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STRADE BIANCHE 2014 – Don’t Forget The East Europeans!


Lovely sunny spring day in Tuscany (Italy), with 53.1km to go, the leading group of 4 had a lead of 2’30”.  The all Italian breakaway contained…


Marco Frapporti (ITA)          Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela

Davide Frattini (ITA)                      UnitedHealthcare

Angelo Pagani (ITA)                       Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox

Andrea Fedi (ITA)                           Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo



The gap was now coming down quickly on Section 7 of the white gravely roads, the breakaway lost about 1’30” in a few kilometres.  Seeing the writing on the wall, Pagani launched an attack off the front, trying to generate as much of a gap as possible.  But with 49km left to go, his rear wheel slipped on the gravel, and he came down.  Whilst he recovered quickly, the steam had been taken out of his attack.


The terrain was having a similar effect on the Peloton, which had completely disintegrated; it had been reduced down into an elite group.  Pagani’s catch was inevitable (he was finally swallowed up at around the 42km mark) and the survivors of the Peloton formed an elite group of 11 at the front of the race.  This quickly grew to 25, as other riders recovered from Section 7 and dragged themselves back to the front.


This Peloton stuck together for a while until Matteo Trentin (ITA) of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, attacked with around 27km left to go.  A group of 5 riders attempted to chase him down, they were…


Cadel Evans (AUS)                          BMC Racing

Simon Geschke (GER)                     Giant-Shimano

Ian Stannard (GBR)                        Team Sky

Andrey Amador (CRC)                    Movistar

Angel Vicioso (ESP)                        Katusha


They soon caught up with Trentin, and managed to claw up a lead of just 12”.  As a result, they were soon caught.  Almost immediately Peter Sagan (SVK) – Cannondale launched an attack, he was quickly marked by the Polish National Champion Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) of OPQS.


By the 13.6km, the 2 men had a lead of 1’11” and it was growing.  The race appeared to between Sagan and Kwiatkowski.  Behind Alejandro Valverde (ESP) – Movistar had gone on the attack.  He was clearly trying to go for 3rd place, as he had little chance of catching up with the 2 leaders.  Behind him, a chasing group of 3 riders had formed, consisting of, Fabian Cancellara (SWI) of Trek Factory Racing, Roman Kreuziger (CZE) of Tinkoff-Saxo and Damiano Cunego (ITA) of Lampre-Merida.  They soon pulled Valverde back in.


In the last kilometre the road ramped up reaching gradients of 16/18%.  As the climb reached its steepest point Kwiatkowski launched his attack, he was unstoppable; Sagan was left standing looking tired.  Kwiatkowski took the win, he was clearly the strongest man on the day.  Valverde managed to get away again to grab the 3rd place.


We appear to be entering a golden era of Polish cycling, in fact, whilst much has written about the growth of the British cycling and the power of Les Anglo Saxons, very few column inches have been  written about the large number of young, potential cycling stars coming from Central and Eastern Europe (from the former Communist Bloc).  Both Sagan and Kwiatkowski are products of this development (though I except that much has been written about Sagan, little has been written about his position in this wider movement).


Kwiatkowski was born in 1990, and he clearly has the potential to become a good all rounder, he has demonstrated both strong sprinting and climbing abilities (due to his youth he currently lacks the stamina to carry a major stage race, though in 2013 he achieved a 4th place at the Tirreno-Adriatico and an 11th in his debut at the Tour de France in the same year).


He is already racing for his third team; he turned pro with Caja Rural in 2010, switching to RadioShack in 2011.  Then in 2012, he joined Omega Pharma-Quick Step, where he now appears to have settled.  The high points of his career so far include becoming the Polish National Champion in 2013; he was also on the OPQS team that won the TTT discipline at the UCI World Road Championships of that year. 


He has had an extraordinary start to 2014, winning the Volta ao Algarve (his first week long stage race) and the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, not bad for a 23 year old.  So whilst the growth of British cycling has been clearly established, and we are all enjoying the recovery of the Columbians, let us spare a thought for those young East Europeans who are also blazing a trial.




