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2022 Tour de la Provence Stage 1 Preview

Istres > Les Saintes Maries de la Mer 151.6km Strap yourself in, this stage is going to be a cracker. Weather We have 40km/h wind coming from the north, and lots of exposed roads. This is a nightmare for some of the skinny climbers, their GC bid will be over before it even begins. Tactics...

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2022 Tour of Oman Stage 2 Preview

Naseem Garden > Sohar Corniche 167.3km Another boring looking sprint stage, or will it be? Weather The wind is to strengthen throughout the day, and as the whole day is spent on the coast, there is a chance of echelons. There will be a lot of crosswind, but with the wind only around 15km/h, it...

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2022 Tour de la Provence Prologue Preview

Berre l’Étang 7.2km Prologue Get up to speed as fast as you can, hold top speed for as long as you can, try to only use your brakes in the U-turn. That’s me summed up the tactics for this stage. Weather The wind will strengthen throughout the day, but it will only reach a max...

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2022 Tour of Oman Stage 1 Preview

Al Rustaq > Oman Exhibition and Convention Centre 138.1km The race begins a with straightforward sprint stage. A small break will get it up the road, the bunch will slowly catch them, setting up a big sprint. Weather Hot! Finale Easy finish, with a big turn with 900 to go. Obviously, this is the crunch...

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2022 Tour de la Provence Overall Preview

In recent years the Tour de la Provence has delivered some brilliant racing, this year will hopefully be no different. There is no Ventoux this time round, instead we climb Montagne de Lure, which is a long and demanding climb. Several big named riders start their season here, it will be fascinating to see who...

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2022 Tour of Oman Overall Preview

Back after a two-year hiatus, the Tour of Oman returns with a familiar route for 2022. It’s the usual mix of sprints, punchy stages and the Green Mountain. With hot temperatures, this race provides a stiff test so early in the season. Stage 1 The race begins with a gentle sprint stage, with the final...

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2022 Vuelta CV Feminas Preview

Paterna > Valencia 91.3km The women’s season kicks off in Spain with the fourth edition of the race. We’ve had a big sprint every year and don’t see anything changing. The route is one that doesn’t throw up any challenges, and all teams will be more than happy with a gentle start to the year...

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2022 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 5 Preview

Paterna > Valencia 91.9km The race ends with a short stage in Valencia. Just 92km in length, this stage usually ends in a bunch finish. It is possible for something different to happen, you just never know how many riders will try and jump in the morning break. Weather The race ends with a sunny...

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2022 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Overall Preview

The professional peloton are spoiled for choice this week, with stage races taking place in Saudi Arabia, France and Spain. Valenciana is the usual mix of three sprint stages, a punchy finish and a leg breaking mountaintop finish. The route, weather and good roads makes it a popular choice among the pros, this is a...