as Quintana Crashes and Contador Takes Over

    Alberto Contador Velasco (Tinkoff & Spain) pulled on the red jersey, raised his bouquet to his adoring fans then offered his clenched right fist up to his chest. The man has a big heart in there, for sure – all that was missing was Kiss pumping on the PA, ‘Back in the New York Groove,’ the line which goes; ‘this place was meant for me!’
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    La Vuelta, Stage 9 - Winner Wins the Stage, and we Chat to Chad on the Rest Day

    Stage Nine to Valdelinares; a horrible day after the baking heat of Andalucía - but joy at last for Lampre with Anacona. Perfect tactics from Movistar; "we’ve got a man in the break, why would we chase?..." And they keep the jersey – and despite the best efforts of the media to rustle up a feud... Plus, we chat to Giant-Shimano's Chad Haga.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 8 - Bouhanni Battles to the Win

    Once the break got caught with around 20 miles to go it looked like standard sprinter stage fare – Giant, Lampre, F de J and GreenEDGE would control it for their sprinters. But at the least suggestion of a crosswind it was Tom Boonen who initiated the word which strikes fear into the heart of any climber – ‘echelon.’
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    La Vuelta, Stage 7 - It's all About De Marchi and the Break

    As Dario Cioni once told us; ‘sometimes it’s nice for the big teams to get it wrong and the break to stay away.’ Big Italian Alessandro De Marchi was originally a team pursuit rider and paid his dues for three years in the low budget but big achieving Androni squad before stepping up to the World Tour with Cannondale, last year.
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    Interview: Scottish Cycling's Alasdair MacLennan

    As the Commonwealth Games fade in our memory to be replaced by The Vuelta and Worlds we thought there should be a ‘last word’ on the biggest week of cycle sport in Scotland’s history. Who better to provide it than Scottish Cycling President, Alasdair MacLennan who kindly agreed to share his thoughts.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 6 - Valverde Takes Control

    It’s like Robert Millar said; ‘there comes a day when you have to stop dreaming.’ That day was yesterday for many as we were reminded of the savagery of professional bike racing at the highest levels. There were no interlopers – just the best of the best, all of the pre-race favourites trying their best to waste each other on that horrible grind to the line.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 5 - Degenkolb's Second in a Row!

    We have to start betting ‘each way’ – yesterday we said; ‘Michael Matthews’ and he was third, today we said; ‘Nacer Bouhanni’ and he was second... And much as we admire the wiry Frenchman, John Degenkolb was 100% correct when he said of Bouhanni’s complaint about the German shutting the door on him; ‘on the right side there was only the barriers.’
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    The VV View: Ain't No Smoke Without Fire?

    The splendidly named ‘Bugatti and Musker’ released a disco classic in 1976; ‘Ain’t no Smoke Without Fire,’ it’s about a guy who's worrying that his girl is straying. "Please don’t do nothin’ to make me ashamed of you . . . when I heard the news it broke me in two . . ."
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    La Vuelta, Stage 4 - John Degenkolb Takes the Stage and the Lead

    We weren’t so far away with our tip for the win, Michael Matthews the GreenEDGE Aussie was third and held on to his race lead; but we should slap out own wrists for not mentioning Germany’s Giant, John Degenkolb – the man to watch when gravity is involved and rains on the ‘pure’ fast men's parade. Albeit some rain would have been very welcome as the furnace-like weather continues to fry the peloton.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 3 - Michael Mattews Powers into Red

    We’re feeling a bit smug, this morning, on the eve of Stage Three we said; ‘It could be one for the breakaway but GreenEDGE may control it for Clarke and Matthews – and maybe Yates?’ And they man they call ‘Bling’ due to his penchant for jewellery proved us correct. The 23 year-old from Canberra again proved that in an uphill finish, if his motivation is good – there’s a little question mark over his grinta - then he’s very hard to beat.
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    Peter Murphy - Kingsnorth Wheelers, Kermis Kings

    The World Tour, the pinnacle; but how do you take the first step up the mountain where only the Super Teams can breathe the rarefied air? Well, you could do a lot worse that speak to a certain Peter Murphy - Jack Bauer did and the rest is history.
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    Commonwealth Games Track Day Two: Craig and Neil Bring the House Down

    Highlight of the day at the Commonwealth Games 2014 velodrome was without doubt the gold medal won by Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean in the Para B2 Tandem Kilo Time Trial. Going off last and fastest at every check, the pair were carried along by the enormous, ear-splitting roar from the full-capacity crowd.
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    Dowsett Movistars on Glasgow Green

    Essex boy Alex Dowsett proved that there is life after Sky with a brilliant time trial win in the Commonwealth Games event to add to his 2013 TT stage in the Giro, beating Aussie race favourite Rohan Denis into second and Wales Sky flyer Geraint Thomas into third on a blustery sunny Thursday afternoon around ‘The Dear Green Place’ that is Glasgow.

