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August 19, 2020

Chad Haga blog: Bizarre life after lockdown

Barely seven months and a lifetime ago at team camp in January 2020, we shared murmurs of disbelief that the Tour of Guangxi, scheduled for October, might be at risk if China failed to get control of some virus outbreak. Within the sphere of professional cycling, the idea that world…
July 22, 2019

Chad Haga blog: Five days of suffering in the Tour de France

It may have only been 5 days of racing, but this week felt every bit as long as the first one. As the stage count increases, so does the proportion of the stage spent suffering, and we did plenty of it in the last two days. Read more on Cyclingnews.com…
July 18, 2019

Chad Haga blog: Rest day recollections of an eventful Tour de France

It’s been a long time since I last raced 10 consecutive days, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my relief that we get to take today easy. The last “week” at the Tour de France has been extra long, and also full of long stages. Today we have enjoyed…
July 6, 2019

Chad Haga blog: Let’s Get This Party Started

The only days of a Grand Tour in which time moves faster than on rest days are the days before the race, and nowhere is that truer than at the Tour de France. It’s now the middle of the afternoon on the last day before the race, and it’s the…
June 5, 2019

Chad Haga blog: Joy, Relief, and Grief in Verona

As the final week of the Giro d’Italia ticked by, I tried to make a note of things I could write about in my final blog about the race. Aside from the bone-chilling descent off the Mortirolo and an exciting ‘will they/won’t they’ breakaway finale, I wasn’t left with much.…
May 28, 2019

Chad Haga blog: Another Rough Week in the Sunweb Camp

Week two of the Giro d’Italia started off better than we could have hoped for. After enjoying our rest day, we enjoyed two more. Many followers of the race complained about the boring, pancake-flat sprint stages, but we in the peloton savoured every minute of boredom, knowing what awaited us…
May 20, 2019

Chad Haga Blog: Losing Dumoulin and Moving On

The longest week in cycling is finally drawing to a close, and it has been far more eventful than we would have liked here in the Sunweb camp. The nine stages of ‘week one’ have been a true rollercoaster. Everything started well. Tom Dumoulin was off the mark on the…
May 10, 2019

Chad Haga blog: On the Eve of the Giro d’Italia

“My eyelids are sticky.” “…what?” “I guess it’s from all the sunscreen and sweat, but I feel it every time I blink.” Those were the first words we’d spoken in half an hour. Twenty kilometers earlier, Tom Dumoulin and I had been at sea level. Now we were pushing past…
April 2, 2019

Chad Haga Blog: The Last-Minute Call-Up

As the season is being planned in the winter, everything is so clean and simple. The calendar has a logical flow with building, peak, and rest periods. You notice the ‘R’s on some other races, but at that point of the year don’t give much attention to your reserve races.…
February 26, 2017

2017 is well underway

Now that it’s nearly March, I suppose it’s about time for me to post an update. Life has been busy, I can say that much. Settling into married life has been smooth, but it seems like we’ve barely stopped moving since Thanksgiving…. I spent two weeks in Europe in December…
November 18, 2016

In Memory and Celebration

A quick update: I’m training again, preparing for the 2017 season. I’m very excited and eager to see how things will go. Off-season went by faster than it ever has, and I spent more time off the bike than ever before. A wedding and honeymoon will do that, though. I…
August 12, 2016

Vuelta, here I come!

Well, it’s that time of year again–the time of year where I apologize for not updating more and, as explanation, say that you won’t believe how crazy things have been. The short version of what’s happened since my last update in April: I raced (and finished) all of the Ardennes…