Tour de France Stage 10 Preview

July 14, 2014

If they lack the altitude of the Alps and the mystique of the Pyrenees the Vosges have plenty of offer. Today’s stage is a showcase for the small mountain range, crossing six passes before stinging finish at the Planche des Belles Filles. It’s 14 July, Bastille Day, the French national holiday so expect giant crowds […]

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Tour de France Stage 9 Preview

July 14, 2014

A big day of climbing but the route has the look of a decisive stage in reverse, a series of climbs followed by a flat run to the finish. Consequently it’s not as selective because the finish allows time for things to regroup. It’s a deliberate choice not to make the race too selective, instead […]

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Denis Menchov, The Silent Prosecution

July 14, 2014

Denis Menchov has been given a two year ban and stripped of all results from the Tour de France in 2009, 2010 and 2012 following a successful anti-doping prosecution based on findings from his biological passport. It’s the biggest catch so far by the UCI, a grand tour winner who is now thrown off the […]

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One Week Into The Tour

July 14, 2014

The first week of the Tour de France has flown by, so much has happened during the past 1291km. The Tour seems to create its own time and space and Yorkshire seems to be more than a week ago. It’s been a week packed with action and drama yet the race has only just got […]

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Tour de France Stage 8 Preview

July 14, 2014

The first mountain stage of the Tour de France, today’s stage offers a lively finish with some sharp climbs saved for late including the first summit finish of the Tour. The first of the Vosges trilogy over the long weekend in France, today is a mountain hors d’oeuvre but promises an exiting finish.

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Tour de France Stage 7 Preview

July 11, 2014

The Tour heads east towards the Vosges mountains and this is a final transition stage ahead of the mountains. Two late climbs add some suspense to the finish, it’s uncertain if the sprinters can cope. There’s nothing severe but it makes for a finish that’s harder to control.

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Vive L’Indifférence

July 10, 2014

The Tour de France attracts about 12 million people to the roadside. That’s the biggest audience in the world. Subtract the foreigners on holiday and roughly 15% of the French population will watch the race, impressive given the route has to miss many regions each year. It’s easy to imagine cycling as a wildly popular […]

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Stage 6 Preview

July 10, 2014

The aftermath of Stage 5. Today should see a sprint finish as well as giving riders a chance to stretch their legs after yesterday’s battering. As well as the race we’ll get a history lesson plus a presidential visit.

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Stage 5 Wrap

July 9, 2014

Lars Boom was first today but Vincenzo Nibali was the winner. It’s only Wednesday and already the Tour de France has seen enough drama to fill an HBO series.

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Tour de France Stage 5 Preview

July 9, 2014

The fear stage. Today the Tour de France borrows a day from April and uses the cobbled farm tracks of Paris-Roubaix and if there’s not a mountain in sight this stage is crucial for all the overall contenders. A summer classic? Perhaps but the weather forecast predicts grim conditions straight from the spring.

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