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Tour de France – Stage 18 Preview

The stage we’ve all been waiting for …. Alp d’Huez. 172.5km of sheer hell.We have the Col de Manse(6.6km at 6.2%),the Ramp du Motty(2.4km at 8%),the Col d’Ornon(5.1km at 6.7%),Alp d’Huez (12.3km at 8.4%),the Col de Sarenne(3km at 7.8%) and finally Alp d’Huez again(13.8km at 8.1%). The 1st climb happens immediately and alot of the...

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Tour de France – Stage 16 Preview

After the drama and excitement the riders face a potentially quieter day.The are riding 168km from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap.The will also have to tackle the prospect of thunderstorms and rain,with rain in the last couple of hours a distinct possibility.That could make the final descent very challenging and dangerous.   We have 3 categorised climbs,the...

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Tour de France – Stage 15 Preview

At last we are in the Alps,and the riders are faced with the legendary climb of Mont Ventoux. It is predicted that the riders will climb the Ventoux in 31 degrees of heat and with a 5mph wind,this is important as a headwind usually reduces the chances of a break making it to the top.The...

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Tour de France – Stage 8 Preview

At last the mountains have arrived! The riders head into the Pyrenees,starting from Castres they head South to Ax 3 Domaines.It’s 195km long with a cat 4 climb after 26km and the sprint point after 119.5km.It will be interesting to see if the sprinters have given up on the jersey or if they’ll keep on...