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Tour of Beijing – Stage 4 Preview

For the 1st time in it’s 3 years,the race contains a mountaintop finish. This difficult stage sees the riders travel 150.5km from Yanqing to Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain.The short distance means a breakaway stands no chance of winning. The 1st cat 1 climb is down as 7.7km at 5.9% but the road actually rises for 20km...

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MilanoTorino 2013

After an epic World Championships race on Sunday,the weary peloton head for this brilliant 1 day race. The race is 193.5km long and nothing major happens until the final 25km,where the riders have to climb the Baisilica di Superga twice.The climb is 4.8km long at an average gradient of 9.4%,with a maximum gradient of 18.5%.It’s...

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Tour of Britain – Stage 2 Preview

Stage 2 sees the riders travel 186.6km from Carlisle to Beast Banks.All those familiar with the area know that these roads are very lumpy. The profile backs that up! We have 2 cat 2 climbs and a cat 1 climb.The whole day seems to be up and down. With 500 metres to go the riders...

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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...

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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...

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La Vuelta – Stage 8 Preview

The riders head down to holiday town! They travel 166.6km from Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona.As we have a section on the seafront the wind could have an impact on the stage,it is expected to be a cross/cross-head wind on the final climb and the road into the bottom of it.This should help the...

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La Vuelta – Stage 5 Preview

The riders travel 174.3km from Sober to Lago de Sanabria. It looks like another challenging day for the riders with plenty of uphill kilometres and two cat 3 climbs. The road rises for almost 29km on the way to the 1st climb of the day,but it’s categorised as 10.9km at 4%.Then,another long drag up to...

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La Vuelta – Stage 1 Preview

We open the Vuelta with a 27.4km team time-trial. It’s a flat course,but long enough to create some significant time gaps. There isn’t too many corners,so not the most technical of courses.We are very near the coast,so it would suit a big,strong outfit that can battle against the wind. There is a technical section as...

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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...

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Tour de France – Stage 19 Preview

Another brut of a stage in the Alps.The riders go straight into the Col du Glandon(a monumental 21.6km at 5.1%),this has to be the worst way to start a stage for most riders.We got a lot of attacking today and I would hope to see the same amount of early attacks tomorrow.If you want to...