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Race Preview: The Tour de France 2019 parcours has been designed for the climbers with only 27 kilometers of individual riding against the clock. The sprinters do get a look-in with half a dozen opportunities, but with five summit finishes the anti-gravity boys have the advantage. Here is the PEZ stage-by-stage break-down of the 2019
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French cycling fans were looking for references in summer 1987. Bernard Hinault had just hung up his bicycle and Laurent Fignon was out of shape, while those who had fallen in love with Greg LeMond, an American with a lot of French character, in 1986 were left disappointed after a serious hunting accident forced him
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TOOLBOX: With the 106th le Tour de France starting on July 6, much of the focus will be on climbers and general classification riders, but with half a dozen flat stages, the Tour is an excellent opportunity for the sprinters to shine too. This unique discipline requires a certain type of rider – with only a
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Cycling fans were still pondering several questions as the 1986 Tour got under way: how would La Vie Claire deal with the tension between Bernard Hinault, who was entering the race for the last time, and Greg LeMond, the rising star he had pledged to support? Would Lucho Herrera or Fabio Parra manage to take
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Tour Rider Feature: Ed Hood looks back at the career of Scotland’s first Tour de France rider – Ian Steel. 1955 was the year, and Steel was part of the first Great Britain team in Tour history that lined up on July the 7th in Le Havre on the Normandy coast. That Tour wasn’t his
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Name: Jim TaylorLocation: Colorado Springs, ColoradoAge: 61Bike: 2015 FELT AR FRDGroupset: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Wheels: Reynolds “Attack” / Michelin PRO4 Service Course tiresPedals: Speedplay Zero Stainless Saddle: Fizik Arione VSX K:IUM Other: Ritchey WCS Carbon EvoCurve bar, Ritchey WCS Carson Matrix 4AXIS stem Weight: 15.1 pounds (6.85 kg) When did you buy it? November
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Retro Talk: With the 2019 Tour de France about to launch itself down the start ramp in Brussels, Ed Hood looks back at the French Grand Tour of 2007 and his chat with a young Welshman in his first three week race – Geraint Thomas. Whatever became of that young lad from the valleys? On
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Light-years behind the records of Eddy Merckx and nowhere as famous as the three other five-time winners of the Tour de France, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, a total of 67 riders have worn the yellow jersey for just one day (or even less) in their careers and exemplified the pursuit of excellence
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Rider Interview: Peter Kusztor – Multi-National champion, Worlds and Olympic rider and diabetic, but always an optimist. Peter only found out about his diabetes in August last year, but the Hungarian fast-man has taken it in his stride, and with a bit of help, is keen to show his talents with Team Novo Nordisk. Here
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Back in 1968, Raymond Poulidor was still in the first half of his Tour de France career, but with a few weeks to go before the start of a race he was touted to win, the book Poulidor, or Glory Without The Yellow Jersey could already be found in every bookshop. Even though this edition
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Rider Feature: From Robert Millar, Ed Hood has gone further back in cycling history to tell us all about another pioneering Scot. John Kennedy rode the 1960 Tour de France alongside Tom Simpson and all the stars of the day. His cycling led him to live in Belgium and marry a local beauty, Ed has
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The 1962 Tour ushered in a small revolution as trade teams returned to the race and national teams exited the stage. The favourites were galvanised under the leadership of their directeurs sportifs, who now managed their campaigns (and paid their wages) year-round. For example, defending champion Jacques Anquetil spearheaded the fearsome ACBB–Saint-Raphäel outfit, while Raymond
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Toolbox: Unfortunately, the timing to talk about cycling injuries is quite good, with major injuries to Chris Froome and even our own Toolbox Editor Dr. Stephen Cheung. What’s the role of proper nutrition during the recovery and rehabilitation process? How should your diet be modified during this time? Over the past few weeks, we have
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FRAMEThe frames are hand made in Italy, fabricated from individually measured and cut T-800 Toray carbon tubes, which are bonded together.  The process isn’t new, but has been refined over the years and has become the standard in custom made carbon frames, adopted by bespoke builders everywhere. Individual carbon sections are molded – head tube
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“Giant of Provence” stands alone and apart from the Alps to which it belongs geologically. Topping out at 1,909 m (6,263 feet) above sea level, it has acquired considerable fame through its association with the Tour de France, which has ascended it 15 times since 1951. It is a magnet for amateur cyclists, including a
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Being a domestique is a professional commitment. Some would even liken it to a sacred office. While it can be a logical career path for riders who are acutely aware of their limits, it takes a clear picture of the generosity of this arduous task and a strong sense of loyalty to become a trusted
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Name: Adam NaguibLocation: Redwood City, CA USA – riding for Kensington Cycling Club Age: 35Bike: Specialized Allez E5 Smartweld (2013)Groupset: SRAM (Mostly Rival, some Red and Apex)Wheels: Easton EA70 SLPedals: Garmin Vector 2Saddle: Specialized ToupéWeight: 18.1 lb (8.2kg) When did you buy it?March 2013 What made you choose this bike? I had been riding a
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