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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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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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Contador coulda carked it

The Spanish star, Alberto Contador, is anything but resentful about crashing out of 2014’s Tour de France because he believes it could have been worse: he might have died. After breaking his right tibia (shinbone) during the 10th stage of the tour, and continuing to ride for nearly 20km, Contador eventually gave up. When asked about it, he said “When I think I was going 77kmph at the time and I only broke m ...

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UCI to get dope on dope

New plans to form international anti-doping units will be formed in 2015 to provide equality in all cases, this was announced by UCI in a press release. The new independent body will be held responsible by UCI to deal with all doping cases involving international riders which are currently being handled by their respective national federations. This new decision is a followup of series of doping cases by th ...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah, it’s Nibali

The Spaniard, Joaquim Rodríguez, was left devastated when Vincenzo Nibali razzed past him, thereby ending his dream to grab his second Tour de France stage victory. He also acknowledged that the Italian rider was faster than him and that it was not possible to overtake him. However, he was confident that more opportunities would come his way. Rodríguez, who moved into the lead of the mountains classificatio ...

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Contador crash – Van Den Broeck ses ‘I was there man!’

Following Alberto Contador's exit from this year's Tour de France there have been questions asked about what exactly happened that caused him to crash.  Whenever a rider crashes out there is a mix of sympathy and commiseration from riders who have been in the same situation themselves before.  With Contador's sudden crash-related retirement yesterday his peers appear to be neither surprised nor sympathetic. ...

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Contador crashes, cracks and leaves Le Tour

Alberto Contador is the latest victim of what is turning out to be one of the most brutal Tour de France years we've known for a while.  We were horrified to hear that Mark Cavendish had borked his shoulder, we sighed with sad disappointment when Chris Froome was forced to bailout before the cobblestone sections of the Paris-Roubaix stage.  Now we're feeling bad for yet another fella what could have won Le ...

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Contador expects rumble in Roubaix

Always a game-changer, the vicious cobblestone streets Paris-Roubaix promise to be a pivotal point in the Tour de France. With the help of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, rider Alberto Contador hopes for solace in the expected brutal conditions. And with projected weather forecasts including harsh rain and high winds, every rider will be looking for any edge-up they can get. Rewind four years back to 2010 and the wo ...

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