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    La Vuelta, Stage 20 - Froome Gives His Best but Contador is the Best

    Samuel Sanchez summed it up best in the BMC press release for Stage 20; "To understand how was hard it was, you only have to look at the riders' faces." That was certainly true of Chris Froome, his face ashen, skin tight on his skull, eyes popping, gasping for air like a dying fish.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 19 - Adam Hansen Wins the Stage! We have an interview pre-Vuelta too!

    VeloVeritas cycling sage, Vik hates Adam Hansen's narrow bars - they're to make him more aero and save those precious watts - but they certainly didn't do him any harm, today. Not just a win; he's saved Lotto's Vuelta - it goes from 'Ligthart and Hansen enlivening the breakaways' to 'stage winning' and that's about a million miles. By good fortune we had a chat with the man just before this Vuelta kicked off...
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    La Vuelta, Stage 18 - Fabio Aru Takes the Stage and Chris Froome Lets Rip

    ‘Alberto defends lead in spite of heavy bombardment,’ says the Saxo-Tinkoff press release – with Chris Froome the man in charge of the howitzers. Christopher may not be stylish but the man is a bike racer – and that has to be respected. The tactic is simple, when the road goes up and the pace eases back a notch – attack!
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    La Vuelta, Stage 17 - Degenkolb's Fourth Stage, and his Secret? Cinnamon Cookies!

    There was the chance that the break would stick; but with John Degenkolb’s Giant boys working themselves into the tar for him – and having done their homework by riding the stage finale on the rest day – and the likes of Ferrari and Matthews fancying their chances now that Bouhanni is back in France, not to mention Sky piling it on to keep Froome out of trouble, it was odds on to be a sprint finish.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 16 - Leader Contador gets his Stage

    People forget that Contador has been as close to death as a man can get and still survive, the reference sources remind us; "During the first stage of the 2004 Vuelta a Asturias he started to feel unwell, and after 40 kilometres he fell and went into convulsions."
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    La Vuelta, Stage 15 - Niemiec First to Lagos de Covadonga

    It was the former at the top of Covadonga where the Valverde (Movistar & Spain) and Rodriguez (Katusha and Catalonia) tandem put time into Froome and red jersey Contador (Tinkoff and Spain) – albeit not a lot of time but enough to make us wonder if Valverde just might be ‘the man.’
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    La Vuelta, Stage 14 - Ryder Hesjedal Answers his Critics with Pure Leg Power

    A good day too for big Ryder Hesjedal – it looked for all the world like Zaugg was going to double his career wins – TTT’s apart he has but one win to show for 13 pro seasons, albeit that was the Tour of Lombardy – but the big Garmin man who lives in Hawaii gauged his effort much better and despite all of that sitting in, Old Oli had to settle for second.
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    La Vuelta: Daniel Navarro Takes Stage 13 for Spain and Cofidis

    If the 2014 Tour de France was the first time since 1997 a Frenchman appeared on the podium, you have to go back to 1996 to find the last occasion there was no Spaniard on the Vuelta podium and that doesn’t look like changing. Similarly, when it comes to stage wins the ‘Home Boys’ always reach deep into their top hats to find a rabbit with Dani Navarro at last giving Cofidis something to smile about.
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    La Vuelta, Stage 11 - Fabio Aru Shows His Class

    Shattered dreams for Movistar’s Colombian phenomenon Quintana; Astana’s young Sardinian, Aru confirms on the rough concrete ramps to the monastery of San Miguel de Aralar; Sky’s Brit, Froome yo-yo’s - but there’s very little to chose between the three Spanish favourites – Contador (Tinkoff), Rodriguez (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar).
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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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    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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    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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    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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La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 20; Santo Estevo de Riba de Sil – Ancares, 163.8 km. Contador Dominates (0)

September 13, 2014 • by Ed Hood

Samuel Sanchez summed it up best in the BMC press release for Stage 20; “To understand how was hard it was, you only have to look at the riders’ faces.” That was certainly true of Chris Froome, his face ashen, skin tight on his skull, eyes popping, gasping for air like a dying fish.

Not just from the effort but from the disappointment of having burned his Sky team to last match head then given his all, only for Alberto Contador to sit there as cool as a glass of Pimm’s on a summer’s day, soak up all the punishment then put 16 seconds into the Englishman in the last few hundred metres.

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 19; Salvaterra de Miño – Cangas de Morrazo, 176.5 km. Adam Hansen Takes the Win! (0)

September 12, 2014 • by Ed Hood

VeloVeritas cycling sage, Vik hates Adam Hansen’s narrow bars – they’re to make him more aero and save those precious watts – but they certainly didn’t do him any harm, today.

Not just a win; he’s saved Lotto’s Vuelta – it goes from ‘Ligthart and Hansen enlivening the breakaways’ to ‘stage winning’ and that’s about a million miles. By good fortune we had a chat with the man just before this Vuelta kicked off…

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 18; A Estrada – Monte Castrove en Meis, 173.5 km. Fabio Aru with Froome Calling the Shots (0)

September 11, 2014 • by Ed Hood

‘Alberto defends lead in spite of heavy bombardment,’ says the Saxo-Tinkoff press release – with Chris Froome the man in charge of the howitzers. Christopher may not be stylish but the man is a bike racer – and that has to be respected. The tactic is simple, when the road goes up and the pace eases back a notch – attack!

It nearly netted him the win today but Aru is young, hungry, skinny and pretty quick for a mountain man. But Froome did climb to second on the ‘virtual’ podium and claw back some time on Contador.

La Vuelta a España 2014 – Stage 17; Ortigueira – A Coruña, 174 km. Degenkolb’s secret? Cinnamon Cookies! (0)

September 10, 2014 • by Ed Hood

There was the chance that the break would stick; but with John Degenkolb’s Giant boys working themselves into the tar for him – and having done their homework by riding the stage finale on the rest day – and the likes of Ferrari and Matthews fancying their chances now that Bouhanni is back in France, not to mention Sky piling it on to keep Froome out of trouble, it was odds on to be a sprint finish.

Despite having burned up his boys to get the break back and flying solo in the technical finale, Degenkolb surfed the wheels that went too early and laid down that raw power to take his fourth stage of the 2014 – respect.

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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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