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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Jens Keukeleire

Jens Keukeleire – Orica GreenEDGE A very strong 2013 for the 25 year old Belgian, has left him well placed for an assault on the big races in 2014. He started off the season well and finished 7th in Dwars Door Vlaanderen, bettering his 10th from 2012. He had a solid Giro before peaking again...

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25 Riders to Watch in 2014 – Francesco Lasca

The 25 year old Italian has just completed his 2nd season with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and is about to start his 3rd. He is a sprinter that goes well in flat finishes and uphill sprints. His best achievement of the year was his win in Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja, where he beat Michael Matthews....

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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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La Vuelta – Stage 17 Preview

The riders head West,from Calahorra to Burgos,travelling 189km in the process. After 4 difficult stages,the GC boys can take a little rest and watch the sprinters fight this one out,or let the early break stay away all day. The road to the finish is very straightforward,giving the sprint trains plenty of time to get into...

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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 5 Preview

The riders travel 174.3km from Sober to Lago de Sanabria. It looks like another challenging day for the riders with plenty of uphill kilometres and two cat 3 climbs. The road rises for almost 29km on the way to the 1st climb of the day,but it’s categorised as 10.9km at 4%.Then,another long drag up to...

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Vuelta a Burgos & La Vuelta

The Burgos race provides an excellent opportunity for riders to get used to Spanish conditions before the Vuelta. It is a very important tool in helping to predict riders that will go well in the Vuelta. In 2010,Mosquera and Nibali finished 2nd and 3rd in Burgos.Nibali won the Vuelta,with Mosquera 2nd. In 2011,Moreno and Cobo...

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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 – Stage 2 Preview

Stage 2 travels 177.7km from Pontevedra to Baiona. A largely boring stage apart from the mountain top finish.It is unusual to have such a finish,so early in a grand tour and I love it! The final climb is 11km long at an average gradient of 5.6%,with a maximum of 10%.It has a very hard first...

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La Vuelta – Stage 1 Preview

We open the Vuelta with a 27.4km team time-trial. It’s a flat course,but long enough to create some significant time gaps. There isn’t too many corners,so not the most technical of courses.We are very near the coast,so it would suit a big,strong outfit that can battle against the wind. There is a technical section as...