The 2015 Tour de France

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

2015 Tour de France route map
The route for the 2015 Tour de France is out. As usual a lot leaks out before, velowire.com sleuths the stages and yesterday race organiser ASO accidentally put a PDF online with the route yesterday. But it’s still a comforting ritual, a projection to the other side of winter.

This is a chance to see the map for real and to get more info on the route such as the intermediate climbs, the amount of time trialling and novelties such as the return of time bonuses. Plus race organisers can sell us a story, a theme for 2015.

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Roads to Ride: the Lacets de Montvernier

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lacets Monvernier

New for the 2015 Tour, this is Hairpin Heaven. Alpe d’Huez might be famous for its 21 bends but here’s a road with 18 hairpins in short formation. One bend follows another, a helter skelter for the road cyclist and just a short spin away from some of the famous climbs of the Tour de France. But is it as good as it looks?

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UCI Calendar Analysis

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tour of Langkawi
After the World Tour last week now for a look at the full pro calendar. The World Tour might have retreated from China but there are 48 days of racing in the country, more than the USA, Britain and Australia… combined.

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2014 Team Victory Rankings

October 20, 2014

The season’s over for 2014. It’s been a great one for OPQS with 62 wins, half as much again as the nearest team. Mark Cavendish has been their best rider with 11 wins and it could have been more were it not for that crash at the finish of the Tour de France’s opening stage. […]

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Roads to Ride: Pra Loup

October 19, 2014

Pra-Loup has only been used twice in the Tour de France. It is the the climb that defeated Eddy Merckx and is tipped to be used again in the Tour de France. Is it enough to make anyone nervous?

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Astana’s Licence Review

October 16, 2014

The UCI swung into action today following a third positive case involving a rider from Astana, promising special review of the team’s World Tour licence for 2015. The rider involved is Ilya Davidenok, normally a rider on the subsidiary Astana Continental team but promoted to the main team as a stagiaire. It’s yet more awkward […]

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2015 World Tour Analysis

October 16, 2014

There are less than 100 days until the season resumes with the Tour Down Under. 2015 will look a lot like 2014 but here is a closer look at the calendar. Which countries have the most races? Where can you win the most World Tour points? What’s the busiest month of the year? And more.

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Who Will Take Over From Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez

October 15, 2014

The World Tour is over and Spain tops all the rankings: Alejandro Valverde leads the UCI rankings, Movistar win the best team and Spain finish well ahead of Italy for the best nation. A fiesta or a statistical quirk? Spain’s best riders are ageing, the trio of Valverde, Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez have a […]

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Book Review: The Race Against The Stasi

October 14, 2014

The Race Aganst The Stasi by Herbie Sykes This is the tale of a cyclist called Dieter Wiedemann. His career as an international racing cyclist takes off at the same time as the Berlin Wall gos up. Wiedemann was on the wrong side.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: Paris-Tours

October 12, 2014

When was the race won? In the final sprint for the literal explanation but Thomas Voeckler was easily beaten. He went into the finish with no theatrics, stunts or even facial expressions. The image above shows the Europcar rider and Jelle Wallays of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise racing with less than 10km to go. Voeckler is hunched […]

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