Category: Pro Cycling

Pro cycling is where my interest started, watching the 1996 Tour de France. Since then I’ve watched a lot of it, have my favourite riders and teams and can have a reasonable go at predicting results. I try and write as many race previews as I can to help with fantasy teams and generally if I write a review, I’ve watched a lot of the race itself too.

You can read all my posts on pro cycling below – always let me know if you think my predictions are wildly off!

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Flashback to the time Michael Rogers won the 2002 Tour Down Under on a spectator’s bike

The year is 2002, the new cycling season has kicked off in Australia and the first stage race is underway. The Tour Down Under was still a relatively new race in its current form, only on its 4th running in 2002. Consequently the field was made of up mainly Australians and a few European teams we still recognise today like Mapei-Quickstep, AG2R-Prevoyance and Francaise de...

2019 Pro Cycling Jerseys

Teams are starting to release their new jerseys and we find out how we will have to re-adjust our eyes to inspecting the pro peloton in full flow in 2019. Some teams traditionally keep basically the same jersey year on year (Quickstep…) but some teams have seen a radical re-design and shift in colours – so far Team Sunweb fit that bill with their 2019 jersey.

Rohan Dennis TT

World Championships Men’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The men’s time trial has the serious issue of the Gnadenwald climb, 2.6km at an average gradient of 10.5%. This may take this year’s time trial away from the out and out time trial specialists and more into the hands of those GC contenders that can time trial well. Other than the initial climb and Gnadenwald, the parcours is relatively flat – a final small...

Anna Van der Breggen TT

World Championships Women’s Time Trial 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The 2018 women’s world championship time trial takes place on a hilly 28.5km course starting in Hall-Wattens before finishing in the host city of Innsbruck. A number of short climbs will really test the legs – the last little ‘nick’ in the profile map below could be the deciding point as a test for how well riders have paced the race up to that point. Women’s...

Madrid Challenge la Vuelta 2018 Logo

Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Spanish equivalent of La Course (the women’s ‘tour’ de France) harks back to the pre-mountain stage days of that race. Taking place on the same day as the finale of the men’s Vuelta, the women’s race takes place on the same finishing circuit in Madrid, but with more laps and no ride from outside of town to get there. The Madrid Challenge will effectively...