Tour Stage 10 Preview

July 14, 2015

The first summit finish of the 2015 Tour de France and a brutal change in pace as the race switches from the plains to the mountains. After all the projection and speculation we’ll finally see what everyone has got as attitude makes way for altitude in the first of a Pyrenean trifecta. Don’t miss the […]

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Into the Pyrenees

July 13, 2015

From Pau the Pyrenees sit on the horizon like ramparts of a distant fortress, the scene of battles to come. The opening week of the Tour de France has been dramatic and thrilling but in the race for the yellow jersey it’s merely been a qualification event.

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Tour Stage 9 Review

July 12, 2015

0.62 seconds separated BMC Racing from Team Sky, nothing at all but a useful lesson in team work. The two teams were obvious picks for the day but such a close margin added some thrills to what could have been a boring procession of teams.

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Only As Good As Fifth

July 12, 2015

Cycling is an individual sport conducted with teams. Except today where it becomes a team sport and the best rider in the peloton is only as good as the fifth rider on their team. It crosses a subtle line.

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Tour Stage 9 Preview

July 12, 2015

A team time trial to shake up the first phase of the race before the rest day and the Pyrenees arrive. The “Big Four” all ride for big teams so the fight for the stage win and the GC align. Let’s see if a diminished Orica-Greenedge can still beat some full teams.

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Tour Stage 8 Preview

July 11, 2015

The Mûr-de-Bretagne’s mini summit finish awaits after a ride across Brittany with its hilly and tiring roads. In 2011 Cadel Evans won the stage before winning the Tour de France. The same again? We’ll see but the approach to the climb this time is different.

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The Caravan of Money

July 10, 2015

Adults hauled folding chairs and picnic coolboxes, children carried hats, bags and small packets of sweets. They were moving in the opposite direction and this was worrying. I’d planned on watching the Tour de France and many were leaving. Surely I hadn’t got the time wrong? Perhaps the racing so furious it was over an […]

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Tour Stage 7 Preview

July 10, 2015

A rare regular sprint finish, or at least as close as it gets because the final few hundred metres kick up. We should get another bunch sprint while Chris Froome gets a new and unwanted spell in the yellow jersey.

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Tour Stage 6 Preview

July 9, 2015

A long coastal section with exposed roads that are narrow in parts, enough to fray the nerves any day but the forecast is for more crosswinds. The stage ends with a punchy uphill finish, perfect for Peter Sagan and everyone who tries to follow his wheel.

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The Podcast Explosion

July 8, 2015

This Tour always means more cycling coverage and there are only so many hours a day you can watch the Tour de France and read about it online. For the rest there’s a podcast. This year brings an explosion in the number of podcasts to download, here are some thoughts and links to some of […]

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