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La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 10; Monasterio de Veruela – Borja (ITT), 34.5 km. Nairo Crashes, Contador Leads (0)

September 2, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Alberto Contador Velasco (Tinkoff & Spain) pulled on the red jersey, raised his bouquet to his adoring fans then offered his clenched right fist up to his chest. The man has a big heart in there, for sure – all that was missing was Kiss pumping on the PA, ‘Back in the New York Groove,’ the line which goes; ‘this place was meant for me!’

Joy for the man from Pinto but pain for the race leader from the other side of the world as Columbia’s Nairo Quintana (Movistar) chose exactly the wrong place to faff with his shoes, took his eye off the ball and stacked hard against the crash barriers on a right hander.

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 9; Carbonera de Guadaza – Valdelinares, 181 km. Winner Wins and Chad Chats (0)

August 31, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Stage Nine to Valdelinares; a horrible day after the baking heat of Andalucía – but joy at last for Lampre with Anacona after the Ulissi and Horner debacles. But where the hell is Pippo?

Perfect tactics from Movistar; “we’ve got a man in the break, why would we chase?…” And they keep the jersey – and despite the best efforts of the Media to rustle up a feud, Quintana and Valverde seem to us to be working a perfect ‘one – two.’

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 8; Baeza – Albacete, 207.4 km. Bouhanni Battles (0)

August 30, 2014 • by Ed Hood

The other day we commented on the sheer brutality of pro bike racing as Alejandro Valverde tore the race to shreds on the horrible ascent of Cumbres. But the fact is that the parcours don’t even have to be hilly for the racing to be savage.

On Stage Eight to Albacete, once the break got caught with around 20 miles to go it looked like standard sprinter stage fare – Giant, Lampre, F de J and GreenEDGE would control it for their sprinters. But at the least suggestion of a cross wind it was Tom Boonen who initiated the word which strikes fear into the heart of any climber – ‘echelon.’

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 7; Alhendin – Alcaudete, 165.4 km. De Marchi Stays Clear (0)

August 29, 2014 • by Ed Hood

As Dario Cioni once told us; ‘sometimes it’s nice for the big teams to get it wrong and the break to stay away.’

Big Italian Alessandro De Marchi was originally a team pursuit rider and paid his dues for three years in the low budget but big achieving Androni squad before stepping up to the World Tour with Cannondale, last year.

He won a Dauphine stage last season and won the mountains jersey in the same race earlier this season as well as being voted le Tour’s most aggressive rider.

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Le Tour de France 2014 – Stage 21; Évry – Paris Champs-Élysées, 136 km. Kittel’s Fourth (0)

July 27, 2014 • by Ed Hood

If you rode the Tour in the colours of Lampre you’ve got €9,830 coming your way – but don’t get too excited, that’s to be split between nine coureurs and the staff. And if you then remember that’s for one month’s work – the shine comes of things a wee bit.

However, if you were one of Vincenzo’s hard working storm troops then you’d be splitting €539,330 with the Capo not taking his share. That’s better !

Le Tour de France 2014 – Stage 19; Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour – Bergerac, 208 km. Navardauskas Solo (0)

July 25, 2014 • by Ed Hood

There’s always drama when you work le Tour. We’ve followed Tour time trials for years; roll up at the start, tell the dude which rider you’re following, they give you a windscreen sticker, marshall you into position at the appointed time and off you go.

This year, however we were notified that we had to attend a meeting on Friday evening at the Permanence after the stage if we wished to follow a rider. Fair enough – but then they changed the venue a few hours before the meet was due.

Le Tour de France 2014 – Stage 17; Saint-Gaudens – Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet, 125 km. Majka Confirms (0)

July 23, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Another great stage yesterday – Peraud takes a giant step, Majka confirms, Nibali consolidates, Konig stumbles… After breakfast we had a wander round Lourdes; it’s one weird place – but I said that yesterday.

We decided against the finish col to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet – dead end climbs are nitemares to get off after the stage and we figured that the action might just start on the Col de Val Louron-Azet. We got up there in plenty time, claimed our spot and waited ’til it was time to grab our caravan swag.

Le Tour de France 2014 – Stage 16; Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 237 km (0)

July 22, 2014 • by Ed Hood

We’ve left Carcassonne and heading for Bagnères-de-Luchon. But first, our favourite picture of the Tour so far ? L’Équipe’s shot of F des J manager Marc Madiot kissing Arnold Jeannesson after Stage 16 for all the good work he did for Pinot during his six-and-a-quarter hour 16 shift.

Some folks poke fun at Madiot; we like his style – committed, passionate and outspoken. As a rider he was brilliant; a French Pro champion, two wins in Paris-Roubaix and top tens in Flanders – he’s got the T-shirt, in our book.

