Rider updates: Fabian Cancellara, Taylor Phinney and Geraint Thomas

Unlike Tim’s triple-sprint group of riders, the guys I’m following have all been largely quiet for the past few months but with moments of brilliance. I’ve also replaced Robbie McEwen with Taylor Phinney in my trio, as Robbie’s retired now and I need someone to write about! But I’ll still keep an eye on Robbie and report anything noteworthy from his new career as sprint mentor for Orica-GreenEDGE.

Let’s get right to it!

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan)

Fabian Cancellara at Tour de Suisse 2012 (image courtesy of Danielle Haex)

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Friday Feature: Farewell Robbie, the peloton won’t be the same without you

One final race for McEwen (image courtesy of GreenEDGE)

This Sunday, May 20th, Robbie McEwen will end his road racing career on the last stage of the Tour of California, in front of LA’s Staples Center. I, for one, am hoping that he will end it with his arms raised as he wins his final sprint finish. I wonder if he ever imagined that would be where he would retire, one month off 40, when he was growing up in Brisbane, Queensland. I doubt it. But one thing he probably was sure of was that whatever he did, he would be a success.

Sprinters really don’t intrigue me that much but I’ve always had a soft spot for Robbie McEwen. When I first starting watching cycling during the 2004 Tour de France, I had no idea what was going on, but I did know that what Robbie McEwen could do in the last few hundred metres of a race was something special. Just how special, I didn’t realise until I began to learn what sprinting was all about.

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Giro d’Italia: Teams and sponsors (part 1)

The Giro d’Italia, the first of the year’s three Grand Tours, kicks off on Saturday with 198 riders representing the 18 WorldTour teams and four wild-card entries set to take to the start line.

Many fans will be familiar with the main riders in the peloton, but have you ever wondered who are the mysterious sponsors whose names are plastered all over every available square inch of the riders and their equipment? As the opening instalment of our race preview, here’s the first of a two-part overview of the 22 teams and their title sponsors, which reveals an eclectic mix of bike manufacturers, financial services providers, explosive manufacturers and even countries! Continue reading