Giro d’Italia 2018 route has been announced by RCS Sport, the organizer of the race. For the first time ever, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe: Israel will host the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia 2018, beginning with an Individual Time Trial in Jerusalem on Friday, May 4. It will also be the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy. The race will be finished in Rome with a final circuit stage on Sunday, May 27. There will be no team time trial (TTT) and limited opportunities for the sprinters in the 101st edition of the Italian grand tour.
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Mûr de Bretagne climb is a focal point for cyclists in France’s most cycling-obsessed region, Brittany. It is short but tough, actually the first half of the climb is much tougher, where the gradient usually stays above 10%. The second half is much easier. The climb is 2.21 km long. Over this distance, you gain 144 meters of elevation. Thus, the average percentage is 6.5%.
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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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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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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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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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Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 2017 was won by Pierre Rolland, the French rider of Cannondale–Drapac. Rolland and his team were really needed this victory: Rolland’s last Grand Tour stage win was back in 2012 (Stage 11 of the Tour de France), and the American Squad didn’t win a single World Tour race for the last two years (actually, Andrew Talansky won Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California atop Mt. Baldy on Thursday May 18, 2017 – but before that, the last two years were empty). The moment the race was won interesting: Rolland stopped pedaling and waited for the big chasing group – this was the decisive “move” of the race.
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