Tour de Suisse Preview

June 11, 2016

For the Romans all roads led to Rome. In cycling they lead to Paris and as the Tour de France looms large the peloton is congregating in the Alps for the Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse. Here’s a quick look at the route and the overall contenders for the win and more.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 6 Preview

June 11, 2016

Another short stage, just 141km and crammed with 4,570 metres of vertical gain. Yesterday’s saw Chris Froome win the stage and yellow jersey meaning Team Sky will have to control the race today.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 5 Preview

June 10, 2016

The race heads for the mountains and a hard ski station summit finish. Vaujany isn’t famous in cycling now a swank ski resort but it is a hard, selective climb and all this on an intense 140km stage.

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Can The UCI Stop Team Bahrain?

June 9, 2016

This week has seen several comment pieces like the one in London’s The Guardian shown above (and here and here) saying the new Bahrain cycling team too controversial and unpleasant for the sport because of the multiple allegations claiming the team’s backer Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of the the ruler King Fahd, […]

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 4 Preview

June 9, 2016

A stage promised for the sprinters and an uphill finish to test them and maybe invite some extra names into the contest.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 3 Preview

June 8, 2016

A stage with a difficult climb towards the end, steeper and longer than the roadbook suggests and it should prove ruinous for many of the sprinters.

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The UCI’s Annual Report Reviewed

June 7, 2016

The UCI has published its annual report and accounts for 2015 on its website. It’s full of glossy images but let’s skip to the numbers at the back to see how the governing body is earning and spending its money.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 2 Preview

June 7, 2016

A ski station summit finish? Yes… but… we’ll see. Today’s stage does have an uphill run to a finish in a ski station but it’s more of a medium mountain stage and one of those days where it’s up to the teams to decide on the finish and whether they want a sprint among 60 […]

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Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1 Preview

June 6, 2016

The race leaves the Alps for the Rhone valley and a likely sprint finish with Alexander Kristoff and Nacer Bouhanni the top picks.

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Critérium du Dauphiné Prologue Preview

June 5, 2016

A 3.9km prologue. Calling this an uphill time trial is to downplay the effort, it’s an up-mountain race and as prologues go this kind of course is a rarity. With so many contenders for the race not having raced for weeks or more this will give us an immediate test of form.

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