VeloNews Show: Is the 2018 TDF innovative or gimmicky?

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Organizer ASO stunned the cycling world with an unusual Tour de France route for 2018. It has cobblestones, a super-short climbing stage, precious few time trial kilometers, and even a bit of dirt road. Is the Tour de France headed in the right direction with an innovative approach to spice up the race? Or, are these just gimmicks that detract from the Grande Boucle’s heritage?

Plus, we discuss the 2018 La Course route. ASO has found another climber-friendly route for the Women’s WorldTour race, but is one day enough for what should be the season’s marquee event?

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VN Show: Tips to help Thibaut beat Nibali

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Shed a tear for the 2017 road racing season because it’s essentially finished. The final monument of the year, Il Lombardia, is in the books.

The “Race of the Falling Leaves” offered lots of excitement. There were scary crashes. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) went head-to-head in the finale. And the Italian came out on top.

We should also shed a tear for Pinot. He still has trouble with those fast, technical descents.

Lucky for the Frenchman, we’ve got some innovative ideas to help him improve his skills. In this episode of the VeloNews Show we brainstorm a bunch of ways to make him competitive with the likes of Nibali.

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VN Show: Sagan makes it three; Dutch domination; Contador sings

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On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show, we serve up a cacophony of takes from the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway. We deliver opinionated answers to all of the burning questions.

Should WorldTour riders be allowed to compete in the U23 road race? (No! Wait, yes! Maybe?) Does Tom Dumoulin’s world time trial championships bode well for the 2018 Tour de France? (Yes — well, hopefully!) Should pro road cyclists dismount and then remount their bicycles during a time trial? (No! Never!) Can anybody defeat the dominant Dutch women? (No — not the Americans, at least.) And how the heck did Peter Sagan win his third consecutive title?

Plus, we examine Alberto Contador’s new post-cycling career option as an opera singer. That’s right, El Pistolero has some serious pipes.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show!

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VN Show: Cross Vegas says goodbye to Vegas; Spencer races an E-Bike

On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show we head to the Interbike trade show to watch the final edition of Cross Vegas to be held at the Desert Breeze Sports Complex in Las Vegas. Next year the race is moving to Reno alongside the bike trade show, and we want to give it a proper sendoff. We chat with race winners Katerina Nash and Laurens Sweeck about their respective dominating performances.

Then, Spencer takes you through his experience racing an electric mountain bike in the E-Bike Challenge competition at Cross Vegas. Spoiler alert: There was plenty of operator error.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show.

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VN Show: Contador’s epic farewell

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On this week’s episode of The VeloNews Show we analyze Alberto Contador’s awesome farewell attack on the Alto de l’Angliru, one of the steepest climbs in Europe. Where does Contador’s epic raid stack up in the canon of Angliru battles? How does his goodbye compare to those of the sport’s other recent retirees? We take a peek.

Plus, Vuelta winner Chris Froome showcased a hidden talent during the race’s final stage.

Finally, Cannondale-Drapac has been saved, thanks to the addition of a new title sponsor EF Education First.

All that and more on this week’s The VeloNews Show.

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