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There’s plenty of racing on at the moment, Friday will see five different international pro races happening plus the Tour de l’Avenir starts. Rider transfers announcements make the news too at the moment too. But what if the biggest stories were behind the scenes? There’s the BinckBankTour, t...

UCI Financial Report and Accounts

The annual look at the UCI’s finances, a chance to follow the money behind the governing body. You can download the full report from the UCI website or scan the summary below. The UCI published the report in July but amid a thrilling Tour de France it wasn’t required reading. It’s not fascinating...

Can Julian Alaphilippe Win The Tour de France?

It’s a question posed on social media and in the email inbox and the the short is answer is he could but it’s a tough ask and would ruin half the fun, both his and yours. But one day he might like to try, partly to know if he can but also to fill his boots with cash. First it’s not a new questi...

Tour Debrief

A few loose ends in and around the Tour de France… Overall TV-audiences #tdf2019 about 10% up: +20% in Belgium, +15% in France & Italy, +5% in Germany, stable in Sweden, but down in the Netherlands (-7%) & Spain (-11%). Market shares up everywh...

The Moment The Tour de France Was Won

Pinch yourself, it’s over. After a glorious parade around Paris, the sun set on a vintage edition of the race which provided action and variety across three weeks. It’s impossible to pick one moment of the race but as a symbol let’s go with Egan Bernal on the Col du Galibier, he’s distanced e...

Tour de France Stage 21 Preview

The final stage of the race that’s first victory parade, then the most glamourous criterium in the world. Stage 20 Review: an abbreviated stage and so a dash to the final climb of the Tour. Vincenzo Nibali got in the breakaway and led the charge with Ilnur Zakarin, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Tony G...

Tour de France Stage 20 Preview

The final mountain stage and an abbreviated route. Once Thibaut Pinot abandoned it seems Mother Nature has thrown in the towel too and blocked roads all over the region, resulting in last-minute course change. But there’s still all to race for, Egan Bernal could win the Tour without a stage win...

Roads to Ride: Val Thorens

The final climb of the final mountain stage of the 2019 Tour de France, the climb to Val Thorens is a giant, 33km long to reach 2,365m above sea level. Here’s a closer look. The Route: the D96 heads south-west out of Salins-les-Thermes in Savoie, France before joining the D117 to climb to...

Tour de France Stage 19 Preview

A big day in the mountains and if some want to crack Julian Alaphilippe, better to try today rather than leave it to the last minute? Stage 18 Review: a maxi-breakaway of 34 riders including Nairo Quintana again. At first he looked like an expensive decoy who obliged Deceuninck-Quickstep to c...

Tour de France Stage 18 Preview

The first of three days in the high mountains, today’s stage is characterised by its distance and the succession of three climbs above 2,000m. Stage 17 Review: a big breakaway towed away by Thomas De Gendt. Total Direct Energie and Arkéa-Samsic missed the move and seemed forced into a punishment...

Hosting The Tour

While you’re enjoying this year’s Tour, next year’s route is near to being signed off and the 2021 route is taking shape too. Each year there can be up to 300 towns applying to host a stage of the Tour de France and race organiser ASO can thread the race among these towns but also make a detour h...

Tour de France Stage 17 Preview

A long day in hot weather to Gap, this kind of day is often labelled as a “transition stage” as the race makes its way to the foot of the Alps but if only it would be as easy to ride as it sounds as this is the last day a breakaway can be certain of making it to the finish and half the peloton wi...
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