For the 2nd year, the Strade Bianche was run alongside a new race (or at least a rebranded one) the Roma Maxima, 2014 saw this race complete its 2nd edition.  Sunday was slightly more overcast, but once again the conditions were dry.  An early breakaway formed containing 7 riders, with 72.8km left to go, they enjoyed an advantage of 3’14”.  In the breakaway was…


Ben Gastauer (LUX)                                 AG2R-La Mondiale

Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA)                            Lampre-Merida

Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA)                       MTN-Qhubeka

Matthias Brandle (AUT)                                IAM Cycling

Daniel Teklehaimant (ERI)                      MTN-Qhubeka

Thomas Damuseau (FRA)                       Giant-Shimano

Kiel Reijnen (USA)                                    UnitedHealthcare



Movistar was on the front of the Peloton leading the chase.  With 50km left to go the gap was falling quickly, down to just 1’02”.  The hills around Rome were starting to take their toll, and the Peloton was shrinking in size.


With 50.7km left to go, Gastauer saw the writing on the wall and launched an attack off the front of the breakaway.  It was a valiant attempt, but it stood little chance of success.  Movistar seemed determined to take control of this race.  Their riders repeatedly attacked off the front, drawing in the remnants of the old breakaway (including Gastauer).  Eventually it was Alejandro Valverde (ESP) who made a breakaway stick.  On a cobbled climb he was joined by Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) of AG2R-La Mondiale.  With 29.1km left to go they had a precious advantage of just 18”.


Trying to bridge the gap was Matteo Rabottini (ITA) of Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo.  He never succeeded.  Next to have a go was Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (ITA) of Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox.  He also failed to make the bridge.  With 17.6km left to go, the advantage held by the leading pair had increased to 29”.


Rabottini tried again, this time he managed to make the break stick, with 9.1km left to go he managed to create a 39” gap to the remains of the PelotonValverde and Pozzovivo now had a gap of 46”.  Behind the Peloton was regrouping and growing in size.


By the 3km mark, the advantage of the leading pair was collapsing, falling to 27”.  Behind Samuel Sanchez (ESP) of BMC Racing had launched an attack, but this went nowhere.  The breakaway made it to the finish by the skin of their teeth.  Valverde took the victory, but poor old Pozzovivo was swamped falling to 5th.  The old cycling world had claimed another victory.




  1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL)            OPQS                  
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK)                          Cannondale
  3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP)               Movistar




  1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP)               Movistar
  2. Davide Appollonio (ITA)                AG2R-La Mondiale
  3. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)                      Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox





OMLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD/KUURNE-BRUXELLES-KUURNE 2014 – Has Sky Found The “Stannard Formula” They Need To Win The Classics



The opening race in the European season was a wet affair, a familiar sensation for the riders of the Belgium Classics in March.  The opening weekend featured the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne.

 Sky team rider Stannard crosses the finish line to win the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad cycling race ahead of BMC Racing team rider Van Avermaet in Ghent


With 60km to go, the weather was foul (making it very slippery on the cobbles), and the Peloton had split, with 20 riders out front.  By the time the race reached the 51km mark, 4 riders had managed to get away, they were…




Aleksandr Kuchynski (BLR)            Katusha

Maciej Paterski (POL)                     CCC Polsat Polkowice

Christophe Laborie (FRA)               Bretagne-Seche Environnement

Cyril Lemoine (FRA)                        Cofidis Solutions Credits


Niki Terpstra (NED) of Omega Pharma-Quick Step was chasing hard behind, trying to bridge the gap.  The race soon came back together, though it was clear that the Peloton was slowly getting smaller and smaller.



