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Two million enjoy the Yorkshire rain

It was a busy day to say the least for the “heartland of cycling.” Over two million fans braced the rain to watch Frenchman Thomas Voeckler dominate the three day Tour de Yorkshire. It was a stunning performance for the Direct Energie rider and he made sure the fans got what they came for. Voeckler won the third and final stage and slipped by Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche in a sprint finish. Christian Prudhomme, ...

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Froome keeps the boss happy

The Tour de Romandie was not too kind to Chris Froome. In the past years, Froome started fairly well but this year when he crossed the finish line, he finished 38th. But, luckily, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is not worried one bit. These late struggles seem to be a part of a master plan for longer and sustained success further down the road. To say that Froome has a “full plate” is an understatem ...

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Froome’s Tour de Southampton

Tour de France champ Chris Froome turned a normal Saturday into a day that local riders will not soon forget. The University of Southampton received an unexpected visit from several hundred riders all because the champion wanted some company for a bimble in the area. The Team Sky leader took to Twitter to tweet his followers and it didn’t take long for Froome Fans to grab their gear and rush to heed his cal ...

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Sagan’s California Dreamin’

Don’t be surprised if you notice Peter Sagan walking around the LA looking for available properties for sale, he loves riding in California. And it doesn’t hurt that he can’t stop winning here either. Sagan has lit up the record books with 13 Tour of California stage wins but his competitors are not going to roll out the red carpet just yet. California’s majestic mountain ranges in stage three and five will ...

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – the story so far (part 3)

Passo del Mortirolo would have been large in the minds of the remaining riders as another day of mixed weather got the final week of the 2015 Giro d’Italia off to an intimidating start. All jersey wearers should be feeling pretty secure with Contador in pink and, apparently, only misfortune is likely to stop him rolling home to victory in Milan. Porte’s challenge was definitely over as he had left the race ...

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – the story so far (part 2)

Week Two didn’t look very dramatic in advance. Something for the sprinters, yes, before many of them pack their bags and set off home, a probably significant time-trial, and a nice taster in the form of a big climb up to Madonna di Campiglio. But a rainy week meant crashes, and crashes mean upsets. Stage Ten of the Giro was supposed to be a quiet day – almost another rest day as it was, although not flat, c ...

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – the story so far

Week one of the Giro d’Italia ended with three of the four main GC hopes racing for the line in touching distance of each other. The time difference between them was no more than a handful of seconds. An exciting prospect then, but all this had come at the end of an eventful and highly entertaining nine days of racing for the famous Maglia Rosa – the pink jersey in the corporate colour of the La Gazetta del ...

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Where’s tha’ goin’ Yorkie? – Tour de Yorkshire report

Is anyone else contemplating the future shape and development of the Tour de Yorkshire? Having had the pleasure of following this excellent race over three varied and fascinating days, the most interesting news is perhaps that Moreno Hofland, Steven Kruijswijk, Maarten Tjallingii and Robert Wagner are in the Lotto Jumbo team for the Giro d’Italia, which we all know follows the French-flavoured tour of the N ...

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Cav goes Bananas……

Mark Cavendish has secured his seventh win of the season. Narrowly beating Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni by, in technical terms 'a gnats arse' (half a wheel) in the opening stage of The Tour of Turkey. He will wear the turquoise leader's jersey in stage 2. Mark said of his win, "There are a lot of big sprinters at the race so we knew it would be chaotic, and it really was," and added that the season hadn't ...

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Astana ride on, but under close scrutiny

The Scottish legal system has an unusual alternative verdict to the familiar guilty or not guilty. The alternative is “not proven”, which has been interpreted before now as, “not guilty, but don’t do it again.” All this may or may not have something to do with today’s UCI decision not to remove the World Tour licence from Kazakh team Astana. There is, of course, nothing odd, nor funny, about a team that was ...

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