2015 Starts Today

August 1, 2014

Want to see the future? Well today is the day because it marks three futuristic events: rider transfers, team registrations and hiring stagiaires for the rest of the season. The meeting above of Fernando Alonso and Peter Sagan seemed to represent the future but six months later things seem to be turning out quite differently.

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Nicknames

July 31, 2014

The Shark of the Straits. If you followed the Tour de France you’ll have heard or read about Vincenzo Nibali’s nickname, perhaps to the point of exhaustion at the repetition. Such nicknames have a long tradition, they bring a touch of character and caricature as well as a sense of place.

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UCI Annual Report and Financial Accounts

July 30, 2014

Money makes the wheels go round in pro cycling and the governing body has just quietly published its annual report on UCI.ch. Here’s a look at the financial report for the calendar year ending 2013 and the summary take is a steady year.

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Tour de France Stage 22 Preview

July 28, 2014

A 13.7km time trial in Utrecht. The flat route suits the specialists and we’re likely to see Tom Dumoulin up against Tony Martin for the stage win while the GC contenders will aim to contain their time losses.

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The Moment The Race Was Won: The Tour de France

July 27, 2014

Stage 10 and Vincenzo Nibali wins atop the Planche des Belles Filles. It was one of only two days when he wasn’t wearing the yellow jersey but he reclaimed the race lead with a performance so strong that doubts about his form in the mountains were crushed.

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Tour de France Stage 21 Preview

July 27, 2014

Not just one but nine victory laps of the Champs Elysées. The final stage is part parade, part criterium and both pointless and essential.

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Tour de France Stage 20 Preview

July 26, 2014

The only time trial of the Tour de France but the distance compensates for the absence. 54km is long for any race but as the 20th stage it’s going to feel even longer for some. Tony Martin winning the stage and Vincenzo Nibali staying in yellow seem as certain as the passage of time but […]

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Tour de France Stage 19 Preview

July 25, 2014

North to Paris! The race leaves the Pyrenees behind with 200km to ride to Bergerac. This is no rest day but it doesn’t have the same strategic interest as the previous days in the mountains nor tomorrow’s time trial. A sprint seems likely but because it’s the last chance for many teams to win a […]

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Roads to Ride: Hautacam

July 24, 2014

Does it exist? Stage 18 of this summer’s Tour de France finishes in Hautacam but many maps don’t show anywhere called Hautacam. But it’s testimony to the geopolitical force of the Tour and the tourism industry that, like an invading army, the map of France gets rewritten. What is certain is that the climb exists […]

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Tour de France Stage 18 Preview

July 24, 2014

The final mountain stage of the Tour de France and a great way to end given the short distance, the mighty Col du Tourmalet and then the road to Hautacam, one of the hardest climbs in the Pyrenees.

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