Category Archives: Giro d’Italia

Deep Thoughts: TdF ’14 Stage 10

My, oh my, oh my. What a game-changer today- and not in the way we all hoped ūüė¶

  • Leading with the big news: Contador is out. As of now, there doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation as to what happened. I’ve heard broken bike and that seem confirmed, as I saw a picture. But how it broke¬†is another story- some say pebble/gravel, others said pothole. I heard Nicholas Roche’s bike feel off the car, causing Bert to crash…! Regardless of how it happened, Contador¬†broke his femur in that crash. What is even MORE unbelievable is that he rode 18km or so on said broken leg!
  • Who knows what is going to happen with the race now. Either a) Nibali racks up a huge lead and “cruises” to Paris or b) the other GC hopefuls will see this as their chance and attack! I’m hoping for the latter, just so the race is more exciting. Even though I want Nibali to win ūüėČ
  • Well, something has lit a fire under J-Rod’s ass! This was the most animated I’ve seen him in AGES. Perhaps his plan all along was to lose so much time that the GC guys would let him get away to collect KOM points. “mwhaha, my plan is working!!” Tommy Voeckler tried to give him a run for his money, but Rodriguez said “I don’t THINK so, amigo.”
  • The Rodriguez decided KOM wasn’t enough (greedy bastard) and thought he’d take the stage. However, Nibali, smelling the yellow jersey in Paris was finally in his grasp, said “I don’t THINK so, amico!” He was leaving nothing to chance and rode Rodriguez down like a dog to make sure the jersey was firmly in his grasp. I had pretty mixed feelings about that, as I wanted Rodriguez to have the stage- mainly because I feel sorry for him. And you could tell Rodriguez was like, “Let’s work together and please can I have the stage?” but Nibali was all like “Ciao, bitches”.
  • It was fascinating to watch Nibali’s tactics change as the situation changed. Clearly, yesterday he was preparing himself and his team for battle against Saxo and Contador by giving up the responsibility of the yellow jersey. But the minute Contador wasn’t a threat any more, Nibali was like “MINE! GIVE IT BACK!”
  • So the race is either wide open or shut DOWN. The next few mountain stages will tell us if anyone can be a serious threat to Nibali!
  • Oh and to end on a happy note, Tejay seemed in good form! He looked good on the last climb, hanging with the group.

Ciao, bitches.

 

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Episode 83: The Giro ’14 Week 3 and Fro-Wig

It’s a short episode this week, as technical difficulties erased the 2nd half of the podcast ūüė¶ However, we still wrap up the Giro, Anna makes a compelling case for Wiggo playing 2nd fiddle and Jeff makes a BIG prediction for the 2014 Tour!

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Episode 82: The Crying Game

Jeff makes Anna cry when he tells her about Taylor Phinney’s crash at the US Pro Cycling Championship. Anna offers a #ProTip for watching priated feeds: download the AdBlocker Plus plugin for Mozilla or Chrome! It gets rid of pop ups and ads- it’s amazing. And we talk about our favorite stages of week two of the Giro and speculate on what might happen in the final week.

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Episode 53: A Giro for the Ages and Lance is Back!

We wrap up the Giro by talking about our picks for highs and lows of the race. We also speculate as to who has control of Lance Armstrong’s Twitter account, as he’s being too nice- Jeff is convinced it’s cheap labor from Asia now that he can’t afford PR staff.

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Episode 52: Weather, Sprints, and Climbs – Giro ’13

Jeff and Anna prove to be the best podcast hosts by not watching any of the stages this week! (not really, we watched most of them).

Basically we just talk about the Giro and it is awesome.

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Episode 51: The Giro has landed

As the first week of the Giro is done and dusted, we take a look all the happenings in this week’s episdoe!

Some GIRO! highlights:

  • Jeff details what it is about Cadel that bothers him, but we both agree if we had to choose between Cuddles and Wiggo, we’d chose Cuddles.
  • Jeff is convinced Wiggins has something up his sleeve. Anna is not.
  • We try not to get too excited by Cadel.
  • Gesink replaces Denis Mechov as the new Silent Assassin.
  • We want to talk to a fantasy cycling guru! We’re both amateurs at this, if you’re road.cc fantasy cycling wiz, let us know!

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Episode 50: High Octane and Slow Burn

We rants  A LOT about Wiggins/Sky/Froome, the cat bites me, we wonder what Classics would be like if they were directed by Michael Bay, and encourage you to join our fantasy leagues!

Fantasy cycling!!

  • Velogames: (league code: 29133250): Basic fantasy league- you pick your team and let it ride for the duration.
  • Road.cc (league code: 76730): A bit more intense, you can make a certain number of substitutes. Has free and pay options. You need a road.cc account to sign up for the league, but you don’t have to pay.

We mostly skip over talking about Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne to focus on Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege!

Giro!

  • Giro Startlist [Cycling Fever]
  • Basso to lead Cannondale- srsly?? [VeloNation]
  • Wiggins can’t decide- will he or won’t he ride the Giro? Meanwhile Froome starts shopping for new teams (not really, but I sure hope he is) [VeloNation]

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Episode 11: If Nibbles Goes, I Go

After an unintended and forced hiatus, Pelotonitis Podcast is BACK, baby. This week, Jeff Chandler (@c_fiddy) and I tackle tough subjects, such as, will the world end if Nibbles leaves Liquigas and is Jeff also powerless against Jakob’s dimples? And¬†Jeff also makes Anna choose between Boonen, Taylor and Nibbles. The choice is obvious.

News!

  • We are forced to contemplate the unthinkable: Nibali leaving Liquigas link¬†link¬†Jeff wagers it won’t happen and will buy Anna a cap from his new team if Nibbles does move.
  • Is charging to watch road races going against the spirit of the sport? link
  • In the “shocking news” department, comes Richie Porte’s statement that he feels more at home on Sky than Saxo Bank link
  • Also in the “shocking news” department, Jakob Fugulsang is probably going to leave RadioShack link
  • In the “extremely cocky” department, Alberto Contador says he still thinks of the 2011 as “his” link
  • You may not remember Jan Ullrich, but he’s been through some tough times link

Racing!

  • Giro d’Italia: Fast becoming Anna’s favorite Grand Tour, her massive fangirl crush on Taylor Phinney is evident as we moan poor Taylor’s luck.
  • Tour of California: May’s¬†other supremely important race. Jeff make a BOLD prediction and if he’s right, Anna will buy him a cap from that player’s team. Or maybe not.
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