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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...

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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...

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Tour de France – Stage 13 Preview

Last call for the sprinters before Paris! The riders travel 173km from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond,on another relatively flat day and go through the geographical centre of France. We have just 1 categorised climb,the Bote de Crotz,which is 1.2km at 4%.The intermediate sprint will again be fight for minor placings,but we should get some action on...

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Tour de France – Stage 12 Preview

The dust has now settled on the 1st individual time-trial and now the GC riders can rest and the sprinters take charge again. This is a long stage,218km,as the organisers wanted to get to Lyon in 3 days.The riders go from Fougeres to Tours,which takes us in a South-Easternly direction.It’s going to be another sunny...

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Tour de France – Stage 6 Preview

Stage 6 sees the riders travel further West from Aix-En-Provence to Montpellier.It is “only 176.5km” on flat roads.I know what you’re thinking….SPRINT. Well,it will probably be a sprint but there are 2 factors that need to be considered:the heat and the wind.The forecast is for 30 degrees and a 10mph wind coming from the North-West...

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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...