Tour de France Stage 16 Preview

July 22, 2014

The first of a Pyrenean trilogy, today’s stage is a marathon effort with its distance and the HC climb and descent of the Port de Balès saved for last.

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Can A Frenchman Make The Podium In Paris?

July 21, 2014

With Vincenzo Nibali in command the race is on for the other riders to seize their chance. Can a Frenchman can finish on the podium in Paris? Yes because Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot are duelling for the white jersey, just 16 seconds separate them while Michał Kwiatkowski is 14 minutes behind. Barring a double […]

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Film Review: Slaying The Badger

July 21, 2014

Sporting rivalries make great stories, a binary contest that’s easy to grasp even if the underlying story can be more sophisticated. This summer we expected to see Alberto Contador vs Chris Froome but this didn’t go far. We also had Froome and Bradley Wiggins, a rivalry by distance sporadically conducted in public via book launches […]

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Tour de France Stage 15 Preview

July 20, 2014
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Calculating The Time Cut

July 19, 2014

There’s a time cut for every stage of the Tour de France. A rider finishing outside of the time limit is out of the race. Another of the Tour de France’s Frequently Asked Questions is how are the time cuts calculated. Here’s the explainer and the numbers for this year’s Tour.

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Tour de France Stage 14 Preview

July 19, 2014

The Tour de France has a fourth dimension. It can indulge in time travel and today it crosses the Col d’Izoard, the high point of the race this year and a highlight from over the years, a road that’s become legendary over the years. Today’s vintage might be less celebrated but there’s still plenty to […]

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Tour de France Stage 13 Preview

July 18, 2014

For all the talk of a certain Vincenzo Nibali victory we’ve only had one real mountain stage so far. Now here’s the first of the two Alpine stages, one of the decisive days. The Col de Palaquit is new to the Tour de France and a nasty surprise for some before the surprisingly tough finish […]

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Filtering The Breakaway

July 17, 2014

Several stages have been shown live on TV so far and sometimes there’s a fierce battle to get in the break the suddenly the bunch suddenly sits up and the breakaway is allowed to ride away. How? Why?

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Tour de France Stage 12 Preview

July 17, 2014

A repeat of yesterday’s stage? It looks similar with third and fourth category climbs late in the stage before a descent to the finish. But the geography is very different and it should make for a different kind of stage.

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Tour de France Stage 11 Preview

July 16, 2014

After the Vosges, the Jura. Today’s stage doesn’t get too mountainous but the finish includes several steep climbs that will eject the sprinters and let attacking riders take their chance. There’s also a bonus climb after the categorised ones and just for fun it’s got running water, loose gravel and potholes on the way up… […]

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