With 39km left to go, a new breakaway formed with 7 riders, try were…


Arnaud Demare (FRA)                             FDJ.fr

Lars Boom (NED)                                      Belkin

Edvald Boassen Hagen (NOR)                Team Sky

Niki Terpstra (NED)                                  OPQS

Yoann Offredo (FRA)                               FDJ.fr

Egoitz Garcia Etxegibel (ESP)                  Cofidis Solutions Credits

Kenneth Van Bilsen (BEL)                        Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise


Offredo was the first to be dropped, crashing on the Molenberg, then Boom and Terpstra attacked with 35km left to go, gaining 26” on the rest of the breakaway, it took just 5km to bring them back.  But Boom and Terpstra were determined to get away; they attacked again, but once again the Peloton that was determined not to let them get away.  With 23.1km left to go, everyone had been caught.

 Sky team rider Stannard of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad cycling race in Ghent

Next to attack were Ian Stannard (GBR) of Team Sky and Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) of BMC Racing.  With 10km left to go they managed to get a lead of just 10”.  Behind Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) of Belkin, Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) – Team Sky and Niki Terpstra (NED) of OPQS, trying to bring the 2 of them back.


But Stannard was unstoppable he powered his way to the finish, taking on Van Avermaet in the sprint and winning.  So has Team Sky finally found the Classic winning formula, and the star who will allow them to do it?


Stannard was born in Chelmsford in 1987.  Once again he is a rider who has emerged from the British Track System.  He made his road debut in 2007 joining the T Mobile Team; he then switched to the ISD Team in 2009. 


In 2010, he joined Team Sky, and immediately started to focus on the Classics Season.  Despite this up until now his reputation appeared rested on his abilities as a domestique.  Working hard for Team GB in the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  He was also the British National Road Champion in 2012.


Sky has been desperately looking for a rider that can take on the tough one-day classics.  Geraint Thomas (GBR) has so far failed to fulfil his potential, seemingly too willing to be drawn back to the Track.  There has been some talk about Bradley Wiggins (GBR) changing direction; he is riding the Paris-Roubaix this year.  Though this seems to be an unlikely fit.  Stannard seems to have the strength and the latent aggression needed to win in these tough one-day races.





A drier day in Belgium for this classic, no snow either (last year’s edition had been cancelled due to extreme weather).  With 88.4km left to go, there were 4 riders out at front, with a lead of 2’06”.  In the breakaway was…


Vladimir Isaichev (RUS)                 Katusha

Silvan Dillier (SWI)                         BMC Racing

Gert Joeaar (EST)                            Cofidis Solutions Credits

M Vingerling                                   Team 3M


As they wound their way around the twists and turns of the Flanders fields, the spectators digested the news that Taylor Phinney (USA) – BMC Racing had crashed out, and had been injured enough to be taken to hospital.


Once again it was Belkin who was setting most of the pace at the front of the Peloton.  With 72.8km left to go, the Peloton was fragmenting on a cobbled climb.  Belkin was on front blowing the race apart. 


Vingerling had been dropped from the leading group, but the time for the leading three was numbered as they were soon swallowed up by a large chasing group.  And a fairly bizarre group it has to be said, containing 5 OPQS riders and 3 Belkin riders!  In the new leading group was…


Tom Boonen (BEL)                          OPQS

Guilliaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)   OPQS

Matteo Trentin (ITA)                           OPQS

Nikolas Maes (BEL)                               OPQS

Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL)                 OPQS

Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)                         Belkin

Maarten Wynants (BEL)                   Belkin

Moreno Hofland (NED)                       Belkin

Johan Vansummeren (BEL)          Garmin-Sharp

Yves Lampaert (BEL)                          Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise


With 57.7km left to go, this group had an advantage of 1’03” over the next sizable group.  Behind Team Sky and Lotto-Belisol (in their new retro red colours) formed an alliance trying to pull back the breakaway.  Katusha eventually joined them as the 3 teams slowly chipped away at the lead.  With 37.7km left to go, the lead was down to 55”.


