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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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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 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 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 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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La Vuelta – Stage 4 Preview

The riders head 189km from Lalin/A Estrada to Fisterra.This should be a nice finish,right on the seafront.The stage is named “The Race to the End of the World”. You can see that stage 4 could be described as lumpy!We have one categorised climb and another uphill finish! The run for home takes us out into...

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La Vuelta – King of the Mountains Pick

If you take a close look at this classification,you will see that an overall contender doesn’t win it. The reason behind this is the lack of double points on mountaintop finishes. For 2 consecutive years 63 points has won the jersey,Simon Clarke in 2012 and David Moncoutie in 2011. In 2012,Joaquim Rodriguez finished 3rd with...

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La Vuelta – Points Classification

Slightly different from the Tour de France,so pay attention! The only thing that remains the same is the colour of the jersey,green. Intermediate sprints aren’t really valued as you only pick up 4 points for winning,2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd. The points awarded at the end of the stage are as...