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2013 Review – Part 3

4 days of Dunkirk May 1-5 The race saw a breakthrough performance by Arnoud Demare of FDJ. He took stage 1 in a sprint,from Sinkeldam and Kenny Van Hummel. FDJ were having it all their own way,until 2.5km to go.We then had Argos and Vacansoleil trying to muscle in. With 500 metres left,FDJ delivered Demare...

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World Championships – Individual Time Trial Preview

We have a monster 56.8km of fast individual time trialling ahead of us. It’s the same route that the TTT followed on Sunday. We have a long route that favours strong riders and a technical end to the race. The last time all the big guns competed in such a long ITT was the 2012...

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Tour of Britain – Stage 8 Preview

We end a very entertaining Tour of Britain with a little tour round London. It’s a circuit stage and covers just 88.8km. The riders have to tackle 2 90 degree right hand corners,before a 400 metre sprint to the end.Positioning will be crucial,so having Petacchi as his lead-out man is perfect for Cavendish. The profile...

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World Championships – TTT Preview

We have a very fast course this year.The riders travel 56.8km from Montecatini Terme to Firenze. The route is very flat and very fast.Notice the long,straight section where the riders will hit ridiculous speeds.The end is quite tricky with a few dodgy corners. In 2012 OPQS won by 3 seconds from BMC,with Orica in 3rd...

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Tour of Britain – Stage 7 Preview

The riders travel 155km from Epsom to Guildford. The stage is front loaded with climbs.The 3 categorised climbs appear in the opening 50km of the race. The opening climb is only 600 metres long at an average gradient of 15% The 2nd cat 2 climb is 1.8km and not as steep as the 1st climb....

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Tour of Britain – Stage 6 Preview

Stage 5 delivered the battle of the GC favourites but tellingly they were all evenly matched. The riders travel 137km from Sidmouth to Haytor.It’s a very short stage but has 4 categorised climbs. We have 3 cat 2 climbs before the claimed “mountaintop finish”,it isn’t! The 1st climb is 2.1km long at around 6%. The...

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Tour of Britain – Stage 3 Preview

It’s time for an individual time-trial. It’s 16.1km long,so there will be some time gaps between the GC favourites.You can see there are long,straight sections so good for a rider with a big engine,like Wiggins. The stage is quite flat,so this will be a battle between the TT experts. Going on reputation,this will be between...

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Herts Hilly 100 Sportive

On a rainy Sunday afternoon,the sportive took place with a loop,North of London. It was a particularly hard course with very few flat sections.It contained 867 metres of climbing in the 100km of racing. The day was set for Phil S to go and smash his 4 hour target and hopefully claim a medal to...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 5 Preview

It’s time trial time! A 13.2km TT with 2 lumps in the middle.The climbs aren’t anything to worry about,as they are about 4% and not very long. The first half of the course is fairly technical with a number of sharp corners,and the second half is straight. There is no forecast for rain and the...

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Eneco Tour Preview

The 7 stage Dutch race starts on Monday with an interesting field.We have 3 sprint stages,that has interested the likes of Marcel Kittel,Arnaud Demare,Theo Bos,Alessandro Petacchi(riding his 1st race for OPQS),Daniele Bennati,Elia Viviani,Andre Greipel,Giacomo Nizzolo,Tyler Farrar,John Degenkolb,JJ Rojas,Yauheni Hutarovich and Juan Jose Lobato. We have 3 days of classic style courses,that has brought Lars Boom(reigning...