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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Esteban Chaves

Esteban Chaves 3 words can be used to describe this 23 year old Colombian, what a talent! In 2012, at just 22, he won the GP Camaiore, a stage in the Vuelta a Burgos and was 3rd on GC. He also won the Tour de l’Avenir at just 21! He looked set to have a...

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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Eros Capecchi

Eros Capecchi The 27 year old Italian had a season disrupted by ill health. Riding for the Movistar team, much was expected of him but he struggled in the first half of the season. His Giro was affected by allergies, but he did start to show some form towards the end, finishing 19th on the...

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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Danny Van Poppel

Danny Van Poppel He’s only 20 years old and has a full season behind him, including a Tour de France. This young sprinter is developing at a very fast rate and has made the move from Vacansoleil-DCM to Trek Factory Racing. He had a good season, finishing 3rd in the Handzame Classic, 5th and 3rd...

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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Leopold König

Leopold König What a 2013 for the 26 year old Czech rider. In his 2nd season for Team NetApp-Endura he exceeded all expectations with an amazing stage win in the Vuelta and 9th place on GC. It really put his team on the map and made them favourite to land an invite to the Tour...

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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Tim Wellens

Tim Wellens The 22 year old Belgian has just completed his 1st full season at World Tour level.He has already developed into a breakaway King,narrowly missing out on success in 2 stages of the Criterium du Dauphine. As he regularly gets in breaks,his overall performances can sometimes be deceiving,but take a closer look and you’ll...

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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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Tour of Britain – Stage 6 Preview

Stage 5 delivered the battle of the GC favourites but tellingly they were all evenly matched. The riders travel 137km from Sidmouth to Haytor.It’s a very short stage but has 4 categorised climbs. We have 3 cat 2 climbs before the claimed “mountaintop finish”,it isn’t! The 1st climb is 2.1km long at around 6%. The...

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Rodriguez – The Tour and the Vuelta & My Top 10 Picks!

Joaquim Rodriguez was quoted during the week as saying that he thought he could win the 2013 Vuelta,despite having just finished 3rd at the Tour de France. This got me thinking about the chances of a rider being able to do the Tour and Vuelta successfully.There are a number of riders trying to do so...

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Eneco Tour – Stage 4 Preview

A last day for the sprinters to shine! Saying that they’ve had 3 days and so far most have made a mess of things. As you can see it’s a fairly flat course,so we should have a mass sprint,but what this doesn’t show is the horrendous finish to the stage. A left turn at a...

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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...