But this was about all the progress they made, by the 26.8km mark, the leaders had managed to stretch the lead back out to 1’01”.  So it stayed, with 10.5km left to go, their lead was still 1’09”, it was clear that the winner was going to come from this 10 man breakaway.


Wynants was the first to stretch his legs on the front.  Trentin was dropped off the back.  1.9km left to go, Van Summerin was the next to have a go, he was held, a sprint took place and Hoffman fought hard, but nothing could stop Boonen taking the win.






  1. Ian Stannard (GBR)                        Team Sky
  2. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)              BMC Racing
  3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)       Team Sky




  1. Tom Boonen (BEL)                          OPQS
  2. Moreno Hofland (NED)                  Belkin
  3. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)                     Belkin




MEN’S ROAD RACE:  An Unpopular Winner


The favourite for this event was clear from the start.  It was the first day of the Olympic Games and hopes were high for the host nation for their first gold medal.  The man they hoped to deliver it was Mark Cavendish (GBR), the current World Champion.  Team GB’s race strategy was simple: get Cavendish to Buckingham Palace within striking distance and let the Manx Missile demonstrate his finishing speed.  In short, they were repeating the strategy they had used in Copenhagen in 2011. 


But there were three flaws with this plan: the first was everybody else in the Peloton knew it and where determined to not give Cavendish such an opportunity.  The second was that this time the 27-year-old Brit only had four domestiques to pace him to the end, not seven.  The third and final problem was the parcours; questions were being asked whether or not it was too hilly for the sprinter.  In truth, the seven circuits of Box Hill was probably two too many for the sprinter.


What gave Cavendish – and the millions of British fans watching on the course and at home – so much hope, however, was the fact that this team was undoubtedly the best Britain had fielded at an Olympic Road Race, and clearly demonstrated the strides the UK has made in road racing.


The British team consisted of 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and Tour runner-up Chris Froome (who were also preparing for the TT on Wednesday).  They were joined by the experienced David Millar and National Champion Ian Stannard.


A pattern was set from start of the race when, after the riders had avoided an errant dog, a dangerous group of 12 men from as many countries jumped clear to form the first breakaway.


This group included… 


Stuart O’Grady (AUS)

Janez Brajkovic (SLO)

Lieuwe Westra (NED)

Jurgen Roelandts (BEL)

Marco Pinotti (ITA)

Fumiyuki Beppu (JAP)

Denis Menchov (RUS)

Tim Duggan (USA)

Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)

Michael Schar (SWI)

Alexander Kristoff (NOR)

Sungbaek Park (RKR)


With half the 250km distance completed, Team GB seemed comfortable at the front of the chasing group.  Then the serious attacks began, on Box Hill, Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) broke away, Robert Gesink (NED), Martin Elmiger (SWI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL) and Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) soon joined with him.


This attack was caught on the descent, but then on the 5th ascent of the climb Nibali and Gilbert attacked again.  This time they were joined by Lars Boom (NED), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Gregory Rast (SWI), Andriy Grivko (UKR), Niki Terpstra (NED), Luca Paolini (ITA), Jack Bauer (NZL) and Taylor Phinney (USA).  This new group eventually caught and merged with the original leading group.


The threat to Cavendish did not seem obvious, because the time gaps looked manageable, but the danger grew as his teammates appeared to burn themselves out chasing it down.  They hoped that Andre Greipal’s German team would help them out; they had no intention of helping Cavendish.  To make matters worse new, fresh riders managed to bridge the gap and infiltrate the leading group.  This included Rigoberto Uran (COL), Fabian Cancellara (SWI), Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Alejandro Valverde (ESP) and Alexandr Vinokourov (KAZ).

With the final lap of Box Hill completed, the lead group was now thirty strong; it was Gilbert who was the first to attempt to spring clear, panic set in amongst the leading group.  But Gilbert had gone too early. 


Then Cancellara, the silver medallist in this event from Beijing, made a mistake on a corner coming out of Richmond Park, he crashed into the barrier and his race was done.  The remaining leaders now started to eye each other and it was Vinokourovwho completed a two-year drugs ban in 2009, and Uran who grabbed the initiative with a smart burst through Putney.


