Alberto Contador & Ivan Basso pair up to tease A new road bike brand

What bikes are retired road pro Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso riding these days? Based on each of their Instagram feeds, the A on the headtube of the masked bike they have been leaking, and the teasingly named new @Abikesofficial company account… the two look set to debut an all-new A _ _ _ _ […]

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To Sochi Autodrom to start the next thousand – Scuderia Ferrari

Sunday sees the seventh running of the Russian Grand Prix, the tenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. It takes place at the Sochi Autodrom, near the Black Sea coastal resort, with the 5.848-kilometre track using roads around the Olympic village built for the 2014 Winter games. The nearby Luna Park and its brightly coloured rollercoasters provide a backdrop at various parts of the track.

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18 corners. The track has 18 corners, 12 to the right and 6 to the left, with 1.7 km on public roads. The lap starts near the train station and heads for the Medals Plaza, which was where the Olympic prizegiving ceremonies took place and the five linked rings still mark the spot. The distance from the start line to the first corner is just over 100 metres, with a slight bend to the right that … Read the rest

James Hinchcliffe Returns to Andretti for Remainder of 2020 Season

James Hinchcliffe will pilot the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the 2020 season, following Zach Veach‘s departure from the team on Wednesday.

Hinchcliffe has already run three events with Andretti this season, piloting the No. 29 Genesys Honda for the season opening Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and the Indianapolis 500.

The “Mayor of Hinchtown” also raced for Andretti from 2012 to 2014, and team owner Michael Andretti credits their relationship with the Canadian driver as the reason why he was chosen.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” Andretti said.

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Ferrari sporting director says Sochi updates first step after ‘rock bottom’

Scuderia Ferrari says the updates it has brought to the Russian Grand Prix must be regarded as the “first small step” on its recovery after believing it has hit “rock bottom.”

Ferrari is in the midst of its worst campaign in 40 years and holds only sixth in the Constructors’ Championship at the mid-point of the delayed campaign.

It was a regular points contender early on, and even scored two podiums, but has form has tailed off in recent races, which included failing to take a top 10 at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

Ferrari has brought minor aerodynamic revisions for its SF1000 at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix but has cautioned that they are primarily tasked at understanding where to improve for 2021.

Ferrari’s Sporting Director Laurent Mekies commented that the team’s trajectory after the opening rounds “was certainly not as we wanted otherwise we would not be in this situation.… Read the rest

Rafa 13.0: 'I'm Going To Need My Best Version'

Does Rafael Nadal consider himself the favourite at this year’s Roland Garros? As a 12-time tournament champion, he has dominated the event like no other player in all Grand Slam history. On the other side of the ledger, he has played just one tournament since February and suffered a surprise quarter-final loss to Diego Schwartzman last week in Rome.

His great rival, Novak Djokovic, comes in with a 31-1 record on the season, and the confidence of having won a record-breaking 36th ATP Masters 1000 title in Rome. To win the trophy, Nadal may need to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals and Djokovic in the final. And the World No. 2 feels that conditions are not in his favour.

So maybe, just maybe, there is hope for others in the field.

“I always have been beatable on clay. [Novak] beat me a lot of times,” said … Read the rest

This Pokemon Music Video Starring Farfetch’d Is the Perfect Way to Start Your Weekend

The Pokemon Company has released an official music video that oozes old-school Japanese vibes. The video stars the Pokemon Farfetch’d, Galarian Farfetch’d, and Sirfetch’d.

The video was released on the Japanese YouTube channel called Pokemon Kids TV and can I just say that it is a certified bop. You can give it a watch/listen down below. Now I suddenly want to add a Farfetch’d to my next Pokemon team. Who knows.

Did you enjoy the Pokemon music video? You know, this isn’t the first time that The Pokemon Company released a music video for a specific Pokemon.

I would like to introduce to you all to the wonderful masterpiece that is The Magikarp Song:

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Ochain Active Spider offers a low-friction, chainless ride feel… with your chain on

Ochain are on a mission to deliver a chainless ride feel to all full suspension mountain bike riders… with the chain on. Why? Because, the chain growth that occurs under compression and rebound causes pedal kickback. This is an undesirable feature of a vast majority of full suspension mountain bikes. So, how does their Ochain […]

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Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN encouraged by recent performance ahead of the Russian Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is looking to build on the team’s encouraging results from the past two races in Italy at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom

Kimi Raikkonen picked up two points at the Tuscan Grand Prix, two weekends ago, it was the much needed boost the team needed after a tepid start to the 2020 season. 

Kimi has not had much luck at Sochi in the past but the Finn is not going to let it get in the way of pushing forward for the second half of the season. He said: “I don’t have many good memories about racing in Sochi as for some reason it’s always been a fairly unlucky track for me. However, I am not someone who looks at past form too much: my focus is on having a good weekend and [to] get the most of what our … Read the rest

Charles Leclerc on Ferrari upgrade for Sochi: “We don’t expect much performance from it”

Do you feel like you have outperformed the car this season, making the difference?
Charles Leclerc: “Overall this year I feel myself in a very good form, better than last year. I am trying to push the car at its limit in every session which helped my consistency. Surely I made mistakes sometimes, but there are also races where I took the risks and it worked out. We managed to do some podiums, lucky or not, we managed to do some podiums. I am happy with how the season is going on my side but there is still a lot to do. Last year I was pushing in qualifying, but there was a bit more left in FP1/FP2/FP3. Now I try to extract the maximum out of the car all the time and it seems to work for now.”

Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc on the Maranello team’s upgrade … Read the rest

Gomez Qualifies For First Slam Main Draw At Roland Garros: 'It Was A Roller-Coaster'

Thirty years ago, Andres Gomez lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros. On Thursday his son, Emilio Gomez, guaranteed that he will play in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at the same venue.

The 28-year-old Gomez rallied past Kazakhstani Dmitry Popko 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). The Ecuadorian trailed 0-3, 30/40 in the deciding set and faced two match points while serving at 4-5, before recovering to triumph after two hours and 31 minutes.

“It was a roller-coaster of ups and downs… It was crazy,” Gomez said. “It was the first time I was in a situation like that, [with] that much nervousness during a match. It was really a big deal for me to get through it.”

This was Gomez’s eighth attempt to qualify for a Grand Slam. He had only previously reached the final round of qualifying once (2014 US Open). The 2019 Tallahassee ATP … Read the rest