2012 Tour de France Contenders

by Justin Davis LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 - Penpix of the main contenders for the Tour de France yellow jersey, to be held June 30-July 22: Bradley Wiggins (Sky/GBR) Once known as a mediocre road racer whose talents lay primarily in track cycling's pursuit events, Wiggins has, thanks to key career choices and sheer hard work, morphed into a formidable stage racer whose … [Read more...]

The 2012 Tour de France Jerseys

LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 - A look at the Tour de France jerseys, and how they will be won on the June 30-July 22 race: Yellow jersey For most, the race's fabled yellow jersey stands above all else, rewarding the rider who completes the race in the lowest overall time. Contenders must possess a combination of skills in climbing and time trialling, but also be strong enough to … [Read more...]

Climbing Stages Of The Tour de France In Detail

LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 (AFP) - A detailed look at the climbing stages on the 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the three-week epic to be held June 30-July 22 (altitude in brackets): Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles (199 km) La Planche des Belles Filles: 5.9 km at 8.5 percent average (1035 metres) Stage 8: Belfort to Porrentruy (154 km) Cote … [Read more...]

2012 Tour de France Stages In Detail

LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 (AFP) - A detailed look at the prologue and 20 stages of the 99th edition of the Tour de France, to be held June 30-July 22. Included is commentary from Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, former five-time winner Bernard Hinault and several professional riders set to compete in this year's race. Prologue - June 30: Liege - Liege 6.4 km … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2012 Stages

LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 - Prologue and stages for the 99th edition of the Tour de France, to be held over a distance of 3,479 km on June 30-July 22. The route features nine flat stages, four medium-mountain stages, five high mountain stages, including two finishing at altitude, two individual time-trials and a prologue. There will also be two rest days. The race will comprise … [Read more...]

Five Key Stages in the 2012 Giro d’Italia

by Barnaby Chesterman ROME, May 4, 2012 (AFP) - A look at five key stages during this year's Tour of Italy, which begins iun Herning, Denmark on Saturday: Stage 8: May 13, Sulmona-Lago Lacena 229 km The second longest stage of the race is also the first real opportunity to shake up the field. Although not the high mountains this is a long day of rolling hills, capped by the … [Read more...]

2012 Giro d’Italia Stages

ROME, May 4, 2012 - A list of the 21 stages of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, starting in Herning, Denmark Saturday and finishing May 27 in Milan: Stage 1 - May 5: Herning (Denmark) - Herning (8.7 km, time trial) Stage 2 - May 6: Herning - Herning (206 km) Stage 3 - May 7: Horsens (Denmark) - Horsens (190 km) Rest Day - May 8 Stage 4 - May 9: Verona - Verona (33.2 km team time trial) … [Read more...]

2012 Le Mans 24 Hours Cycling

The 4th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours Cycling will be held next 25th and 26th August 2012 on the French Le Mans circuit. This event is opened to everyone by teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 riders, but also to ultra cyclists as soloists. Romain Gasnal, as the manager of this event, tells us ‚ÄúRegistrations have almost doubled since last spring and we are pleased to see the event reputation going beyond … [Read more...]

Rodriquez Gets A Win At Fleche Wallonne 2012

Huy, Belgium, April 18, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez, riding for the Katusha team, won the Fleche Wallonne 2012 one-day cycling classic here on Wednesday. Rodriguez, a noted climber, pulled clear on the grueling final ascent of the 194km race to cross the finish on the mur de Huy summit ahead of Swiss rival Michael Albasini. Belgian champion and last year's winner Philippe … [Read more...]

Take-aways from Paris/Roubaix 2012

Flecha Taking Up The So Called Boonen Chase

Boonen has ridiculous form, he's seemingly getting stronger by the week. Its magical to watch when a guy with natural abilities is also motivated to reach peak performance. Add to that an awesome team and the absence of bad luck (no such thing as good luck on cobbles!) and it's a perfect storm of success. I doubt he himself will be able to top the success of this 4 month stretch. How would a … [Read more...]