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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...


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...


Eneco Tour – Stage 1 Preview

SPRINT! We have 175km and everyone will be waiting for the sprint.There are a huge number of good sprinters here:- Marcel Kittel – 4 wins at the tour Andre Geipel – 1 win at the tour Arnoud Demare – fresh from a win at the London Classic Theo Bos – beat Kittel,Greipel and Cavendish at...


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...


Tour de France – Stage 16 Preview

After the drama and excitement the riders face a potentially quieter day.The are riding 168km from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap.The will also have to tackle the prospect of thunderstorms and rain,with rain in the last couple of hours a distinct possibility.That could make the final descent very challenging and dangerous.   We have 3 categorised climbs,the...


Tour de France – Stage 5 Preview

We are still down in the beautiful South of France and the riders head from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille,travelling 228.5km.This is the 2nd longest stage of the Tour and the longest “flat” stage. As you can see there isn’t a lot of flat in the stage but lots of humps and bumps!The Cote de Chateauneuf Grasse...