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La Vuelta – Stage 18 Preview

It’s another difficult day in the saddle as the riders head North from Burgos to Pena Carbarga,travelling 186.5km in the process. 3 cat 3 climbs,a cat 2 and then a cat 1 finish. The Alto de Bocas is 3km at 6.6%,the Alto Estacas de Trueba is 10.9km at 3.2%,the Puerto de la Braguia is 6.1km...


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...


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...


La Vuelta – Stage 9 Preview

The riders head inland from Antequera to Valdepenas de Jaen.Again it’s quite a short stage at 163.7km. Another tough day,with lots of uphill kilometres.The 2nd cat climb will take care of the pure sprinters and we have another uphill finish.The cat 2 climb is 6.2km at 5.8%. The finishing climb is brutal and is becoming...


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...


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...