Racing

  1. Doppio: Giro Week Two

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    The Doppio is Rapha’s weekly double-shot of Giro reportage and previews. In an opening week that had journalists and fans of the sport going pink in the face with excitement, one Italian reporter suggested we’d seen more action in one week of the Giro than a month of Silvio Berlusconi ‘bunga-bunga’ parties. And much like old Silvio’s career, week two has given us ups, downs, political scandal and plenty of leg action. Solo wins from homeboy Paolo Tiralongo, old-dog Phil Gilbert and young-nuke Illnur Zakarin kept us entertained, but the gossip has come from a touching case of sportsmanship gone wrong, i.e. that wheel change. Forza, Italia!

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  2. Doppio: Giro d’Italia

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    Doppio is Italian for a ‘double espresso’ but – also – the name for Rapha’s weekly shot of race reportage and previews. And what better week to kick off the return of the Doppio than with the Giro, a race that never disappoints. We’ve already witnessed some magnifica corsa, from Alberto ‘Pistolero’ Contador taking the maglia rosa and riding on despite a dislocated shoulder, to two unknown young guns escaping up the road with beautiful stage wins; so far, so great. We can’t wait to see what else the first [and for our money the best] Grand Tour of the season will bring.

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  3. Golden State

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    Next week, the peloton heads West to California, for the 2015 running of the Amgen Tour of California, a race that slots in a peg below a grand tour but capitalizes on the Golden State’s cultural capital, weather, a favourable parcours, and timing during the race calendar to draw attention and some of the bunch’s best sprinters and GC riders.

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  4. Monumental Panache: Liège–Bastogne–Liège

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    The ‘Old Lady’ of the Classics, Liège–Bastogne–Liège has a parcours ripe for daring exploits with its endless hills and curves. A there-and-back race that has been running since 1892, the often-terrible spring weather in the Ardennes also encourages exciting racing. We look forward to La Doyenne with a look back at some of its greatest victories.

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  5. Worth its weight in Gold

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    As the dust settles on the cobbled sectors of north-western Europe, and the bruised and rattled bones are beginning to ease, the professional peloton will turn its head to the upcoming Ardennes Classics – beginning with the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race on 19th April 2015.

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  6. Monumental Cobbles: Paris-Roubaix, in the words of others

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    Inspired by Wiggins’s own talent for one-liners, we have put together a compendium of our favourite quotes on Paris-Roubaix, by the people who raced it, organised it, wrote about it, loved it and, of course, hated it.

    You can enter the competition to win Rapha prizes and a signed Sir Bradley Wiggins World Champion Wool Jersey here »

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  7. Spring, The Hell of it All

    Testi: Rigo Zimmerman | Foto: Joe Hall | Data:

    The start line is a good place to begin. In races later in the year it can be an easy place, where a mixture of chatter, excitement and nerves builds gently to a casual roll through the neutral, but in spring the start line is different. Tense and crowded, riders push and jostle, no-one talks to anyone they don’t trust, no one can shake that strange unspeakable strain that feels like a giant block of ice sat square on their shoulders.

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  8. Monumental finishes: Milan–Sanremo

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    To launch our Monumental Competition, we take a look back at some classic Milan–Sanremo finishes. You can enter the competition to win Rapha prizes and a signed Sir Bradley Wiggins World Champion Wool Jersey here »

    For a so-called sprinters’ classic, Milan – Sanremo’s finishes are a spectacle of tension and turbulence, not just repeat screenings of a cycling stampede. Granted, the races first five or so hours rarely deserve rapt attention, but once the race reaches the Mediterranean and turns west, it becomes fraught, tactical, and volatile.

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