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 – Notes on the First Week (Stages 4-7)

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

A Burgeoning Champion Dies Before His Time

Today we were confronted with the need to sum up a young man’s life, ended with a horrible sort of symmetry. At the Giro d’Italia on Monday, mortality struck for one cyclist as his life was snatched away just as he was ascending into the prime years of his chosen profession. Read More  Read More