This week the 37-year-old former Giro d'Italia winner was banned for life by CONI after his latest drugs misdemeanour. Having already served a three-month ban for the 'Oil for Drugs' investigation in 2007 and given a reduced 15-month ban in 2009 after a positive test for EPO CERA, Di Luca was outraged at CONI's apparent adherence to the three-strikes-and-you're-out rule after he was inevitably shown the doorRead More »from Di Luca joins Armstrong in playing the victim card
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 14:53 GMT
As pro cycling teams start to release their new kits for the forthcoming season, Blazin' Saddles goes all Gok Wan on what we can expect in the peloton in 2014.
There have been a flurry of activity in the saddle sartorial stakes this week with Astana, BMC, FDJ and Omega Pharma-Quick Step all releasing images of their kits for the new season. In most cases it's a case of plus ca change, with no team yet to unveil a real corker. Let's take a closer look...
Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team-mates will be pedalling around Europe and other further flung places inRead More »from 2014 new cycling kit round-up
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Fri, Nov 29, 2013 13:22 GMT
Click below as the latest edition sees the guys look at who the 2014 Giro d'Italia course may suit amongst many other issues. Could Cadel Evans be a surprise winner at the age of 37.
How To Listen:Read More »from Cycling Podcast: Could old man Evans win 2014 Giro?
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:26 GMT
Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome have won millions of admirers around the world with their stunning Tour de France victories in 2012 and 2013 respectively - but it seems that they can scarcely tolerate the sight of each other.
A report in The Times reveals that Wiggins even refused to share a portion of his Tour de France winnings with Froome in 2012 - and that while he did eventually offer a payment to Froome, he did so only after a new book by cycling journalist David Walsh threatened to expose his stinginess.
Long-standing tradition dictates that Tour de France winners share their prizeRead More »from Unpaid bonus reveals depth of intense rift between Wiggins and Froome
The latest tome by Irish journalist David Walsh lifts the lid on his time spent embedded inside Team Sky last year - and a certain knighted rider will not be happy with the results.
In 'Inside Team Sky', Walsh explains how Sir Bradley Wiggins - then just plain Wiggo - refused to pay team-mate Chris Froome a slice of his win bonus after becoming Britain's first ever Tour de France victor in 2012.
According to Walsh, Wiggo paid everyone from Sky's winning Tour team except his leashed super-domestique, who finished second after helping steer Wiggins through the high mountains.
It was not untilRead More »from New Sky book to ruffle Wiggo’s feathers?
With the 2014 season looming, Vuelta champion Chris Horner, former Vuelta winner Juan Jose Cobo, four-time Tour de France stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez and former Tour polka dot jersey Samuel Sanchez are all still looking for a contract.
That's a pretty all-star cast looking for a platform on which to project their talent.
Misfiring all-rounder Thomas de Gendt recently took an 80 per cent pay cut to secure a one-year contract with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, which reflects just how desperate things were getting for the Belgian in the wake of a bad season and the demise of Vacansoleil-DCM.
Don'tRead More »from Looking for a contract: Cycling’s Expendables
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 19:14 GMT
Click below as the latest edition sees the guys dissect Lance Armstrong’s recent interviews, discuss the doping culture and examine Chris Horner’s protestations that he’s not Rider 15.
How To Listen:Read More »from Cycling Podcast: Armstrong interviews tell us absolutely nothing
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 13:36 GMT
Britain's greatest ever sprinter Mark Cavendish has revealed the unique and meticulous preparation that he undertakes pre-race to maintain his status as cycling's greatest sprinter.
Cavendish, who has had a prickly relationship with mainstream media in the past, sat down with Jonathan Liew of the Telegraph and the columnist is not shy in his initial appraisal of the Manx Missile, stating that if you judged him on his post-race interviews alone, you “might indeed conclude that he was a little dim”.
As is often the case with elite level sportspeople – who asses crucial situations in nanosecondsRead More »from The amazing secrets behind Mark Cavendish’s success
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 16:46 GMT
This week, Canada's Ryder Hesjedal was praised for his honesty and integrity. Taking a leaf out of the 2012 Giro d'Italia winner's book, Blazin' Saddles is also going to be "fully truthful" in his reporting of the past few days' news.
So here are some facts.
Michael Rasmussen next week releases his book Yellow Fever. Far from being the Dane's attempt to reinvent himself as a risque travel writer specialising in the delights of South East Asia, the book is a warts-and-all autobiography about one Chicken's dope-fuelled quest to win the Tour de France.
In an extract published in a CopenhagenRead More »from Easy Ryder: Fully truthful Hesjedal doing cycling proud
- Eurosport | Blazin' Saddles – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 16:52 BST
Five summit finishes, the winding roads of Yorkshire, cobbles in northern France and just the one individual time trial - the 2014 Tour de France route couldn't be more different from this year's centenary Grande Boucle. Blazin' Saddles takes a closer look...
Well, it was nice of Chris Froome to turn up - even if the reigning Tour de France champion looked as if he'd experienced a power cut while snatching at items of clothing from his wardrobe.
His face fuller, flabbier and be-dimpled, Froome sported the kind of beige safari jacket that he might have worn during his time studying in SouthRead More »from Tricky Tour de France route unveiled as Kloden bids farewell
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Ever since he was bullied by his brothers into watching the Tour de France as an eight-year-old, Blazin" Saddles has been a cycling fanatic. As persistent as Voigt, as fast as Abdoujaparov, as voracious as Ullrich and as accurate as a Festina watch, Blazin' Saddles offers a lighter take on the oft-grave world of professional cycling. The self-styled best cycling-blog pedlar in the business, BS refutes sullied claims of doping levelled by his rivals: these nuggets are powered on Gerolsteiner fizzy water alone. Just ask BS's friend Bernhard Kohl for a reference.