kate wagner
stories for people who think time trials count as a genre of poetry.
Created 23 Jan 2021
  • the rivalry that wasn't
    11 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 23 1
    When Tadej Pogačar rolled off the front of the peloton at the crest of the Passo di Ganda with thirty-some kilometers left to go, where, everyone asked, was Primož Roglič? The answer: behind. It’s not...
  • the end of a pilgrimage / the king of spain
    12 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 26 5
    I guess you probably wouldn’t know it from the fact that this post has taken so long to produce, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about La Vuelta since things came to a close in Santiago de Co...
  • the spiteful sister
    03 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 15 1
    Somewhere around kilometer ten of the drive up the Altu del Gamoniteiru, a couple of realities have presented themselves simultaneously. First, the combination of logistics and infrastructure here has...
  • green
    01 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 24 4
    We are in the mountains. Dark in the shade, the lushness of them proclaims itself through the dripping rocks and the moss and the things that are alive in them, the ferns and the well-behaved vines. M...
  • viva la vuelta
    29 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 24 0
    Not for nothing, but if you show up at your first World Tour race in a state of acute sleep deprivation, you are going to have A Weird Time. I’m not great at planning ahead, and I’m terrible at flying...
  • no risks, no glory
    26 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 23 3
    When Primož Roglič attacked on stage ten with fourteen kilometers to go, there was no reason to do so except that he was feeling good, feeling strong. Apparently, per Addy Engels, one of Roglič’s spor...
  • weekend double feature
    24 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 12 3
    Well, the weekend did promise some chaos — it was right there on the label. After a relatively contained first week that prompted a few jokes about whether or not La Vuelta had suddenly discovered the...
  • de las montañas al mar
    20 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 22 0
    When I asked Gino Mäder in the morning how he felt about stage six, he gave a single, unequivocal answer: “Nervous.” “Nervous?” I asked. “Why?” “Forecast looks like wind for the last few kilometers.” ...
  • a chapter closed
    18 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 22 1
    How many times could it all have been over? Had he not smashed into that unfortunate UCI commissaire, he likely would have careened headfirst into the finish gantry, and the day’s events might have be...
  • better late
    17 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 21 1
    In La Vuelta, even the breakaway days are unpredictable. Given that by the start of the race, you could find Primož Roglič on odds as low as two to one — about as close to even as you’re likely to see...
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