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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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MilanoTorino 2013

After an epic World Championships race on Sunday,the weary peloton head for this brilliant 1 day race. The race is 193.5km long and nothing major happens until the final 25km,where the riders have to climb the Baisilica di Superga twice.The climb is 4.8km long at an average gradient of 9.4%,with a maximum gradient of 18.5%.It’s...

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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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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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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...

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Tour de France – Stage 3 Preview

Stage 3 sees the riders say farewell to the beautiful island of Corsica.I don’t know how much they paid for the Grand Depart but it will be well worth it,I see a lot of people going there on holiday soon. We ride from Ajaccio to Calvi,again through the mountains,covering 145.5km. Stage profile Ajaccio / Calvi 145.5KM The...