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We believe in Ulissi till the death, says Lampre DS Matxin

Big Year Ahead In 2014 After a fairly successful transitional year in 2013, Lampre-Merida look to build upon their success, in 2014. They managed to achieve 16 victories this year, but not one from a flat sprint. Their DS thought that they were “good, without being perfect.” He was also pleased with “the union of...

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2013 Review – Part 4

Criterium du Dauphine Jun 2-9 The pressure was all on Team Sky as they looked to deliver another Dauphine/Tour double but this time with Chris Froome. Stage 1 – The peloton made the fatal mistake of letting the break get too much time and David Veilleux of Europcar managed to hold on for the stage...

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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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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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Tour de France – Stage 17 Preview

It’s time for the 2nd intermediate time-trial.The riders travel the 32km from Embrun to Chorges,but it’s not a straight forward,flat stage. We have 2 climbs and 2 descents and a lack of any flat kilometres.The Cote de Puy-Sanieres is 6.4km long at 6% and the Cote de Reallon is 6.9km long at 6.3%. The 1st...

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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...