The Pro Cycling Report for Thursday, May 23, 2013


With three days to go in the Giro, Nibali looks all but certain for final pink. (Photo courtesy of Team Astana | Facebook)

 A quick roundup of recent stories, most about pro cycling, that I found worth reading.

By Daniel McMahon

Nibali won the Giro’s uphill TT on stage 18 Thursday, re-confirming he’s the strongest rider in the race. He gained time on next-best Evans, who had an off day. Evans leads Uran by just 10 seconds with three stages to go. Scarponi is close behind, in fourth. So Evans has work to do still. VeloNews

Evans’ poor performance in the TT was a surprise to most. On Twitter he called his performance “abysmal” but praised Nibali as being in a class of his own. Note in the same tweet he included the hashthag #goodtraining, so expect him to be well ready come the 100th Tour de France, which starts in 37 days. Twitter

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Indeed, for the 2011 Tour champ the glass is half full. “Of course second is better than third place, and fourth is a pretty horrible place to finish in a Grand Tour.” VeloNews

On the road to becoming BMC’s leader at the Tour, a good start is to win California, but it’s still not as good as going podium at the Giro. VeloNation

The highly anticipated battles on the Gavia and the Stelvio are gone because of likely bad weather in the Dolomites. Stage 19 has been altered cancelled because of snow. Cyclingnews

With his race being another big hit this year, Giro director Michele Acquarone asserts that the sport needs more great races. SBS Cycling Central

A look at what some pros opted to ride in the uphill TT at the Giro. VeloNews

Get your cycling-lit fix with The Cycling Anthology: Volume Two. Features writing by some of the sport’s best journalists. Cycling Weekly

A word on the rise of Lawson Craddock after his top-10 finish at California. Steve Tilford

A response to the WSJ story about the death of Lycra from Patrick Brady. Red Kite Prayer editor in chief Ben Delaney tells the story of his “electrical” at the recent New York gran fondo. BikeRadar

Team Blanco, formerly Team Rabobank, could become Team Belkin. Cyclingnews

If you’re going to see a race in person, especially for the first time, ditch the camera when the riders come by and just enjoy the moment. The Inner Ring

McQuaid writes an op-ed: “Cycling has an extremely bright future.” Cyclingnews

A new video profiling Axel Merckx, DS for Bontrager, as he continues to grow young talent after the departure last year of Dombrowski and Boswell, both of whom are now riding for Sky. YouTube

On Facebook, Giant challenges Specialized to aero test:

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As always, add links to interesting stories I may have missed in the comment section below. Or email me here.

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