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  1. Powerful Pete

    Varese World Championships...

    Ok, in the authority conferred to me by no one, I would like to open the official thread on the WC. :D I noticed that Boonen, Valverde and Bettini have all three demonstrated through their wins in the Vuelta that they are in excellent shape and will have to be reckoned with in the WCs...
  2. Powerful Pete

    Highroad gets new sponsorship

    Just off weightweenies: High Road will be no more, as of the Tour de France Columbia Sportswear company will start a three year sponsorship with them. http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/Colombia_Sportswear_to_sponsor_High_Road_team_article_258783.html
  3. Powerful Pete

    New Campagnolo shifters photographed

    Ran across this on weightweenies. Here are the first pics of the 'regular' new Campagnolo shifters. More pics of carbon goodness available on this Dutch site... And from comments on other forums, apparently there will be two different sized hoods for different sized hands, and the...
  4. Powerful Pete

    Folding handlebars?

    Just came across this (no, I am not being productive at work today, ok?)... http://gizmodo.com/5015133/folding-bike-handlebars-so-obvious-it-took-this-long-to-think-of-it Do not know what to make of it. Could make sense on commuting bikes as a way to save space and potentially as an additional...
  5. Powerful Pete

    Giro Live Streaming

    Not sure this has come up, if you are having trouble watching the Giro on TV, RAI (Italian Television) has a good streaming website... not sure you will be able to see it in all countries, but worth a try. http://www.giroditalia.rai.it Then on the left side menu click on "Diretta della tappa"...
  6. Powerful Pete

    Ordering from ProBikeKit

    Hello there everyone. I am considering ordering a Campagnolo Chorus crankset from probikekit. I am aware that they are a reputable store that apparently few have a problem with. Can someone explain the entire concept that they seem to have about running good prices on items which appear to...
  7. Powerful Pete

    Carbon wrap kit!

    The newest thing in the cycling world! Sure to revolutionise our riding experience and put those expensive carbon fiber frame makers out of business! Of course, it is 1 April today... super-responsive carbon wrap...
  8. Powerful Pete

    Garmin 705... who has one... experience?

    Hello there. With the start of the cycling season, I feel an attack of that wonderful, yet dreaded disease, Cycling Equipment Spenditis (CES) coming on. Can anyone tell us anything about their experience with Garmin's new GPS... how much were they able to purchase it for, how well does it work...
  9. Powerful Pete

    Cycling races on torrents...

    Ok everyone, now that demonoid is dead, where do we get all the classics through our trusty torrent software? The only files that appear to come up for 2008 are the K-B-K, the Omloop Het Volk and stages of the Paris Nice. Or at least, that is what I find looking on www.mininova.org...
  10. Powerful Pete

    World Cyclocross Championships - 2008 Treviso-Italy

    Ok kids, sorry to get the forum off-track from our usual winter banter, but things are starting up again. Any thoughts/calls for the world championships, which will take place 26 and 27 January in Treviso? Official website (in Italian, English and Flemish - top left on yellow banner which...
  11. Powerful Pete

    Black jersey comes back to Giro!

    Finally some useful, important news. The Giro organisers are bringing back the black jersey for the last placed rider! :) Read more about it in cycling news.
  12. Powerful Pete

    Fausto Coppi...

    On 2 January it was the 48th anniversary of Fausto Coppi's death. :( Thought a reminder about the campionissimo was in order. :( Sandrino Carrea, now in his 80s, and probably his most famous gregario, still visits the tomb on the anniversary every year. Little blurb on the gazzetta website for...
  13. Powerful Pete

    Women's Road Race Results - World Championships

    Well, although this is not really in the spirit of this forum, I would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that some road racing is actually taking place in Stuttgart this weekend. ;) And that Marta Bastianelli (a Rome girl!) is the new Elite World Champion, beating Marianne Vos (one...
  14. Powerful Pete

    Transfers for next year...

    Bennati going to Liquigas and Di Luca going to Lampre. Time to cash in for everyone!
  15. Powerful Pete

    McQuaid attacks Bettinin for not signing anti-doping commitment

    McQuaid states he is " very angry " with Bettini for not signing the anti-doping letter. He stated that he was tired of Bettini and riders like him not signing the letter. He is also very angry with the Italian Federation for not having forced all riders to sign. Di Rocco, the President of...
  16. Powerful Pete

    No Worlds for Boonen

    Following a bad fall in the Vuelta and injuries to one knee and his back, Boonen has decided not to participate in the forthcoming World Championship Road Race. That sucks. It is always a good thing for the race to have someone like him there!
  17. Powerful Pete

    French and Australian Teams for Worlds

    Continuing in the spirit of attempting to discuss racing here on the forum, here we go: France: Sylvain Chavanel Stephane Auge Amael Moinard Pierrick Fedrigo Thomas Voeckler Sandy Casar Benoit Vaugrenard Romain Feillu Ludovic Turpin Interesting that Moreau has not been included in the team...
  18. Powerful Pete

    Italian Team to Worlds Announced

    Nothing surprising, but now it is official: Paolo Bettini Danilo Di Luca Davide Rebellin Filippo Pozzato Damiano Cunego Alessandro Ballan Alessandro Bertolini Marzio Bruseghin Andrea Tonti Vincenzo Nibali Giovanni Visconti The two reserves have yet to be decided. IMHO, a few too many...
  19. Powerful Pete

    Ballan may go to Quickstep

    Not sure yet, apparently he would prefer staying with Lampre, but the news is out, so it looks like they are trying to recruit him. Or so says the Gazzetta. Boonen, Bettini, Ballan, Devolders, etc...
  20. Powerful Pete

    Investigation on Di Luca and Mazzoleni is gearing up...

    DiLuca, Mazzonleni and several Italian athletics sportsmen will be summoned for hearings by the CONI antidoping unit in the coming week. It is now official on the gazetta website, read more here (in Italian, obviously). Apparently the carabinieri got Mazzoleni on tape speaking to a doctor...