In the last few hundred metres, Uran completely misjudged the sprint.  Vinokourov made no such mistakes.  It ended up being a comfortable win for the controversial Kazakh.  On the top of Box Hill the feelings of the crowd were clear, a disappointed silence, cut only by a few murmurs of disquiet.  This reaction was not caused by disappointment over the British performance.  Its roots lied in disappoint that someone with Vino’s past had taken the Gold Medal.  By the time the race reached The Mall, most had been hoping for a Columbian victory…


WOMEN’S ROAD RACE:  A Popular Winner


The first hour of the race had been a relatively sedate ride out through south west London towards the Surrey hills.  But the next two hours saw attack after attack, as riders from all the leading nations tried to break the race apart.  The Dutch were particularly active.  Were they setting up for an attack by Marianne Vos (NED).


Things seemed to be calming down for the long, fast drag back to London, when the big attack started.  The break consisted of the unfancied Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS) broke clear.  She was quickly followed by Lizzie Armitstead (GBR), Shelley Olds (USA) and Vos herself.  The 4 riders started to work together in TTT mode, the four riders pulled out a lead, 12 seconds, and then 18, before stabilising at 25 as the peloton struggled to organise a chase.


The weather had been changeable all day, but as the riders approach Richmond Park, the heavens opened.  Disaster struck for Olds, the American suffered a puncture and never managed to get back on terms with the rest of the breakaway.  At one point, it seemed as if Zabelinskaya was hanging on by a thread as well, but as the miles clicked down back, she dug deep to do her bit for the Anglo-Dutch-Russian joint venture.


Despite this it was clear that the final sprint would be between Armitstead and Vos.  Armitstead had a great turn of pace, but she was no match for the peerless Vos.




Day 5, and it was time for the ITT’s, American Kristin Armstrong set about defending her Olympic Time Trial crown with a storming ride.  Germany’s reigning World Champion Judith Arndt claimed Silver, while Russian Olga Zabelinskaya added another Bronze to her Bronze in the Road Race.


Armstrong dominated, recording the quickest time through the two intermediate splits on her way to a time of 37’35” over the 29km course, 15” faster than Arndt.

Just 10 days shy of her 39th birthday, her performance is all the more impressive given she retired in 2009 to have a son, and returned to competition only last year.  As recently as May her chances of becoming only the second woman to defend an Olympic Time Trial title looked in doubt, as she broke her collarbone in a racing accident.


MEN’S ROAD INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL:  Final Triumph After An Extraordinary Year


Then it was the turn of Bradley Wiggins (GBR), the 2012 Tour de France winner stopped the clock at 50’39” on the 44km course.  This was a convincing 42” quicker than Germany’s World Champion Tony Martin (GER), and 68 seconds faster than his British team-mate and rival Chris Froome (GBR).


Bradley Wiggins’ had now won 7 Olympic Medals (4 Golds, a Silver and 2 Bronzes) give him one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.  Wiggins declared that nothing in his sporting career

‘will ever top this now…  That’s it. It will never, never get better than that.’


Wiggins had been marginally down on his German rival at the first time check at 9km, he did not panic.  His body position, all important in this discipline, remained perfectly aerodynamic as he turned his pedals with unmatched efficiency and power.


By 18km, he was 11” up; at 29km, his lead was 23”. There was no catching him then, as he was roared home by a massive crowd.  What was in doubt, though, was if the Kenyan-born Froome could claim a one-two finish to match the pair’s Tour de France exploits.  But the impressive Martin, who has suffered two serious injuries this season, gritted his teeth to split the Team GB stars.


