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Il Lombardia 2013

The last monument of the season has arrived! The riders travel 251km from Bergamo to Lecco. The route was re-done in 2011 but started in Milano.This is the 2nd year running it has started in Bergamo and it is mainly the same route as 2012. The route has 5 major climbs. Valcava – 11.8km at...

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World Championships – Road Race

The time has arrived! The World Championships road race,sees the riders travel 272.2km from Lucca to Firenze. Instead of the normal circuit,they first travel a 106km transitional leg from Luca to Florence,before hitting the 10 laps of the 16.6km circuit. The circuit contains 2 climbs,but we have 2 before we reach there.After only 14km,we have...

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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...

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La Vuelta – Stage 14 Preview

The riders travel 155.7km from Baga to Andorra,on the most difficult day of the Vuelta,so far.It’s a short stage but very difficult. This is the first of 3 brutal stages in the Pyrenees. The riders have to tackle the Port de Envalira,which crests at 2410 metres. They also have 2 cat 2 climbs before ending...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...