Paris-Nice Stage 7 Preview

March 15, 2015

The opening stages rhymed with siesta only for the race to hit the TV jackpot yesterday with a Frenchman winning the stage and taking the yellow jersey after a very eventful stage. Can Tony Gallopin win Paris-Nice? It’ll be close. Richie Porte is in the prime position to profit but there are four riders within […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 6 Preview

March 14, 2015

Look closely at the image above and Richie Porte’s marking Michał Kwiatkowski. With just one second separating Michał Kwiatkowski and Richie Porte this will be a hard day for Team Sky and Etixx-Quickstep because as close as the gap between the two is, there are 20 riders within 90 seconds on GC. Can they control […]

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No More Mechanics On The Move

March 13, 2015

A short piece to mark a change in the sport. The UCI are clamping down on mechanics leaning out of car windows to service riders in a races. It’s been such a famous image from many races and now it’s going away for good. It’ll have tactical consequences too.

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Paris-Nice Stage 5 Preview

March 13, 2015

Sprint or breakaway? Today’s stage is a scenic ride and a gourmet’s delight with the finish in Rasteau, famous for its wines. The race has come alive with Michał Kwiatkowski leading Richie Porte by just one second. Today’s likely to see others in action before a nervous weekend spent sprinting for time bonuses and the […]

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March 12, 2015

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Paris-Nice Stage 4 Preview

March 12, 2015

It’s all change with a summit finish to reshape the GC. A series of climbs will soften up the peloton before the long climb up Mont Pilat.

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Paris-Nice Stage 3 Preview

March 11, 2015

Another sprint stage but with a tricky finish to contend with, a sharp climb just 500m from the line will upset the heavier sprinters. This widens the list of potential winners and offers a more lively finish even if the best is again saved for last.

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Why Have So Many Stars Gone to Tirreno-Adriatico?

March 10, 2015

It had all been looking so good for Tirreno-Adriatico. The “fantastic four” of Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana were supposed to clash for the first time together in a stage race only for Froome to fall ill, while we were promised a sprint royale between Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish but […]

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Paris-Nice Stage 2 Preview

March 10, 2015

Another flat stage across unremarkable countryside that’ll end in a bunch sprint? We said this in 2013 when the Tour de France took a similar route to Saint-Amand-Montrond only for teams to shred the race in crosswinds and provide one of the most thrilling flat stages of the Tour in recent memory. Sadly for those […]

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The CIRC Report

March 9, 2015

The UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission (“CIRC”) has published its report. It’s not a gripping read, this is a report on the corporate policy of institution a decade ago. But buried in the 228 pages are revelations, there is strong criticism of those running the UCI in the past and it puts the spotlight back […]

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