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Deep Thoughts: TdF ’14 Stage 7

Pretty shallow thoughts on today’s tour- not too much to say!

  • Love how the peloton will reel the break in and let them dangle a minute out there for kilometers on end. So cruel!
  • Did anyone else notice the massive air horns for Peter Sagan when he was on the podium?? Someone in the audience blew their air horn non stop the whole time Peter was on the stage!
  • Speaking of Peter, why did he make that late attack, pulling Greg with him? Was he just trying his luck? Because I can’t think of another reason why you’d start so early. He seems to be lacking some tactical sense lately, but perhaps he’s just on a learning curve- winning is more than just sheer strength!
  • Another crash controversy: At first look, it seemed to me Talansky drifted left without looking and overcompensated when he saw Gerrans swinging into him. Coversations on Twitter raged as to whether Gerrans is at fault as well- did he cut over or did he hold his line? Most seem to be of the opinion that Gerrans cut over but Phinney and McEwen think otherwise! Talansky also thought Gerrans was in the wrong- Vaughters tweeted that Talansky wanted an apology from Gerrans. People on Twitter were saying from an overhead shot, Gerrans move didn’t seem so extreme, but I haven’t been able to find an overhead video of the crash. Your thoughts?
  • Tejay has crashed 5 times so far! Can’t believe he’s still in one piece.

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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 81: Giro ’14, Week 1

We recap the first week of the Giro, talking about our impressions and predictions. Jeff also recaps the Tour of California, since Anna didn’t watch it at all. It turns out Jeff finds Greg Lemond too nice and Anna does some nice wordsmithing.

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Episode 78: Spoiler Alert! Paris-Roubiax edition

If we had been writing the Paris-Roubaix script, Jeff and I would’ve made the group of favorites duke it out in the velodrome, but it was still an amazing race! It’s the best Paris-Roubaix ever, until the next Paris-Roubaix. Jeff has some interesting insight into the mind of OPQS, Anna admits she kinda has a crush on Brad worries Jeff will break up with her for admitting it!

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Episode 77: Cunning Cancellara

Jeff is the star of this week’s episode, so buckle up! Anna wonders if OPQS the new Sky of the Classics, decides it’s okay to be a sore loser sometimes, and marvel at Cancellara’s strength and cunning!

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Episode 70: Dubai, Phinney, Qatar, Paris-Nice

We speculate on Taylor Phinney’s future, wonder if Tony Martin is a whiner, decide we like the 4 day stage races, and can’t wait for the new Paris-Nice route! Also, if Wiggins and Fabian went head to head at Paris-Roubaix, who would win?

Tour of Dubai!

Paris-Nice!

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FIRST LOOK: BMC 2014 kit

FIRST LOOK: BMC 2014 kit

Meh. I love the red, but I’ve never been a fan of the weird black blocking. At least it stands out!

And oh god, Taylor’s hair. I just cannot take him seriously with that hair!

Episode 47: The Gang’s All Here for Milan-Sanremo!

We get the whole gang together to talk about Milan-Sanremo! And what a race it was, huh?? It’s fast becoming Anna’s favorite spring race. We also discuss the “paperboy technique” employed by many on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatco and Anna gets her ranty-pants on over people being rude. Plus, the trials of being Andy Schleck.

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Episode 39: 2012 Cycling Moments

In this special (short) episode, we talk about some the 2012 cycling moments that helped make the season memorable for us!

In Anna’s (very) unscientific survey, there were a few moments that quite a few people mentioned.

  • Tom Boonen’s win at Paris-Roubaix

  • Ryder winning the Giro
  • The Olympics- Vos’ emotional win and Taylor’s oh-so-close 4th

Then there’s the race that got Anna’s vote: Milan-Sanremo. Watching Nibali, Cancellara and Gerrans duke it out until the end, and cross the line with the peloton snapping at their heels- amazing!

Other, smaller moments that got votes:

  • Iljo Kaisse and the Tour of Turkey- slipping his chain in the last 2km, yet still managing to hold off the peloton and take the stage (at 6:50)

  • Stage 17 of the Veulta (one of Anna’s favs), when Rodriguez finally cracked and Contador took an emotional win

  • Stage 8 of the Tour, when Madiot freaked out over Pinot’s win

  • Stage 15 of the Giro, when Rabottini refuses let Rodriguez take away his solo breakaway efforts

All of these moments helped make 2012 an awesome year for cycling. We can’t wait for the new season to start and make more moments!

[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast39.mp3]

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Episode 16: Where We Talk About the Things You’re Sick Of

Despite there being nothing of note that came out in the cycling world this past week, we found something to talk about. KIDDING. We actually spent the whole hour and a half talking about the topics you’re sick to death of- Lance and the Schlecks. Okay, maybe not the whole time. Also, I profess guilt at not including women in the podcast- I hate the thought of them being reduced to a side note in the men’s podcast. However, a new podcast devoted solely to women’s racing has just been launched by @_Pigeons_ and @entendered. So head over to their blog and check out women’s cycling!

News!

  • We spend a lot of time talking about and dissecting the Lance accusations that just came out. Jeff calls Horner a strange man.
  • We’re happy Bert signed with Saxo Bank for 3 1/2 years article
  • Liquigas is caught between a rock and hard place when it comes to putting Nibali in races, what with his announcement that he will be leaving
  • Hincapie will be retiring. It doesn’t mean much to me, but it might mean something to others. And Jeff thought Hincapie was a jerk. article
  • The US Olympic selection was announced and Jeff’s string of bad predictions continues. And I talk about how guilty I feel that we don’t cover women’s cycling in our show. So check out @_Pigeons_ and @entendered’s new women’s cycling podcast and make me feel better.

Racing!

  • Tour de Suisse: Sagan has no fear while he’s kicking ass and it’s like he takes a dragster to a Formula 1 race.
  • Ster ZLM Toer: I don’t t even know what country this race is in, but all I know is that Cav lost twice.
  • Tour de France: We feel bad for Andy and RadioShack and wonder at the irony that he’ll now be riding the Veulta with Contador. We felt sorry for Chris for a couple of minutes.
[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast16.mp3]

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