Tour de France 2018 stages and route (the 105th edition of the race) has been announced by the race organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation). The race will start with a 189 km flat stage on July 7, 2018, Saturday. The finish line will be in Champs-Élysées, traditionally, on July 29, 2018, Sunday. This year, the Tour will again visit the cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix, and the mythical climb of Alpe d’Huez as well as gravel roads and some cols that never climbed in the race before.
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Cycling journalist Laura Meseguer posted a video on her twitter account: three retired cyclists, Greg LeMond, Sean Kelly, Juan Antonio Flecha and British former triple jumper and a keen recreational cyclist Jonathan Edwards racing against each other using a custom setup. They jumped on their stationary bikes which were fitted to a toy race track with miniature riders representing each person.
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Monte Castrove is a small mountain located in the municipality of Poio (Pontevedra, Galicia) in Spain with an elevation of 613 meters above sea level. The road goes up to 515 meters.
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Le Ride is a cycling documentary, which follows two cyclists, Phil Keoghan (also the director of the film) and his friend Ben Cornell as they attempt to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. Averaging 240km a day for 26 days, Phil and Ben traverse both the unforgiving mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, on original vintage steel racing bikes with no gears and marginal brakes.
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Bola del Mundo, also known as Alto de las Guarramillas is a mountain of the Guadarrama mountain range located in the Community of Madrid in Spain, near the border with the province of Segovia. Its height is 2,257 meters (some sources give it 2.265 meters). It is one of the hardest climbs ever seen in pro cycling. Despite its modest average gradient of 6.2%, the climb gets really hard in the final kilometers where average gradient is always above 10% and at some points it gets as steep as 19%.
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It has been announced that Bianchi and Ferrari were joining forces for a range of bicycles, in the end of July 2017. The Italian noteworthy brands were collaborated to launch the “Bianchi for Scuderia Ferrari” project. Now, they revealed the project’s first fruit – the SF01.
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Vuelta a España 2017, the 72nd edition of the race and the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season will be held between August 19, Saturday and September 10, Sunday. It will start with a 13.7 km team time trial in Nîmes, southern France and finish in Madrid, with a traditional sprint stage which has the length of 117.6 km.
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During the long, warm summer days, we spend much more time in the saddle. And, especially, if your skin is sensitive like mine, you have to do something to avoid saddle sores.
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Tour de France is the world’s most popular and prestigious bicycle race. Wining “the Tour” is a great victory for cyclists, as well as groupset producers. Here are the Tour de France Winner Groupsets, since 1937, year by year:
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Bianchi released Marco Pantani edition “Specialissima”, a special bike to celebrate 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s Giro-Tour double. The bike has the iconic celeste-yellow fade paint job, the same color schema of Pantani’s 1998 Bianchi. In 1998, after winning the Giro d’Italia, Pantani rode the yellow and celeste Bianchi Mega Pro XL (serial number H 314-74) in the famous July 27 Grenoble—Le Duex Alpes stage of the 1998 Tour de France. He attacked Jan Ullrich on the Galibier climb and won the stage, taking the race lead. He went on to win the Tour in Paris ahead of 2nd finisher Ullrich and 3rd Bobby Julich.
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