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

NTSF 103: The Vuelta, the U.S. Open and all the trimmings…

Some of the following words were penned over the past week, part of daily coverage of major international sporting events being held both here stateside and over the Atlantic across the length and breadth of España. Some are thoughts I’ve articulated with other writers, grappled with amongst coworkers at the day job, and discussed amongst friends. Others are fast-paced thoughts happening in real time, regurgitated verbatim as they spew from... Read More

2010 Vuelta a España – Stage 11 News and Notes

Stage 11 – Vilanova i la Geltrú to Andorra – 208.4 km (129.2 mi) Wednesday/08 September 2010 Read More  Read More

NTSF 098: FIFA sanctions, tectonic shifts in cycling, new F1 leader and more…

The calendar turns yet again into August, a month stacked with events galore for sports fans around the globe. We’re gearing up for the start of club seasons throughout European soccer, with teams already vying for spots in the UEFA Champions League main draw with just one qualifying round left now to decide the field. Tennis gears up for the last Grand Slam of the 2010 season, the hard courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center... Read More

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