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The more things change… Fausto Coppi (5′ 9½”) and Alberto Contador (5′ 9½”) position on the bike.

Coppi Contador bikes

Note that although there is a bigger drop from saddle to stem on Contador’s bike the default modern position in the hoods is actually higher then the old in the drops position of Coppi.


I plugged in the geometry of Coppi’s 1949 Bianchi which can be found in the Winter 2008 issue of BQ and a Specialized Tarmac SL3. It doesn’t look it in the photo but the front and back are equally shorter so weight distribution does not change as was pointed out in the comments. I thought the longer stem on the modern bike might provide additional leverage but Coppi’s stem was 115 and I chose a 130 for the Specialized and looking at the drawing the difference is not dramatic. For a rider switching between the hoods and the drops while racing the contact points are very similar between the 2 geometries.

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Viva Italia!

It’s a great day for the tifosi as 3 Italians sit on the top of the general classification at the Giro d’Italia after Liquigas smoked the TTT in stage 4.

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 10:44:00
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:13
3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:20

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“Just you wait, my dears, and see what happens on the cobbles.

And, indeed, you see soon enough. Or rather, you hear, because it’s the din that hits you first as the pandemonium engulfs you. Press cars and motorbikes roar past you. Everyone is shouting because of the scraping, the falling, the bursting tyres. Everything is falling apart. The bikes have got the jitters: thier rattling makes an appalling racket. And you get the full force of it in your arms.

Then comes the silence. You find yourself with two or three other blokes, in tatters like yourself. You guess that one has a puncture and the other has come off the bike; your shoes are lying next to you. You may be a bit of the battlefield, but you know nothing of the continuing battle, either ahead or behind.

Around the next turn you spot more victims, carrying a wheel or an entire bike in their arms.

The cobbles come to an end. On to a tarmac section. you can’t help laughing. Your bike turns back into a bike, tame again.”

-Jean Bobet
Tomorrow, we ride

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Domincan Augusto Sánchez takes the overall lead in the Vuelta Independencia. Augusto may deliver the Dominican Republic it's first win in 22 years in it's national tour the Vuelta Ciclística Independencia.

It’s rare to get any coverage of the Latin American and Caribbean UCI sanctioned stage races. Thanks to a diary in Velo News by Josh Liberles we are getting an inside look at Josh’s experiences racing in the 10-stage Vuelta Ciclística Independencia in the Dominican Republic. It also provides a look into the world of the journeyman racers and teams that labor anonymously in events that get no international attention and offer little in the way of financial compensation.

Velo News
Gringo Diaries: Vuelta Independencia
Stage 1
Stage 2 & 3
Stage 4

Augusto Sánchez rides for team Aro y Pedal.

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Franco Ballerini, Italian national cycling coach and winner of Paris-Roubaix in 1995 and 1998 died in a rally car crash last Sunday. Below are videos of Ballerini tearing up the cobbles on his Colnago in the ’95 and ’98 Paris Roubaix races. RIP Franco, you will be missed.

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