Taylor Phinney (USA) picked up a second fourth-place finish in London 2012’s road cycling events, an agonising return for the talented American, while defending champion Fabian Cancellara (SWI) could only manage seventh.  He was clearly nursing an injury from Saturday’s crash.   A special mention has to go to Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP).  The unfortunate Spaniard, an outside medal hope, saw his chain snap as he accelerated away from the starting ramp, before puncturing a tyre out on the course.








GOLD:        Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)

SILVER:      Rigoberto Uran (COL)

BRONZE:    Alexander Kristoff (NOR)




GOLD:        Marianne Vos (NED)

SILVER:      Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)

BRONZE:    Olga Zabelinskava (RUS)




GOLD:        Bradley Wiggins (GBR)

SILVER:      Tony Martin (GER)

BRONZE:    Chris Froome (GBR)




GOLD:        Kristin Armstrong (USA)

SILVER:      Judith Arndt (GER)

BRONZE:    Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS)






GOLD:        Jason Kenny (GBR)

SILVER:      Gregory Bauge (FRA)

BRONZE:    Shane Perkins (AUS)




GOLD:        Anna Meares (AUS)

SILVER:      Victoria Pendleton (GBR)

BRONZE:    Guo Shuang (CHN)




GOLD:        Philip Hindes (GBR), Chris Hoy (GBR), Jason Kenny (GBR)

SILVER:      Gregory Bauge (FRA), Michael D’Almeida (FRA), Kevin  Sireau (FRA)

BRONZE:    Rene Enders (GER), Maximilian Levy (GER), Robert Forstemann (GER)




GOLD:        Kristina Vogel (GER) and Miriam Welte (GER)

SILVER:      Gong Jinije (CHN) and Guo Shuang (CHN)

BRONZE:    Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) and Anna Meares (AUS)




GOLD:        Chris Hoy (GBR)

SILVER:      Maximilian Levy (GER)

BRONZE:    Simon Van Velthooven (NZL)

BRONZE:    Teun Mulder (NED)




GOLD:        Victoria Pendleton (GBR)

SILVER:      Guo Shuang (CHN)

BRONZE:    Lee Wai Sze (HKG)




GOLD:        Ed Clancy (GBR), Geraint Thomas (GBR), Steven Burke (GBR) & Peter Kennaugh (GBR)

SILVER:      Jack Bobridge (AUS), Glenn O’Shea (AUS), Rohan Dennis (AUS) & Michael Hepburn (AUS)

BRONZE:    Sam Bewley (NZL), Aaron Gate (NZL), Marc Ryan (NZL), Jesse Sergent (NZL) & Westley Gough (NZL)




GOLD:        Danielle King (GBR), Laura Trott (GBR) & Joanna Rowsell (GBR)

SILVER:      Sarah Hammer (USA), Dotsie Bausch (USA) & Jennie Reed (USA)

BRONZE:    Tara Whitten (CAN), Gillian Carleton (CAN) & Jasmin Glaesser (CAN)




GOLD:        Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN)

SILVER:      Bryan Coquard (FRA)

BRONZE:    Ed Clancy (GBR)




GOLD:        Laura Trott (GBR)

SILVER:      Sarah Hammer (USA)

BRONZE:    Annette Edmondson (AUS)




GOLD:        Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE)

SILVER:      Nio Schurter (SWI)

BRONZE:    Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA)




GOLD:        Julie Bresset (FRA)

SILVER:      Sabine Spitz (GER)

BRONZE:    Georgia Gould (USA)




GOLD:        Maris Strombergs (LAT)

SILVER:      Sam Willoughby (AUS)

BRONZE:    Carlos Oquendo (COL)




GOLD:        Mariana Pajon (COL)

SILVER:      Sarah Walker (NZL)

BRONZE:    Laura Smulders (NED)












TOUR OF BRITAIN 2013 – Parcours

Here goes, its my national race.  Alright its no Paris-Roubaix but at least we now have one…

STAGE 1:  Peebles > Drumlanrig (210km)

STAGE 2:  Carlisle > Kendal (186km)

STAGE 3:  Knowsley > Knowsley (16km)              ITT

STAGE 4:  Stoke-on-Trent > Llanberis (188km)

