Vuelta Stage 14 Preview

September 3, 2016

Labelled by everyone as the Queen Stage of the race, today’s route is packed with climbing and ends with a tough summit finish. Nairo Quintana leads the race but has to take time on Chris Froome. Can he do it?

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Friday Shorts

September 2, 2016

Ban powermeters? After Nairo Quintana’s statement a few readers have emailed in asking for thoughts on this. For starters the possibility of a ban happening seems somewhere between impossible and unimaginable so any debate is academic.

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Vuelta Stage 13 Preview

September 2, 2016

A hilly stage that sees the race cross back and forth between France and Spain, a hard day’s racing and the longest stage of the race and all on the eve of Queen Stage in the Pyrenees.

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Vuelta Stage 12 Preview

September 1, 2016

The race returns to the Basque Country with a finishing circuit around Bilbao. So far many stages have been the kind where it pays to tune into the final 15 minutes but the doble climb of El Vivero means more action for longer.

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Vuelta Stage 11 Preview

August 31, 2016

The race resumes as it left off with a summit finish. The altitude of 565m looks modest but Peña Cabarga is where Chris Froome burst onto the scene as a grand tour contender with his first pro win.

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The Vuelta’s Missing Mythical Mountains

August 30, 2016

What’s the most famous climb in the Vuelta? The race climbed up to the Lagos de Covadonga yesterday – pictured – but arguably the most well-known climb in this year’s edition is… the Col d’Aubisque, used when the Vuelta slips into France for a day. It’s telling that a foreign climb grabs the limelight, as […]

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Vuelta Stage 10 Preview

August 29, 2016

The Vuelta doesn’t have many mythical climbs, there’s no Ventoux nor Stelvio but the Lagos de Covadonga are the closest the race gets, a climb that’s been a regular since the 1980s and climbed for the 20th time today.

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Vuelta Stage 9 Preview

August 28, 2016

A mountain stage with some small ascents that have had a big impact. The final climb of the Alto del Naranco was where Chris Horner beat Vincenzo Nibali to win the Vuelta in 2013.

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Vuelta Stage 8 Preview

August 27, 2016

The first mountain stage of the Vuelta, 173km and then the vicious climb of La Camperona with its 20% slopes.

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The Rise of China and The Fall of Italy

August 26, 2016

Lampre-Merida been sold to a Chinese firm. It means there will be no Italian team in the top flight of the sport, a first. While welcoming interest from around the world it’s still astonishing to imagine that the land of Milan-San Remo and the Giro, Coppi and Barali, Nibali and Aru won’t have a major […]

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