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La Vuelta – Stage 11 Preview

The day after a rest day can often cause problems. The GC riders will hope not as they reach the 38.8km individual time-trial. The riders tackle the cat 3 climb the Alto del Moncayo.It’s around 4% for 9km,so not particularly hard and should be a day for the TT specialists. The descent is very technical...


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 & La Vuelta

The Burgos race provides an excellent opportunity for riders to get used to Spanish conditions before the Vuelta. It is a very important tool in helping to predict riders that will go well in the Vuelta. In 2010,Mosquera and Nibali finished 2nd and 3rd in Burgos.Nibali won the Vuelta,with Mosquera 2nd. In 2011,Moreno and Cobo...


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...