STAGE 5:  Machynlleth > Caerphilly (177km)

STAGE 6:  Sidmouth > Haytor (137km)                MT

STAGE 7:  Epsom > Guildford (155km)

STAGE 8:  London > London (88km)                    CRITERIUM


VUELTA A ESPANA 2013 – Parcours

STAGE 1:  Vilanova de Arousa > Sanxenxo (TTT) (27km) Flat

STAGE 2:  Pontevadra > Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba (MT) (177km) Mountain

STAGE 3:  Vigo > Mirador de Lobeira/Valagarcia de Arousa (173km) Hilly

STAGE 4:  Lalin/a Estrada > Finisterra (MT) (187km) Mountain

STAGE 5:  Sober > Lago de Sanabria (MT) (168km) Mountain

STAGE 6:  Guijuelo > Caceres (177km) Flat

STAGE 7:  Almendralejo > Mairena de Aljarafe (196km) Flat

STAGE 8:  Jerez de la Frontera > Estepona. Alto de Penas (MT) (170km) Mountain

STAGE 9:  Antequera > Valdepenas de Jaen (MT) (174km) Mountain




STAGE 10:  Torredelcampo > Guejar Sierra. Alto de Hazallanas (MT) (176km) Mountain

STAGE 11:  Tarazona > Trarazona (TT) (38km) Hilly

STAGE 12:  Maella > Tarragona (157km) Hilly

STAGE 13:  Valls > Castelldefels (165km) Hilly

STAGE 14:  Baga > Andorra. Collada de la Gallina (MT) (164km) Mountain

STAGE 15:  Andorra > Peyragudes (MT) (233km) Mountain

STAGE 16:  Graus > Sallent de Gallego. Aramon Formigal (MT) (148km) Mountain




STAGE 17:  Calahorra > Burgos (185km) Hilly

STAGE 18:  Burgos > Pena Cabarga (MT) (186km) Mountain

STAGE 19:  San Vicente de la Barquera > Oviedo. Alto del Naranco (MT) (178km) Mountain

STAGE 20:  Aviles > Alto de L’Angliru (MT) (144km) Mountain

STAGE 21:  Leganes/Parquesur > Madrid (99km) Flat


Total Distance: 3322km

vuelta 2013

TOUR DE FRANCE 2013 – Parcours


thatbikeracingblog-france2013 map



STAGE 1:   Porto-Vecchio > Bastia (flat) 213km

STAGE 2:  Bastia > Ajaccio (hilly) 156km

STAGE 3:  Ajaccio > Calvi (hilly) 146km

STAGE 4:  Nice > Nice (flat) TTT 25km

STAGE 5:  Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille (flat) 229km

STAGE 6:  Aix-en-Provence > Montpellier (flat) 177km

STAGE 7:  Montpellier > Albi (hilly) 206km

STAGE 8:  Castres > Ax-3 Domaines (MT) 195km

STAGE 9:  Saint-Girons > Bagneres-de-Bigorre (mountain) 169km


STAGE 10:  Saint-Gildes-des-Bois > Saint Malo (flat) 197km

STAGE 11:  Avranches > Mont Saint-Michel (flat) TT 33km

STAGE 12:  Fougeres > Tours (flat) 218km

STAGE 13:  Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond (flat) 173km

STAGE 14:  Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule > Lyon (hilly) 191km

STAGE 15:  Givors > Mont-Ventoux (MT) 243km


STAGE 16:  Vaison-la-Romaine > Gap (hilly) 168km

STAGE 17:  Embrun > Chorges (hilly) TT 32km

STAGE 18:  Gap > Alpe d’Huez (MT) 173km

STAGE 19:  Bourg d’Oisans > Le Grand Bornand (mountain) 205km

STAGE 20:  Annecy > Annecy Semnoz (MT) 125km

STAGE 21:  Versailles > Paris (flat) 134km