Vuelta Stage 4 Preview

August 26, 2014

A day for the sprinters but the first second category climb and it’s 14% gradients await. The finish is similar to 2011 when Peter Sagan won but the Slow-vak finished 129th yesterday. Time to make amends or will someone else win in Córdoba?

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Vuelta Stage 3 Preview

August 25, 2014

Two flat stages means the Vuelta has to visit a mountain range and today’s stage includes four categorised climbs on the way to a tricky uphill finish.

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Vuelta Stage 2 Preview

August 24, 2014

A sprinter’s stage as the flat profile above suggests but what the profile doesn’t show is just how this route is exposed as it crosses the bay of Cádiz. No strong winds are forecast but the route does pass several famous windsurfing spots and it could catch a few riders out.

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Vuelta Stage 1 Preview

August 23, 2014

A team time trial in Jerez, the city of Sherry. A short and fast course will limit the team gaps but who will spray the cava tonight?

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Who Will Win The Vuelta España?

August 22, 2014

A star-packed field contenders and pretenders for the Vuelta with seven grand tour winners and a long list of rivals. But as any astronomer knows, look up at the stars and you’ll see powerful blue giants also a few white dwarfs. We watched the Tour de France to see a duel between Chris Froome and […]

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Vuelta a España Guide

August 21, 2014

There will be daily stage previews with added extras from Manuel Pérez Díaz and a review of the overall contenders tomorrow. Before the race and during, see the overall Vuelta guide with all the stage profiles, rules, jerseys and more at See the permanent “Vuelta” link at the top of the page / mobile […]

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The UCI vs Roman Kreuziger, Round II

August 21, 2014

The ongoing battle between the UCI and Roman Kreuziger continues. Yesterday saw a fresh round with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) holding an expedited hearing from Kreuziger over the provisional suspension issued by the UCI. The result is that he’s banned from racing and won’t do the Vuelta a Espana.

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Tuesday Shorts

August 19, 2014

Smearing rider reputations and even mocking Norwegians about the Utøya massacre in now-deleted tweet, Oleg Tinkov’s funny side is matched by a tendency for provocation and shock. He’s made a career out of it.

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What’s The Point of the Vuelta?

August 18, 2014

The Vuelta a España enjoys a reputation and a privileged status all while being an elusive event. It lacks obvious preparation races to get the audience warmed-up and if it has a rich history a lot of its best stories are not well known just as it lacks obvious focal points, in the collective conciousness […]

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The World Tour’s Shortage of Teams

August 15, 2014

Each passing day brings a Cannondale rider signing for new team. Yesterday saw Fabio Sabatini heading off to OPQS for 2015. If the riders are hopefully finding work, the staff might not have it so easy. It marks the end of the team which began as Liquigas in 1999, starting out with black kit but […]

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