Tag: Richie Porte

Tour of Oman Preview

On February 6th Marcel Kittel was crowned the winner of the Dubai Tour, pulling things back his way on the final day when sprinting home to victory. His race had mirrored Mark Cavendish’s 2015 win, owing a lot to a show of strength on the Hatta Dam plus stage wins on the first and last

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An All-Australian Affair

It would be fair to say veteran Simon Gerrans has mastered Adelaide’s rolling terrain. After a crash removed him from contention on Stage 2, Gerrans accelerated away for victory the next day before adding another sprint win on the flat finish of Stage 4. He claimed 20 extra seconds courtesy of these wins and made

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Tour Down Under Preview

The Tour Down Under starts next Tuesday providing some World Tour racing to deprived fans. For European followers, this means any combination of late nights/early starts/alarm setting/Eurosport recording/results page refreshing all in the name of pro cycling. This year’s route is almost unchanged from 2015 with last year’s top two Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte returning

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Giro d’Italia 2015: The Big Preview

The first Grand Tour of the season is finally among us. It’s easy to fall into the trap of saying the Giro d’Italia has the greatest history and the best climbs- something I do every May. By July, I’m absorbed with the madness of the Tour de France and I’m always staggered by the difficulty of the climbs in the Vuelta come September.

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Catalunya, E3 and Wevelgem: Thomas impresses on the cobbles

Chris Froome, returning from illness, may have gone to Volta a Catalunya as team leader but it was team-mate Richie Porte who underlined his fantastic start to the season with another World Tour win. The first Girona climbs confirmed Froome was just riding for fitness and when Porte was given the chance to lead he showed strong legs

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Big wins for Porte and Quintana

With March comes two of the first big UCI Stage Races of the Year; Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Though the former has history and prestige, Tirreno-Adriatico’s route across Italy attracted a host of the best climbers. The ‘Race of the Two Seas’ started and ended with a time trial and contained a Queen Stage that ended

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Six reasons why Paris-Nice was great

Tirreno-Adriatico had the names, the climbs, the crazy weather and quite possibly the bigger following but Paris-Nice remains my pick of the March stage races. Though I’ve frequently championed the Giro over the Tour, the Paris-Nice format usually delivers some cracking French racing and had returned this year to its better format. The race takes

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Tour Down Under: Aussie Rules in a home 1-2-3

The Tour Down Under once again delivered a week of action worthy of kicking off the cycling season and by the time things wrapped up three Australians were top of the pile. Richie Porte and Cadel Evans fought hard but were outdone by 24 year-old Stage 3 winner Rohan Dennis. The BMC rider took the

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