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MilanoTorino 2013

After an epic World Championships race on Sunday,the weary peloton head for this brilliant 1 day race. The race is 193.5km long and nothing major happens until the final 25km,where the riders have to climb the Baisilica di Superga twice.The climb is 4.8km long at an average gradient of 9.4%,with a maximum gradient of 18.5%.It’s...

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La Vuelta – Stage 14 Preview

The riders travel 155.7km from Baga to Andorra,on the most difficult day of the Vuelta,so far.It’s a short stage but very difficult. This is the first of 3 brutal stages in the Pyrenees. The riders have to tackle the Port de Envalira,which crests at 2410 metres. They also have 2 cat 2 climbs before ending...

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La Vuelta – Points Classification

Slightly different from the Tour de France,so pay attention! The only thing that remains the same is the colour of the jersey,green. Intermediate sprints aren’t really valued as you only pick up 4 points for winning,2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd. The points awarded at the end of the stage are as...

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Tour de France – Stage 19 Preview

Another brut of a stage in the Alps.The riders go straight into the Col du Glandon(a monumental 21.6km at 5.1%),this has to be the worst way to start a stage for most riders.We got a lot of attacking today and I would hope to see the same amount of early attacks tomorrow.If you want to...

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Tour de France – Stage 18 Preview

The stage we’ve all been waiting for …. Alp d’Huez. 172.5km of sheer hell.We have the Col de Manse(6.6km at 6.2%),the Ramp du Motty(2.4km at 8%),the Col d’Ornon(5.1km at 6.7%),Alp d’Huez (12.3km at 8.4%),the Col de Sarenne(3km at 7.8%) and finally Alp d’Huez again(13.8km at 8.1%). The 1st climb happens immediately and alot of the...

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Tour de France – Stage 17 Preview

It’s time for the 2nd intermediate time-trial.The riders travel the 32km from Embrun to Chorges,but it’s not a straight forward,flat stage. We have 2 climbs and 2 descents and a lack of any flat kilometres.The Cote de Puy-Sanieres is 6.4km long at 6% and the Cote de Reallon is 6.9km long at 6.3%. The 1st...

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Tour de France – Stage 15 Preview

At last we are in the Alps,and the riders are faced with the legendary climb of Mont Ventoux. It is predicted that the riders will climb the Ventoux in 31 degrees of heat and with a 5mph wind,this is important as a headwind usually reduces the chances of a break making it to the top.The...