Author Archives: James Raia

The final word on Lance Armstrong? George Carlin unloads

A documentary on Lance Armstrong will be released later this year

So much has been written about Lance Armstrong, it’s hard to know what to believe and what to think about the disgraced athlete. I don’t think about it much now, except for when the Tour de France is on the horizon. And that makes me think of George Carlin. Like many other journalists, I wrote about Armstrong’s accomplishments for nearly ... Read More »

Sacramento confirmed as 2014 Tour of California starting city

The start of stage 7 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of Califormia.

As expected, Sacramento will play host to the start of the Amgen Tour of California for the second time next May and will be part of the event for the sixth time in its nine-year history. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), presenter of the race, revealed the route cities at a Sacramento press conference Nov. 5. California’s capital city was rumored ... Read More »

Sacramento to stage 2014 Tour of California start?

Tour of California stage finish in Modesto, California.

After a two-year absence, Sacramento is a strong candidate to return as a host city and potentially as the overall starting location for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Repeated calls to the Sacramento Sports Commission and Sacramento Visitors and Convention Bureau officials regarding the city’s plans for the race have no been returned. Rumors Sacramento would be returning to ... Read More »

Tour of Alberta debuts, adds to Canada’s rabid sports legacy

Tour of Alberta logo

The 1986 season was remarkable for North American cycling. The road and track World Championships were held in the United States. And a U.S.-based squad sponsored by an American convenience store chain competed in the Tour de France and it featured a 25-year-old rider who pedaled into Canadian history. Alex Stieda wasn’t Canada’s most internationally prominent cyclist. The country’s champions ... Read More »

Cycling isn’t hockey and that’s OK as Tour of Alberta debuts

Tour of Alberta stage map

Canada’s national pastime is all about face-offs and fast-moving pucks. It’s aggressive moves and lots of body checks and cold, hard ice and slap shots. It’s hockey, and there’s no tolerance for shaved legs and Lycra and athletes who weigh 130 pounds soaking wet. Unless, of course, you consider the athleticism involved and you talk to athletes who’ve mastered hockey ... Read More »

Chris Horner pedaling into cycling history at Tour of Spain

Chris Horner has won two stages and is now in the race lead for the second in the 2013 Tour of Spain. Image courtesy Radioshack/Nissan, 2012

Chris Horner pedaled back into the lead of the Tour of Spain on Sept. 2 with his second stage win in the season’s final Grand Tour. He’s still several mountaintop stages and nearly two weeks of racing away from the first three-week title of his nearly two-decade career. But Horner, soon-to-be age 42, is back strong, just like has been ... Read More »

USA Pro Challenge rewind: Bad manners, nosebleeds, great race

Tejay van Garderen won the Tour of Cailfornia and USA Pro Challenge in 2013.

The third edition of the USA Pro Challenge ended Sunday, Aug. 25 in Denver as nearly everyone expected. Peter Sagan won his fourth stage and Tejay van Garderen completed his sweep of this year’s two biggest races in the United States. The dominance of Sagan and van Garderen served as a microcosm of what is also quite apparent. In three ... Read More »

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