Stats and Sensibility: Rethinking the King of the Mountains

Every year, the Tour de France draws even casual sports fans to pay at least a passing glance at the sport of cycling. People who wouldn’t know their peloton from their pedal are bombarded on sports pages with at least a passing glance at the day’s events for three weeks every July. Here in the United States the phenomenon is largely thanks to the twin titans of American cycling, Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong, who over a twenty-year... Read More

2011 Tour de France: Pre-Race Reconnaissance

Cycling is unique in that the climax of its season comes not at the end of the season but dead center in the heart of the calendar. It isn’t the Tour Down Under in January or the Giro di Lombardia in October that the top riders of the road dream about. No, it is the sunflowers dotting French countryside in July that captivates the imagination, the high Alpine and Pyrenean passes that separate the contenders from the pretenders. It is a rite... Read More

2011 Tour de France: Nagging Pre-Race Questions

Cycling is unique in that the climax of its season comes not at the end of the season but dead center in the heart of the calendar. It isn’t the Tour Down Under in January or the Giro di Lombardia in October that the top riders of the road dream about. No, it is the sunflowers dotting French countryside in July that captivates the imagination, the high Alpine and Pyrenean passes that separate the contenders from the pretenders. Read More  Read More

2011 Giro d’Italia – Rest Day Ruminations (Stages 13-15)

94th Giro d’Italia/07-29 May 2011 Throughout the course of the Giro d’Italia, Sports Nickel’s resident Non-Traditional Sports Fan in America will offer his news and notes on the action from the first grand tour of the 2011 cycling season… Read More  Read More

NTSF 105: Diversifying your sports portfolio with the Vuelta finale, aging legends and more…

  What is the greatest benefit in having as diverse a range of sporting interests as possible from a fan’s standpoint? There is never an offseason… something is always right in line to take the place of a departing season with a fresh dose of varied live action. It is often said that there really is no offseason in many American pastimes, but no matter where any one sport takes place there is always a natural rhythm to the season, an... Read More

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