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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 – King of the Mountains

Remember,the Vuelta and the Tour are different and the rules for their classifications also differ. Firstly,the jersey has polka dots but they are blue. With have 5 different classifications of climbs: 3rd category – 1st 3 points,2nd 2 points and 3rd 1 point 2nd category – 1st 5 points,2nd 3 points and 3rd 1 point...

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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 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...

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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...