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Paris-Tours 2013

The last big race in Europe has arrived,for 2013. The riders travel a whopping 235km from Authon-du-Perche to Tours. The profile looks very flat,but take a closer look and you’ll find a couple of bumps near the end. There are 3 climbs in the last 28.5km of the race. The Cote de Crochu is 8%,the...

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La Vuelta – Stage 15 Preview

We continue in the mountains and the riders travel 224.9km from Andorra to Peyragudes,the longest stage in the Vuelta. It’s another very hard day in the saddle with 4 cat 1 climbs. The 1st climb happens at the very beginning of the stage and is 24.4km at 4.2%.This is bad news for a lot of...

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La Vuelta – Stage 10 Preview

The riders travel 186.8km from Torredelcampo to Guejar Sierra. We are 10 stages in and have the first Especial climb!Before it we have a 1st cat climb too.Today the GC riders come out to play. The 1st cat climb is 8.5km at 7.7%.It looks very difficult and will thin out the field considerably.We should see...

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La Vuelta – Stage 8 Preview

The riders head down to holiday town! They travel 166.6km from Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona.As we have a section on the seafront the wind could have an impact on the stage,it is expected to be a cross/cross-head wind on the final climb and the road into the bottom of it.This should help the...

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La Vuelta – Stage 6 Preview

Stage 6 sees the riders travel 175km from Guijuelo to Caceres. At last the riders have some serious downhill roads to deal with.They will need them as the racing has been very difficult so far.It will be a difficult start with several bumps,perfect for the morning break to gain some time.Michael Matthews showed yesterday that...

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La Vuelta – Stage 3 Preview

Stage 3 takes us 184.8km from Vigo to Mirador De Lobeira.Again we are on the coast,so wind could play a big part. It’s a flat stage until the cat 3 finish. The climb is 4.2km long at an average of just under 6%.This will certainly make for an interesting finish.You can see from the graphic...

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Vuelta a Burgos – Stage 3 Review

The early break on today’s hilly stage involved some big hitters:Visconti(Movistar),Paolini(Katusha),Beppu(Orica),Swamp(Colombia),Marcos Garcia(Caja Rural) and Bizkarra(Euskadi).The peloton wasn’t happy with this group and it was brought back before Brajkovic(Astana),Ravard(AG2R),Txurruka(Caja Rural) and Dempster(NetApp) got away after 17km.With 87km gone Ravard was caught by the peloton after struggling on a climb.As Txurruka was only 25 seconds down on...

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Tour de France – Stage 4 Preview

Stage 4 is the long awaited team time trial in Nice.It is only 25km long but there will be some big gaps to the poorer teams but expect all the main teams to be within 35 seconds of each other.I’m going to break my analysis into 2 sections:recent TTT form and team profile. This season...