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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Arnaud Demare

Arnaud Demare The 22 year old Frenchman had a remarkable season. He won 3 stages and the overall in 4 days of Dunkirk, won stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, won stage 2 of the Eneco Tour, won GP d’Isbergues, was 2nd in Paris-Bourges and 3rd in Paris-Tours. He is billed as a sprinter...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 7 Preview

The rides travel 208km from Tienen to Geraardsbergen. It’s another hilly day with a classics style profile.The climbs are: 1.Muur van Geraardsbergen – 1.1km at 9.3% 2.Bosberg – 1.35km at 5% 3.Denderoordberg – 0.7km at 8% 4.Hurdumont/La Houppe – 0.6km at 9.5% 5.Tenbosse – 0.45km at 6.9% 6.Eikenmolen – 0.61km at 5.9% 7.Onkerzelestraat – no...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 6 Preview

At last we hit the hills! The riders cover the 150km from Riemst to Aywaille,which covers 11 categorised climbs and should be a real leg breaker. The climbs are: 1.Muizenberg 2.Cote de Halembaye 3.Cote de Foret – 3.1km at 5.5% 4.Cote de Banneux – 1.7km at 3.8% 5.Cote de La Redoute – 1.7km at 9.5%...

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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 – Stage 4 Preview

A last day for the sprinters to shine! Saying that they’ve had 3 days and so far most have made a mess of things. As you can see it’s a fairly flat course,so we should have a mass sprint,but what this doesn’t show is the horrendous finish to the stage. A left turn at a...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 3 Preview

The organisers haven’t bothered to provide a detailed profile for this stage,the best I could find was this. Dig a bit deeper and you find this. http://enecocampaigns.com/2013/tour/?Stage_ID=1250 Look even further and you find this. Stage 3 is right out on the coastline and we know what that means ….. wind! The forecast is for a...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 2 Preview

Stage 2 should end in another sprint,but slightly different from stage 1. Climb 5 is the Alsemberg,which is 1.2km at 4%.Climb 6 is the Bruine Put,which is 1.25km at 5.7%. The sprinters will get over these,it’s the end that interests me.I can’t get any exact figures but it looks about 1km at 4%.Marcel Kittel is...