Tour de France 2017 – Stage 17

Not that we’re saying its a quiet sports week but… It is either a stage in the Tour de France, womens cricket or disabled athletics (great viewing but seems really wrong to punt on.) No choice really. Another mountain stage without a summit finish, with the line coming nearly 30km after the Col du Galbier is crossed. Thus those who go down well must be factored in here, although of course it is still a massive advantage to be a big climber. Not least because of the long climb up to the high Col de la Croix de Fer, before the ghastly double-climb of the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, which twill see riders hit the highest altitude... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Tour de France 2017

Froome to Sweep Up (Again) You wait a lifetime for British success in the Tour de France, and then it becomes so inevitable, we all get bored of it. “Enough, enough. Get off your bike and win something truly historic for Britain. Like the Super Bowl Chris Froome has now won three of the last four Tours, and goes into Saturday’s race as the hot favourite. Yet Froome has been without a win since last September and if he does go on to Tour glory, it will be the first of his victories not preceded by a win at the Criterium de Dauphine, a race where Richie Porte even took 47 seconds out of him in the short time-trial. In... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
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Olympics 2016 4 to Watch Part 2

Zika, Terrorism, Drugs and Dodgy Infrastructure Heptathlon – Athletics Well if it isn’t two British girls competing for the best all-round female athlete in the world gold medal (an event we have a decent record historically in, despite most British females sitting around all day eating crisps.) The defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has taken time off to have her son Reggie, but her magnificent World Championship gold last summer, has shown that she has quickly shed any excess poundage. fjallraven kanken If anything, winning a gold in front of her kid, may be an even greater motivation. Soldes Under Armour There is talk of an achilles injury however, and that is why we like Katrina Johnson-Thompson at 2.9 with Betfair.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016
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Tour de France 2015

The Sky Falls In Having done all their dough buying Premier League football, it was recently announced that we are reaching the final stage, the Champs Elyse if you like, of Sky’s relationship with cycling. Yet before Rupert Murdoch hangs up his lycra, he would surely love to witness Chris Froome take his 2nd and Sky’s 3rd TdF, to secure their legacy in the sport forever. Froome’s recent performance in the Critérium du Dauphiné, the most important pre-Tour warm-up race, was impressive. He owned the big climbs, with Tejay van Garderen the only real Tour contender able to get anywhere near him. How Froome will handle the cobbles on Stage Four is the great unknown however, with Froome having abandoned... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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Tour de France 2014

Cycling’s Coming Home Who needs football hey? What World Cup? True connoisseurs of sport know that the big one is yet to begin. Messi, Robben and co? Nancy boys I tell you. And not only do we English have the favourite Chris Froome, but the famous old race is starting in Yorkshire. We win it. We host it. Take that FIFA. Take that Blatter. But who wins? Well as any cycling maven will tell you, the first place to start when examining the form is the Critérium du Dauphiné where the battle between Froome and TdF second favourite Alberto Contador, has been epic. Questions about both men ahead of the Tour remain to be answered however. Is Froome fully fit?... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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Tour de France 2013

Remember the end of June 2012? A time when the London Olympics was associated with failed ticketing success, anger over private car lanes and when Greg Rutherford could walk down the street without being mobbed. Well, anyway… it was also a time when Bradley Wiggins was yet to embark on the first leg of an extraordinary double that would see him win the really big one – the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The 2012 Tour de France (and a bit of Belgium and Switzerland for the pedants) started in Liege on June 30th and ended on the 22nd July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris with success for the Leighton Baines lookalike. In fact, the British success extended beyond... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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The 2012 Tour De France (with a bit of Belgium and Switzerland thrown in)

The 2012 Tour de France spans across three countries this year, but even in the midst of near 200 riders going over 101.1km of road, it is the absence of Alberto Contador, who serves his doping suspension and Andy Schlek who is injured that noticeably makes this a race without two of the biggest names. It’s like Match of The Day without Lawrensen and Shearer… maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all. Bradley Wiggins leads the betting and in many ways we can’t make a good case against him, even at odds of just 2.68 on Betfair. This year, with the help of the very strong Sky-Team he has been in terrific form, winning Paris-Nice, the Tour de... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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Tour De France (and a cheeky bit of Italy too)

By the time the Tour De France has been completed, 2,132 miles of road will have been covered over 21 gruelling days of racing. To get through the world’s most physiologically demanding event, the 198 riders will each consume 10,000 calories a day,  the equivalent of 17 Big Macs. New York Times journalist, Daniel Coyle suggests the Tour De France is, “the equivalent of running a marathon almost every day for three weeks.” The outright winner market is dominated by two riders – favourite Alberto Contador (1.9 on Betfair), the winner of three of the last four Tours and Andy Schlek, (2/1 with Ladbrokes) runner-up for the last two years and winner of the young rider classification for the last... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
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Tour de France 2010

For the third time in four years, twenty seven year old Spaniard Alberto Contador has taken the yellow jersey in cycling’s most prestigious match-up, the 3 week 3500km Tour de France. Second and third place went to Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck (+00:00:39) and Russia’s Denis Menchov, (+00:02:01) respectively; the green jersey for best sprinter was awarded to Alessandro Petacchi of Italy, the polka dot jersey for best climber was awarded to Anthony Charteau of France, the white jersey for best young rider was awarded to Andy Schleck (for the third time now). Highlights of this year’s Tour include the uncharacteristically plentiful number of crashes (for what it’s worth, riders had to endure about 13km of cobblestone – the longest distance since... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010
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