Tag: Quintana

A Picture Speaks 500 Words #4 – Dumoulin

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. I say 500 is a more realistic figure. To fully appreciate this photo – three Giro rivals finishing a minute after the stage winner – you have to understand a little about the 2015 Vuelta Espana. It also helps to know the personalities of the men in

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Tour Talk: Laying Claims To The Yellow Jersey

The second week of the Tour was always likely to be a bit weird. There were two stages ripe for Marcel Kittel, before a dash into the Pyrenees and some lumpy ones in the Massif Central. Overall the week receives a thumbs-up. Team Sky and Chris Froome are simultaneously in total control and spinning into

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Top 20 Performances from the 2017 Giro d’Italia

Here’s my list – in reverse order – of the top 20 performances from this year’s Giro d’Italia. Whilst the riders from the top of the GC feature throughout, they won’t necessarily be ranked by their finishing position. My list picks out overachievers, eye-catchers and surprise packages, as well this year’s heroic support riders.

What Won’t Happen In The Giro This Week (3)

The Giro d’Italia in an alternative universe. Belt up. The final week is here. Today’s stage is a monster with a trifecta of huge ascents in the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Umbrail Pass. Wednesday is weird with a long false flat to the line posing no real difficulty. It’s non-stop climbing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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Ten riders for 2016

Emerging from the glow of Christmas lights and New Year fireworks, the 2016 Pro Cycling season has rumbled into January and racing ‘down under’ starts this month. The off season has ended and rider schedules would have long been decided with fitness plans well under way. With just a short lull in competition you would

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