Chris Froome makes his way up Alpe d'Huez. He was put under pressure from Nairo Quintana, but he ultimately took the 2015 Tour de France. Photo pelotonmagazine.com
Chris Froome makes his way up Alpe d’Huez. He was put under pressure from Nairo Quintana, but he ultimately took the 2015 Tour de France. Photo pelotonmagazine.com

Cycling’s main event is here! We won’t labour on the history and prestige of the race, as many a word has been written on that. It...

The 2015 podium with all jersey's featured. Image courtesy of Velonews.
The 2015 podium with all jersey’s featured. Image courtesy of Velonews.

With the battle for the maillot jaune grabbing the headlines and occupying the casual viewer (“Did Froome win the sprint? Where’s Wiggins??”) we can settle in over the course of the three weeks and worry about who’s grabbing...

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Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach (Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont)

The opening stage of this year’s Tour de France dispenses with the traditional Grand Tour prologue, and instead the first yellow jersey wearer will almost certainly be a sprinter. It also means that time gaps will be tight at the top of...

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So, that was the 2015 Tour de France. As the peloton wound at leisurely pace through the rain-soaked streets of Paris, the clock was stopped on the tour at 70km to go, and Chris Froome only had to finish the stage to take home the final yellow jersey. Only the question of the stage winner...

Today’s stage profile has the familiar appearance of a classic day in the Alps: seven categorised climbs, with the Hors Categorie Col du Glandon following after the ominous appellation of the ‘Col de la Morte’. A stage frequently punctuated by stinging climbs, and with that one long ascent...

After a fast first hour of racing some failed attempts to break, stage 17 saw a large group of around 35 riders go clear of the pack. These included Sagan and Degenkolb, interested in the sprint points, but they were both dismayed to find that FDJ swept up max points at the intermediate sprint....

Today’s stage, from Bourg-de-Péage to Gap, is the peloton’s first real assault on the Alps. But whilst it has two category 2 climbs of which to boast, the rolling terrain and lack of an uphill finish on offer today meant that it was destined to be a good day for a breakaway.

Sure enough, the...

Today’s stage was one of those which the organizers call ‘transitional’, meaning it’s characterised by undulating terrain and sits between the high Pyrenees and the Alpine climbs. But often its these transitions that can truly catch out a handful of riders, and with three categorized climbs and...

A miserable climb through torrential rain greeted the riders on the way up to the stage finish at the Plateau de Beille. The climb was an Hors Categorie, at around 16km and an average gradient of 8%. The rain was wet.

Given the sawtooth profile, with a category 2, two category 1 climbs, and...

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After yesterday’s stage, in which Sky dominated and Froome took more time on all his rivals, today looked like a good chance for a breakaway to go the distance. But, given that there was the entire descent of the Tourmalet before the finish, the likes of Nibali and Valverde were also in...