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Former Giro Boss Michele Acquarone on the Future of Cycling

….. As a former insider and leader of pro cycling completely divorced from the sport, Acquarone is a passionate observer now free to speak his mind ….. Michele Acquarone was a well-known name in this sport seven years ago, though now his name is unfamiliar to most people. Named in 2011 to head the Giro d’Italia, the world’s second largest bike race, at age 36, Acquarone quickly made a name for himself, primarily through new and radical ideas about better ways to promote and market the sport. He was recently described by Jonathan Vaughters in his book One Way Ticket as “a visionary soul.” Falsely charged with misdirecting RCS corporate funds in late 2013, Acquarone was fired, and endured six years of suspicion, economic and personal hardship before his name was finally cleared by the sluggish Italian court system just two months ago. Acquarone laments his departure from the cycling...

The Curious Case of Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel, the current Cyclocross world champion, 2018 Mountain bike cross-country bronze medalist, runner up at the 2018 European race road championships, and 2019 Amstel Gold winner, is the odds-on favorite to win the upcoming 2019 Road World Championships in Yorkshire, England. Considering “VDP’s” huge natural talent and strength, his skills across multiple disciplines and the flashes of brilliance which he already demonstrated during his limited appearances on the road, this makes complete sense. Despite agreement among bettors, pundits, and rivals that he is the man to beat in Yorkshire, it is becoming increasingly odd and curious that the Dutch star has never competed in the sport’s marquee event, the Tour de France, or any of the other grand tours, and only one of the traditional “monument” events (the 2019 Tour de Flanders). And not only that, he doesn’t seem to...