Tour de France

Top Five in the Tour de France

30 Jul , 2015  


Much was made before this year's Tour de France of the salivating showdown we had in prospect between the 'Fab Four' of Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana. The four are all Grand Tour winners and had never all competed in a race together until this past July. We weren't really treated ...

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Milan San Remo

Milan San Remo Tune-up

20 Mar , 2015  

Cycling : BOONEN Tom / Milan - Sanremo

Which is the best race to ride yourself into form for Milan San Remo? Is it Paris-Nice? Or is it Tirreno-Adriatico? While the respective race organisers ASO and RCS try to tempt the major G.C. riders to their races, the classics stars are also faced with a choice of how best to prepare for the first ...

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The Hardest Monument Classic

19 Mar , 2015  


Which classic is the hardest? It's an impossible question to answer definitively as the topic will always be somewhat subjective. How do you define 'hard'? Hills? Cobbles? Wind? Rain? Speed? Perhaps a good place to start is to rule out all of the classics that are not considered to be one of the five monuments - Milan ...

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Pro Tour,Viewing Cycling

Black is the new Shite

8 Jan , 2015  


In June 2013, current UCI President Brian Cookson released his manifesto which ultimately succeeded in helping him get elected at the UCI congress later that year. In that manifesto in the section entitled 'Overhaul the structure of elite road cycling' Cookson wrote the following: “The structure of elite cycling needs to provide a clear and compelling narrative ...

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A Monumental Loss of Tradition

2 Jan , 2015  


Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, Australian and Irish -the nationalities of the five winners of the 2014 monument classics were unusually diverse. It was only the fifth time that all five races were won by riders from different countries. Notably the winners didn't include any Belgians, French, Italians or Spaniards. This is not quite a first in cycling ...

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Tour de France

The Million Dollar Nonsense

7 Oct , 2014  

Alpe d'Huez

"If Quintana, Froome, Nibali and Contador all agree to ride all three Grand Tours, I'll get Tinkoff Bank to put up €1 million. They can have €250,000 each as an extra incentive. I think it's a good idea" The words of Oleg Tinkov speaking recently to Cycling News as he once more offers to throw money ...

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