Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 4 Preview

February 21, 2015

Alberto Contador took yesterday’s stage and it looks like the race for the red jersey is over. The climbing isn’t and today presents a sharp summit finish. Revenge for Chris Froome, confirmation for Contador or the chance for a new name to emerge.

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Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 3 Preview

February 20, 2015

So much for taking it easy, Alberto Contador even tried a late attack yesterday to pre-empt the sprinters. Today brings the Queen Stage and a vicious summit finish. A Contador-Froome duel awaits but as it’s so early neither are at the top of their form and we should see others push them.

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Extreme Weather Protocol

February 19, 2015

Professional bike racing is just that, a profession. While there many rules on workplace safety for factories and offices, there are few when it comes to racing down a mountain at 100km/h. Now efforts are underway to make racing safer in extreme weather. The UCI’s Road Commission, prompted by the rider union CPA, is exploring […]

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Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 2 Preview

February 19, 2015

A day for the sprinters? There’s a tricky climb with 10% slopes just before the finish. After yesterday’s maxi-crash many riders are left licking their wounds and this could be a more open stage but Movistar and Giant-Alpecin have every reason to try for they stage win they expected yesterday.

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Vuelta a Andalucia – Ruta Del Sol Preview

February 18, 2015

The Ruta del Sol starts today with the added interest of Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. Between now and Sunday the race has it all with sprint stages, a time trial and two summit finishes. Plus it’s live on TV. Each day there will be a quick snap preview for the stage ahead. Today you […]

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When Does The Season Start?

February 17, 2015

It’s hard to know where to look this week with racing on so many fronts. Almost all the stars of the pro peloton will be visible this week whether in Oman, Andalucia or the Algarve plus more racing in Italy and France too. There’s a regular refrain that the season only starts with the Het […]

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Peter Sagan vs. Alexander Kristoff

February 16, 2015

He’s been runner-up this season and a couple of readers have been asking if Sagan is in trouble. Surely not, he’s only done one race this season and Qatar wasn’t the big goal: fans of Peter Sagan need not worry. Forecasts can be foolish but let’s predict Peter Sagan is going to win Stage 2 […]

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Roads to Ride: Col de l’Iseran

February 14, 2015

The King of the Alps. Europe’s highest mountain pass is more regal still thanks to the views and its length. At 48km it is France’s longest climb. Used sparingly by the Tour de France, it’s a big high altitude test in two parts, a busy traffic artery before the calm upper slopes.

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Thanks to Seven Cycles

February 13, 2015

Seven Cycles are advertising for February and it’s a custom of this blog to say thanks in public for their support. The US framebuilder offers a range of custom carbon, titanium and steel frames and to find out more, click on the ad to visit their site and learn more. With Valentines Day coming up […]

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Diego Ulissi, Lampre and the MPCC

February 12, 2015

Diego Ulissi will racing shortly after his ban ends in March. For some this appears to contravene the MPCC’s rules and the group today said it wants to check Ulissi’s situation. This in turn upset the Lampre-Merida team who in press release tennis, smashed back their response. Amid all this there’s a lesson: any rider […]

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