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Alasdair MacLennan – the SC President Looks Back at the Glasgow Games (0)

August 30, 2014 • by Ed Hood

As the Commonwealth Games fade in our memory to be replaced by The Vuelta and Worlds we thought there should be a ‘last word’ on the biggest week of cycle sport in Scotland’s history.

And who better to provide it than Scottish Cycling President, Alasdair MacLennan who kindly agreed to share his thoughts with VeloVeritas.

Peter Murphy – the Kingsnorth Wheelers; Belgian Kermis Kings (0)

August 24, 2014 • by Ed Hood

The World Tour, the pinnacle; but unless you’re a super talent nurtured from your junior years a la Taylor Phinney or Bradley Wiggins, how do you take the first step up the mountain where only the Super Teams can breathe the rarefied air?

Well, you could do a lot worse that speak to a certain Peter Murphy – Jack Bauer did and the rest is history. Peter is one of the men behind Kingsnorth Wheelers – the Flandrian team with the English name.

Peter has worked for Belgian pro cycle clothing manufacturer, Nico Sport for 37 years and has the T-shirt and the DVD when it comes to pro cycling. Inspired by Jack Bauer’s recent Commonwealth Games road race silver medal he took time to talk ‘grass roots’ with VeloVeritas.

Callum Finlayson – Five Years from Stroke to Scottish Champion (0)

August 21, 2014 • by Ed Hood

It’s not everyday we get emails from Time Trial Royalty, so when BBAR and 100 mile time trial legend Ian Cammish tells us;

“Hi, just been involved in a brief exchange of emails with a guy from Moray Firth CC – Callum Finlayson. He’s just won the Scottish 100 champs with the 2nd fastest time EVER in Scotland. Got a pretty good story to tell too … suffered a Stroke a few years ago!”

we jump to it. Callum is brother of former top Scottish 80′s road man, Davie Finlayson – here’s his story.

Shane Archbold – on his Wonderful Commonwealth Games (0)

August 19, 2014 • by Ed Hood

The famous mullet may be gone – but unlike Samson, the strength has remained. Kiwi flyer, Shane Archbold was one of the ‘Men of the Games’ – medalling (God ! I hate that expression) in the team pursuit and scratch before setting Jack Bauer up for silver in the Vietnamese Rainy Season Sunday which hosted the Games road race.

Last season saw in the colours of AN Post a crop of New Zealand track medals and a stage win in the Ras. Before his Games successes in 2014 he’s obtained top placings in races as diverse as the Ras and Tour of Azerbaijan.

Shane kindly took the time to answer VeloVeritas’s questions about his own and the New Zealand squad’s great performances in the Commonwealth Games.

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Postcards from the Orica GreenEdge Team Car (0)

July 12, 2014 • by Craig Geater

Our pal Craig Geater works as a mechanic for the Orica GreenEDGE team, and is putting in the hard shifts at the Tour de France.

Like everyone involved in the race, he’s very busy, but when he has his iPad or phone in hand he’s been taking a moment or two to snap some images, and fire them over to us.

Jamie Burrow at the Christina Watches Italian Training Camp (0)

March 4, 2014 • by Jamie Burrow

This time last year I was traveling the world, sourcing suppliers for a new Planet X clothing range.

One year on and we have made some giant steps forward. Not only has all the hard work paid off, with the new Planet X 365X clothing range now available both in store and online, we are also proudly supporting the Danish Professional cycling team Christina Watches – as official technical sponsor.

There have actually been quite a few new developments over the past few months, and many a tale to tell!

Musical Chairs – Tomás Swift-Metcalfe Blog (0)

December 11, 2013 • by Tomás Swift-Metcalfe

I haven’t raced since September 1st. I’ve been working hard though, on Swift Momentum Sports (SMS), and restoring an old building and of course, some training. SMS is doing pretty well. I’m glad to have shown people some fantastic cycling and running, as well as to have trained some very good athletes. My professional cycling career, however is pretty much over. I wasn’t renewed for the 2014 season.

The past year, I and my colleagues signed up to pretty bad working conditions, but this sacrifice allowed the team to continue. The oldest supposedly professional team in the world. Last season I had a couple of doors open to go else where, nothing brilliant, but new opportunities. Hanging on at Tavira felt kind of good though, like the work had a higher purpose. I’m not averse to risk nor struggle and working on such a project is tantalizing. Mid-season a sponsor came along with the ‘old’ management and the new team was killed off effectively…

Season 2013 – Over and Out! (0)

November 7, 2013 • by Dan Patten

So its been a few months since my last blog posting but now a week into my off-season its time to put some words together and sign off on this 2013 season.

Having stepped on the plane to the USA way back on February 4th and now already in November its been a busy nine months; five months in the USA to start with and four months between USA/Belgium/UK is a lot of km’s covered… by plane, car, boat and of course by bike!

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