Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 10 Preview

Stage 10 Profile

Stage 10 (ITT): Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela › Borja – 36.7 km Winner Anacona led the peloton into the Vuelta’s first rest day with a win from the breakaway on Stage 9. Now it’s on to the critical Stage 10, a 36.7 km individual time trial. The parcours should open up some significant time gaps among the top GC contenders. The course starts Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 9 Preview

Stage 9 Profile

Stage 9: Carboneras de Guadazaón › Aramón Valdelinares – 185 km After Nacer Bouhanni’s bunch sprint victory in Stage 8, the Vuelta heads North and the road gets mountainous. Stage 9 opens with a short downhill and then a long stretch on a slight incline. Roughly 50 kilometers into the day the incline abates for a fast downhill, and then the peloton will take on another long false Read More →

GP Ouest-France 2014 Preview

Plouay

Also commonly known by its older name, the Grand Prix de Plouay (Plouay being the Breton town in which it starts and finishes), the GP Ouest-France is a long and hilly circuit race. 229.1 kilometers from start to finish, the 2014 edition involves eight laps around a 26.9 kilometer circuit, followed by a single, final lap of a reduced section (13.9 km) of the larger circuit to Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 8 Preview

Stage 8 Profile

Stage 8: Baeza › Albacete – 207 km After a bumpy Stage 7 won by Alessandro Di Marchi, and with Sunday’s mountain stage looming, the peloton will get to enjoy a day of flat roads on Stage 8. There isn’t a single categorized climb on the road from Baeza to Albacete, and the final 60 kilometers are more or less downhill, though there is a Read More →

Ben Swift Optimistic about Form, Targeting GP Ouest-France, Tour of Britain, and World Championships

Ben Swift

After ending his 2013 campaign early to undergo surgery to fix a painful shoulder injury, Team Sky’s Ben Swift is back to his best in 2014. Following a strong spring and early summer, he took a break from racing, and then returned to competition at the beginning of this month with a few goals for the late-season calendar in mind. With one of those goals, Plouay’s GP Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 7 Preview

Stage 7 Profile

Stage 7: Alhendín › Alcaudete – 169 km Alejandro Valverde won a tough Stage 6 that saw the first serious GC action of the race, as several big names lost ground on the day’s final ascent. Stage 7 shouldn’t be as decisive for the General Classification, but it is a hilly one, packed with smaller climbs that, when taken all together, will exact a toll on the legs, Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 6 Preview

Stage 6 Profile

Stage 6: Benalmádena › La Zubia – 167.1 km John Degenkolb took a second straight sprint victory in Stage 5, but his sprinting rivals will have to wait a little while for a shot at revenge, as the Vuelta hits its first serious uphill test in Stage 6. Things will start out calm, as the peloton will set out from Benalmádena and take on over almost 50 Read More →

Giacomo Nizzolo “Really, Really, Really Motivated” for Plouay’s GP Ouest-France after Runner-up Performance at Vattenfall Cyclassics

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Fresh off of a 2nd-place finish at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek Factory Racing is looking forward to having another shot at a big win in the upcoming GP Ouest-France, where he was 2nd in 2013. Nizzolo’s 2014 campaign has had its gratifying moments and its frustrating ones, and plenty of moments that have been a bit of both, and he took a few minutes out Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 5 Preview

Stage 5 Profile

Stage 5: Priego de Córdoba › Ronda – 180 km After a fourth stage won convincingly in a bunch sprint by John Degenkolb, Stage 5 of the Vuelta a España looks likely to be another one for the bunch gallopers. The pack will set out from Priego de Córdoba and then take on 150 kilometers without a single categorized climb before reaching the bottom of a lone Category Read More →

Vuelta a España 2014: Stage 4 Preview

Stage 4 Profile

Stage 4: Mairena del Alcor › Córdoba – 164.7 km The third stage of the Vuelta a España saw Michael Matthews outsprinting some real GC talents (among them, Dan Martin and Joaquim Rodriguez) to take a victory and the red jersey. Stage 4 is another in which the presence of some late uphill challenges could make things interesting. The stage starts out very flat, and continues Read More →