Tour Stage 19 Review

July 24, 2015

How do you define a champion? Maurice De Muer, manager of Luis Ocaña, described it as someone who was capable of acting alone to turn around a bad situation to their advantage. Does this fit Vincenzo Nibali? He’s been down out in France this July but was the only rider willing to take big risks […]

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Tour Stage 19 Preview

July 24, 2015

A massive day in the Alps, today’s stage is harder than tomorrow’s dash to Alpe d’Huez as it’s got more climbs and more technical descents with no time for a breather before the underrated climb to La Touissuire. It’s live on TV from start to finish.

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Thanks to Trek

July 23, 2015

Loyal readers will know all site sponsors get a public message of thanks and here is the thanks to Trek for their sponsorship of the site this month. If you’re enjoying the daily previews then support from sponsors helps it happen.

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Tour Stage 18 Preview

July 23, 2015

An uphill start and then rollercoaster roads for the battle to get in the breakaway, today’s route should reward the bold. The Col du Glandon sits too far from the finish to deliver fireworks but it’ll be selective before the scenic novelty of the Lacets de Montvernier.

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A Fine Price to Pay

July 22, 2015

Eduardo Sepúlveda panicked. His chain was broken and he’d just seen his Bretagne-Séché Environnement team car drive past without spotting him. The Ag2r La Mondiale team car stopped to enquire, offered him a wheel which was no use and, inexplicably, he climbed in the Ag2r car to make up the 300 metres separating him from […]

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Tour Stage 17 Preview

July 22, 2015

The first of the Alpine mountain stages with the giant and scenic Col d’Allos and then the very difficult descent before the climb to Pra Loup, the ski resort where Eddy Merckx cracked and lost the Tour de France.

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Into the Alps

July 21, 2015

Legend has it that Saint Martin was moved by a beggar suffering in the cold and he cut his cloak in half to give the poor man some protection. The ski resort of La Pierre Saint Martin might be named after the saint but the scenes last Tuesday were the diametric opposite as Chris Froome […]

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Tour Stage 16 Preview

July 20, 2015

201km and the first of the Alpine stages. The Col de Manse is the highlight, one of the rare mountain passes celebrated and feared for its descent rather than the climb. Several riders have come undone here.

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Tour Stage 15 Preview

July 19, 2015

The roller coaster profile looks like something out of Eurodisney but as rides go this is gentle. Yes it climbs but this is the last opportunity for the sprinters before Paris so they and their teams have to make it count.

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The Heat Takes Its Toll

July 18, 2015

It’s been infernally hot on the Tour de France with the temperature in the shade reaching 39°C (102°F). Only the riders can’t sit in the shade they must race in the open. Reports said riders drank up to 20 bottles each during yesterday’s stage. Thirst and heatstroke are obvious factors but the heat takes its […]

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