Tour de France Stage 10 Preview

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Tour heads into the mountains with the first of three consecutive Alpine stages. There’s no gentle start, this is a hard stage with some steep climbs throughout.

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Rest Day Review

Monday, 16 July 2018

Not many years ago the opening week of the Tour de France was something for followers to get through as the race crossed the plains of northern France with little else than repeat sprint finishes. This year it’s a been an endurance test for TV viewers sometimes but also a gruelling variety event for the contenders with crashes, cobbles and stress. The race has resembled the old board game of Snakes and Ladders. A roll of the dice here and a rider crashes; a roll there and they regain time in another stage.

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Tour de France Stage 9 Preview

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The pavé of Paris-Roubaix await, a constant succession of cobbled sectors and two races within the day: the race to win the stage and the race to stay in contention on the overall classification.

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Tour de France Stage 8 Preview

July 14, 2018

Bastille day in France but not quite a route to celebrate. Expect big crowds and a bunch sprint. Today’s finish is the first genuine flat finish of the race so far and will be hectic as it’s the last chance for the sprinters for a long time and several big names are under pressure to […]

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Tour de France Stage 7 Preview

July 13, 2018

The longest stage and possibly the longest day too. A sprint finish awaits, only with another uphill rise to the line.

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Tour de France Stage 6 Preview

July 12, 2018

Two climbs at Mûr-de-Bretagne await, a lively stage finish and a test for the GC contenders.

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Tour de France Stage 5 Preview

July 11, 2018

What a relief, in more than one sense of the word. Today’s stage features plenty of sharp climbs and narrowroads and should make for a lively finish to watch and a hectic day inside the bunch.

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Boo, History

July 10, 2018

Chris Froome and Team Sky have been booed at the Tour de France. Is the salbutamol case behind this? You’d have to go and ask those doing it what their motivations are but Sky have got plenty of boos in previous years too. Hostility from the sections of the crowd goes right back to the […]

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Tour de France Stage 4 Preview

July 10, 2018

A likely sprint finish and with a long straight road to the line making for a less technical finish, a dragstrip finish albeit with a rise to the line. Expect huge crowds as the race reaches Brittany, one of the hotbeds of French cycling.

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Team Tour Rejects

July 9, 2018

Every year a few riders lose out on a start in the Tour de France. The likes of Caleb Ewan and Nacer Bouhanni are left fuming and other strong riders who may have been able to go for stage wins are left frustrated too. At the same time the wildcard teams lack lustre, reduce to […]

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