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2013 Review – Part 7

GP Ouest France – Plouay Sep 1 The riders faced many laps of the lumpy circuit course.On the final lap we had an attack from Tom Dumoulin and Dreis Devenyns,but Saxo brought them back. Lotto then decided to control the race as they tried to set up Jurgen Roelandts. Visconti was the next to attack...

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2013 Review – Part 4

Criterium du Dauphine Jun 2-9 The pressure was all on Team Sky as they looked to deliver another Dauphine/Tour double but this time with Chris Froome. Stage 1 – The peloton made the fatal mistake of letting the break get too much time and David Veilleux of Europcar managed to hold on for the stage...

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2013 Review – Part 1

It’s time to take a comprehensive look back at 2013. It all started way back on January 20th at the Santos Tour Down Under.The race was a nice split of sprint and hill stages,with Andre Greipel dominating the sprints.He won 3 stages and the pre-race event. Simon Gerrans won the stage up Old Willunga Hill,on...

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Rodriguez – The Tour and the Vuelta & My Top 10 Picks!

Joaquim Rodriguez was quoted during the week as saying that he thought he could win the 2013 Vuelta,despite having just finished 3rd at the Tour de France. This got me thinking about the chances of a rider being able to do the Tour and Vuelta successfully.There are a number of riders trying to do so...

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USA Pro Challenge Preview

The 3rd running of this event begins on Monday 19th August. It features a stellar line-up of riders,including TJ Van Garderen,Peter Sagan,Damiano Caruso,Andy Schleck,Chris Froome,Richie Porte,Christan Vande Velde,Tom Danielson,Andrew Talansky,Tim Duggan,Mick Rogers,John Darwin Atapuma,Philip Deignan and Javier Acevedo. Vande Velde won the event in 2012,beating Van Garderen by 21 seconds. There are 7 stages and...

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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...

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Tour de France – Stage 11 Preview

It’s time for the first of 2 individual time-trials.This one is 33km from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel and is quite flat.It’s going to be about 28 degrees and windy.We have a 14mph North-Easternly wind. As you can see that means a crosswind for most of the course.This means that to do well here you need to...