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2013 Review – Part 1

It’s time to take a comprehensive look back at 2013. It all started way back on January 20th at the Santos Tour Down Under.The race was a nice split of sprint and hill stages,with Andre Greipel dominating the sprints.He won 3 stages and the pre-race event. Simon Gerrans won the stage up Old Willunga Hill,on...

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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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World Championships – Individual Time Trial Preview

We have a monster 56.8km of fast individual time trialling ahead of us. It’s the same route that the TTT followed on Sunday. We have a long route that favours strong riders and a technical end to the race. The last time all the big guns competed in such a long ITT was the 2012...

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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 7 Preview

We head South with the longest stage,so far. The riders travel 205.9km from Almendralejo to Mairena del Aljarafe. Another relatively easy day awaits the riders,but a breakaway might just fancy their chances. The road into the finish has a difficult turn at 1.5km to go,and another with just under 1km to go.A good lead-out is...

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Tour de France – Stage 11 Preview

It’s time for the first of 2 individual time-trials.This one is 33km from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel and is quite flat.It’s going to be about 28 degrees and windy.We have a 14mph North-Easternly wind. As you can see that means a crosswind for most of the course.This means that to do well here you need to...

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Tour de France – Stage 4 Preview

Stage 4 is the long awaited team time trial in Nice.It is only 25km long but there will be some big gaps to the poorer teams but expect all the main teams to be within 35 seconds of each other.I’m going to break my analysis into 2 sections:recent TTT form and team profile. This season...