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Peter Sagan comes second a lot but he may be the world’s best cyclist

Is there a bigger star in cycling right now than Peter Sagan? The Slovakian just won his fourth consecutive Tour de France green jersey and his quirky post-race interviews have endeared him to cycling fans the world over. He’s a true contender in the Classics and in the bunch sprints. He even won the Tour of California this year, showing a previously untapped talent for time trialling. During the Tour de France, his team boss Oleg Tinkov made an interesting point, in between the casual insults, offensive tweets and provocative bluster. He said that Sagan was the strongest cyclist in the world. It’s an interesting point, because Sagan is just as famous for not winning as he is for winning. At the last two Tours, he’s finished top-five 20 times without winning a stage. How can a rider who always comes second be the best cyclist in the world? The answer is in that breadth of talent. He’s one of the few riders in the bunch who has an effect on every race he’s in - his rivals, knowing how…

EKIMOV - The Untouchable

Cycling continues to purge the old guard but Katusha’s general manager seems impregnable. Procycling assesses the significance of the Russian’s presence in the WorldTour merry-go-round.

WRITER: Herbie Sykes (Procycling 209, November 2015)

During the autumn of 2012, the UCI Licence Commission stated that it was deferring decisions on three WorldTour renewals. The licence applications of Movistar and RadioShack were to be closely scrutinised, and so too was that of Katusha, the team of incumbent WorldTour champion Joaquim Rodríguez.
In December the bombshell duly arrived. Katusha – and Katusha alone – were out, and that was that. Of course, the team cried foul immediately and announced that they would be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The specifics of the decision weren’t forthcoming, so the press began speculating, blaming the Russians’ perceived ethical deficit.
Many cited the proxy war (and long-standing personal enmity) between then UCI pre…

Belluomini, il meccanico che fece vincere Pantani

Gli riparò la bici in corsa nella tappa del Giro d’Italia che "il Pirata" vinse a Merano Tanti i campioni con cui ha lavorato: «Il più grande? Battaglin, un vero signore»
di Valter Nieri Il Tirreno, 12 novembre 2015

LUCCA. Quando si parla di ciclismo poche volte viene in mente il lavoro oscuro, ma a volte determinante per la vittoria dei corridori, fatto dai meccanici. A San Ginese è nato e vive uno fra i meccanici più affermati nella storia del ciclismo: Giuliano Belluomini. Nel 1994 lavorava alla Carrera-Tassoni e doveva preparare le biciclette a campioni come "El Diablo" Claudio Chiappucci e Marco Pantani. Proprio quell’anno «Il Pirata» esplose a livello internazionale.
La dedica di Pantani
Il primo successo lo ottenne nella 14esima tappa del Giro d'Italia, da Linz (Austria) a Merano di 235 chilometri. L'allora ventiquattrenne corridore della …