Tour de France review

Expect attacks from Quintana as two difficult Alpine stages loom in Tour de France

 July 24, 2015   John Welsh

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With two days completed in the Alps and just two remaining, Chris Froome still retains his 3 minutes and 10 second lead to Colombian rider Nairo Quintana in the Tour de France general classification, but there are suggestions that difficult summit finishes to La Toussuire and L’Alpe d’Huez will offer a real opportunity for Quintana […]

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Froome overwhelms his Tour de France

Froome overwhelms his Tour de France rivals during first day in Pyrenees

 July 14, 2015   John Welsh

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The first serious mountain stage in any Tour de France is normally the day in which the pre-race favourites test each other with bursts of acceleration and counter-attacks during the final kilometres. During action often resembling a game of chess or poker as increases in pace are followed by deliberate slowdowns, one rider usually claims […]

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Tour de France

Froome retains Tour de France lead after Team Time Trial with the mountain stages next on the agenda

 July 12, 2015   John Welsh

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During a first week of crashes, several misfortunes and a great deal of thrilling action, Chris Froome will enter the mountain stages of the 2015 Tour de France with a 12 second lead over BMC rider Tejay van Garderen after a team time trial on Sunday which tested the resolve of many of the riders […]

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Tony Martin leads the Tour de France

Tony Martin leads the Tour de France after a few days of mixed fortunes for the favourites

 July 8, 2015   John Welsh

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German time trial specialist Tony Martin now leads the Tour de France after four days of fairly intensive riding for the peleton in which one or two of the pre-race favourites fared better than others. Martin managed to escape from the leading group of riders with just a few kilometres remaining in Tuesday’s difficult stage […]

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Tour de France action

Froome and Contador benefit from early Tour de France action but difficult days await

 July 5, 2015   John Welsh

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There was a time when the opening week of the Tour de France was geared more for the sprinters as the contenders for overall victory were generally satisfied to be finishing in the middle of a closely grouped peleton on the flat stages. Individual time trials plus the mountain stages in the Pyrenees and Alps […]

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Alberto Contador duly won the 2015 Giro dItalia

Contador secures 2015 Giro d’Italia victory with Mikel Landa emerging as the name for the future.

 June 1, 2015   John Welsh

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Alberto Contador duly won the 2015 Giro d’Italia as the final stage from Torino to Milano was completed on Sunday but just 24 hours earlier, his comfortable lead in the general classification nearly evaporated as he struggled to cope with the unrelenting steep gradients on the upper slopes of the Colle delle Finestre. For the […]

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Contador Giro dItalia title

Dominant Contador set to claim 2015 Giro d’Italia title

 May 25, 2015   John Welsh

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After another week of difficult racing in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, it would appear that the coveted pink jersey awarded to the overall leader is set to be worn by Alberto Contador for the remainder of the race. The Spaniard has partially recovered from a dislocated shoulder plus a Friday crash to claim a 2 […]

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Team Sky riders

Giro puncture proves costly for Richie Porte but where were his fellow Team Sky riders

 May 20, 2015   John Welsh

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The fairly flat Stage 10 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia was expected to be a typical transition day for those riders contesting the overall classification with a breakaway group and the sprinters hoping to be the main focus of attention. Punctures and the occasional crash often occur during these days but the riders often recover […]

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GirodItalia crash

Contador retains Giro d’Italia lead despite shoulder injury

 May 15, 2015   John Welsh

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With seven stages completed in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, pre-race favourite Alberto Contador leads the general classification by 2 seconds from Italian hope Fabian Aru as Richie Porte occupies third position a further 18 seconds behind, but it has not been a routine first week for the Spanish rider who has yet to lose a […]

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Grand Tour Giro dItalia

Contador aiming for Grand Tour double as 2015 Giro d’Italia begins

 May 10, 2015   John Welsh

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The 2015 Giro d’Italia began on Saturday with a team time trial along the Italian Riveria coastline from San Lorenzo Al Mare to the San Remo, and after all 22 participating teams had finished the 17.6 kilometre route, Orica-GreenEDGE claimed victory by seven seconds from Tinko-Saxoff, the team of pre-race favourite Alberto Contador. Having succeeded […]

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