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How do you win the Tour de France?

Friday, 3 August 2018 10:50:02 Europe/London

3,351 km of cycling over three weeks at an average speed of around 40 km/h. Even taking part in the Tour de France is an achievement that few professional cyclists accomplish in their careers, and only the best riders will make it all the way to the finish line in Paris. So how on earth do you win the yellow jersey in the Tour de France? We take a look at this year’s tour to see if we can find some answers.

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Six Tour de France Facts Past & Present

Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:09:57 Europe/London

The Tour de France is unquestionably the most prestigious bicycle race in the world. No other Grand Tour has the same reputation or rich history; from Eddy Merckx to Greg LeMond, the world’s most famous riders all made their name in France.

The Tour is by far the most popular cycling competition. An impressive 3.5 billion people tune in to watch events unfold on TV and 12 million people line the roads each year to catch a glimpse of the peloton as it goes past. With more media coverage and bigger sponsors, the profile of the race continues to grow each year.

Here are six Tour de France facts, past and present, that you may not know.

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Chris Froome Wins 2018 Giro d’Italia

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 08:29:48 Europe/London

It will have come to no surprise to anyone who has been following professional cycling in the last few years that Chris Froome took home the pink jersey in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

This solidifies Froome as one of the most successful riders of all time; he has now taken successive wins in three Grand Tours: the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia.

A welcome, but not altogether unusual, change from the race controlling tactics often seen from Team Sky, Chris Froome took the win with a certain amount of flare.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 Preview

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 14:02:58 Europe/London

The start of the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia is just days away. The first Grand Tour of the season is set to be an exciting event, with plenty of drama expected over next three weeks.

The nature of the Giro d’Italia means that, although there are of course some clear favourites, it is not entirely clear who is going to walk away with the pink jersey.

Here’s a quick run through of everything you need to know before the race begins.

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Mitchelton-Scott, the Scott Foil, and Paris-Roubaix

Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:18:32 Europe/London

Having taken the win back in 2016, Mitchelton-Scott have a good record when it comes to the Paris-Roubaix. In the 2018 edition, however, the team were unable to achieve a podium position.

Italian rider Matteo Trentin crashed hard, taking him out of the race. The 28 year old received immediate medical attention and has suffered a fracture in the thoracic region, but thankfully is in a stable condition.

2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman, meanwhile, finished 22nd. Speaking after the race, Hayman said he “was having a fairly good day but then just ran out of legs.”

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Iconic Flanders Climbs

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:02:32 Europe/London

The Tour of Flanders is raced this weekend which will see the best cyclists in the world tackle some of the most brutal ascents they will face in the season. 

The Flandrian climbs may not be as long as the Alpe d'Huez or as trecherous as the Stelvio, but what they lack in length and accumulated height they gain in severity. 

The climbs on the Tour of Flanders and indeed in all of the spring classics in Northern Europe are normally between .4km and 2.5km in length with varying degreees of difficulty; both in terms of average or maximum gradient but also with the road surface, with many of the climbs being on narrow, cobbled roads. 

Here we take you through our top 5 Flandrian climbs in celebration of the Tour of Flanders:

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