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2013 Review – Part 5

Tour of Qinghai Lake Jul 7-20 A whopping 13 stages with many bunch sprints awaited the teams.The biggest team present was Lampre with Bardiani and Vini Fantini also there. Stage 1 – Sprint finish,easily won by Sacha Modolo,Richeze of Lampre was only 5th. Stage 2 – We had a HC climb with 60km remaining in...

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World Championships – TTT Preview

We have a very fast course this year.The riders travel 56.8km from Montecatini Terme to Firenze. The route is very flat and very fast.Notice the long,straight section where the riders will hit ridiculous speeds.The end is quite tricky with a few dodgy corners. In 2012 OPQS won by 3 seconds from BMC,with Orica in 3rd...

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La Vuelta – Stage 21 Preview

Well here it goes,my last grand tour preview of 2013. The riders travel 109.6km from Leganes to Madrid. An easy day in the saddle as Chris Horner and his Radioshack team celebrate his incredible win. It’s a very easy finish with 1km of straight road,allowing the sprinters to get into a good position. This is...

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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 3 Preview

Stage 3 takes us 184.8km from Vigo to Mirador De Lobeira.Again we are on the coast,so wind could play a big part. It’s a flat stage until the cat 3 finish. The climb is 4.2km long at an average of just under 6%.This will certainly make for an interesting finish.You can see from the graphic...

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Tour de France – Stage 9 Preview

After the day we’ve had some of the riders will be looking forward to the rest day on Monday,but before we get there we have 1 cat 2 climb and 4 cat 1 climbs! At only 168.5km it’s not a long stage but the amount of climbing and the weather(30 degrees again!)will mean that this...