Tadej the Giro, tomorrow the Tour | a recap of Stages 16-21 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia
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by Alex
3w ago
Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 Stages 16-21 And surprises came there none – not unless you count Tadej Pogacar working his way up to the biggest winning margin in a Grand Tour this century as a surprise (which I’m sensing by this point you probably don’t). Start-stop Tuesday’s Stage 16 was positively awash with tension, excitement and intrigue, with more plot twists than the last half-hour of Wild Things. Where exactly would the stage that Tadej Pogacar was going to win actually start and end? First they lopped the biggest climb – the Stelvio – off because they were worried about avalanches. Then t ..read more
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Tadej is hard, tomorrow will be worse | a recap of Stages 10-15 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia
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by Alex
1M ago
Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 Well this is all getting a bit processional, isn’t it? Albeit a very rapid, phenomenally exhausting procession. The working week Tadej Pogacar hopped back onto his bike on Tuesday with a 2m40s advantage over second placed Daniel Martinez. When he knocked off on Friday afternoon, the gap was still 2m40s, so I’m not going to bother writing anything else about stages 10 to 13. The time trial The race’s second time trial, on Saturday, stands out as being a day when someone beat Tadej Pogacar. Sure, the sprinters have won stages and there’s been the odd day for the breakaw ..read more
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Tadej, tomorrow and for the rest of the race? | a recap of Stages 1-9 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia
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by Alex
1M ago
No plot twists so far. And going by the form of Tadej Pogacar, we may very well never get one. The opening weekend This year’s Giro kicked off with a hilly stage and followed that up with the first summit finish. This meant that by the time we hit the working week, Tadej Pogacar already had a 45s advantage over second-placed Geraint Thomas, while familiar names and wannabe contenders such as Romain Bardet, Thymen Arensman and Nairo Quintana were two, four and six minutes back respectively. So it goes. Pogacar was third out of the three-man front group he’d created on Stage 1. He put that right ..read more
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Sepp Kuss survives three Grand Tours and his own team-mates | a recap of Stages 16-21 of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana
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by Alex
10M ago
Preview Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 Stages 16-21 A strong, loyal and selfless servant on the crucial days when stage races are won and lost, Sepp Kuss is pretty much exactly what you’d mould if you had the power to shape the perfect team-mate. It was therefore something of a surprise when the two men he helped to victories in this year’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France went out of their way to try and deny him a Vuelta a Espana title. Sepp Kuss is surely a man you want to keep onside. This, for pretty much everyone, will always be the most memorable moment of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana: Wherea ..read more
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Can anyone place a foot on Jumbo-Visma’s podium? | a recap of Stages 10-15 of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana
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by Alex
10M ago
Preview Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 Remco Evenepoel bested all his overall rivals in the Stage 10 time trial and then won Stage 14 in the Pyrenees. If it weren’t for the small matter of shipping 27 minutes on Stage 13 in between those two triumphs, it would have been a pretty good week for last year’s Vuelta a Espana winner. That grim stage for Remco featured the greatest density of climbing of any Grand Tour day this year – 4,000m in just 135km. There have been longer mountain stages and there have been stages with more height gain, but none where so much ascending has been packed into so sho ..read more
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Three talking points after Stages 1-9 of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana
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by Alex
10M ago
Preview Stages 1-9 I’m already a day late with this, so the time trial will have happened by the time you’re reading it. Let’s ignore that for the time being and instead make some sort of effort to sum up the first nine days of racing in this year’s Vuelta a Espana. I’d normally do a fuller recap, but the race has been a bit rambling and confusing, so it seems to make more sense to pick out a few events and themes that hopefully explain where we are better than a blow-by-blow account would. This was the top 10 on the first rest day. Let’s work our way back from that. And these are the thi ..read more
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Who are the favourites for the 2023 Vuelta a Espana?
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by Alex
10M ago
Until the racing or an abandonment or two tell us otherwise, we can keep this very simple. The main contenders for the 2023 Vuelta a Espana are the guy who won it last year; the guy who won the three before that; and the guy who’s won the last two Tours de France. I will throw a few other names into the mix lower down though because there’s a pretty strong field. Remco Evenepoel – the guy who it last time Foto Fabio Ferrari / LaPresse If you only normally follow the Tour de France, you’ll have no real clue who Remco Evenepoel is because he’s never raced it. The plan was to win the Vuelta last ..read more
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Jonas Vingegaard does not deal in seconds | a recap of Stages 16-21 of the 2023 Tour de France
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by Alex
1y ago
Preview Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 Stages 16-21 Jonas Vingegaard’s average daily time gain over Tadej Pogacar over the first two weeks of this year’s Tour de France was less than half a second. He improved on this rather dramatically over the next two days. While the Dane was frequently second by seconds, by the end of three weeks he was first by minutes. As I said last week, the shape of this race was Pogacar reliably gaining seconds with his faster finish, while Vingegaard waited for opportunities to attack earlier in the day with a view to perhaps gaining minutes. It was death by a thousand ..read more
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Seven seconds away | a recap of Stages 10-15 of the 2023 Tour de France
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by Alex
1y ago
Preview Stages 1-9 Stages 10-15 I can actually cover this middle week in a paragraph for all the significant developments there’ve been: Jonas Vingegaard’s lead over Tadej Pogacar has slipped from a barely meaningful 17 seconds to a neither-here-nor-there 10 seconds. Everyone else is now even further behind than they previously were. I say that Vingegaard’s advantage is neither here nor there because it feels like, at some point, either he or Pogacar will go all Mortal Kombat and wheel out a decisive finishing move. But who knows? Maybe this is the race: two superhumans battling each other ..read more
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Two heads are better than none | a recap of Stages 1-9 of the 2023 Tour de France
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by Alex
1y ago
Preview Stages 1-9 This year’s Tour de France was seen as a straight head-to-head between Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard and almost immediately appeared to become that. That’s probably better than only having one of them left in the race – or neither. We have a decent idea how good different riders can be going into the Tour de France, but even with the best training bodies aren’t machines and so fitness varies unpredictably. The traditional nature of Grand Tours means that any weaknesses among the overall contenders can often stay hidden surprisingly deep into the race. Not so with the ..read more
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