One of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, Monte Zoncolan is a mountain in the Carnic Alps, located in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It has been used in the Giro d’Italia six times (2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2018) and in the Giro Donne (Giro d’Italia Femminile, rebranded in 2013 as the Giro Rosa), once (1997).
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At the stage 8 of this years’ Tour de France, Chris Froome attacked on the descent. He quickly opened up a gap of a few seconds on his main general classification rivals, including Nairo Quintana. Then he tucked down onto the top tube of his bicycle and spun the 54 chainring with all he had, opening up an even bigger gap in the process. Finally, he won the stage by 13 seconds on his rivals.
A lot of people were astonished to his descending technique. But, in fact, we saw it before.
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Pinarello has revealed its 2015 bike models. The admiral ship of the collection is Pinarello Dogma F8. This year, in Tour de France, UCI Pro Team Sky Procycling and its leader Chris Froome (last years’ winner) will use the brand new Dogma F8. It is said to be lighter, stiffer and more aero than before. It has been approved by the UCI and will debut at the Critérium du Dauphiné 2014 which begins in Lyon on 8 June.
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I’ve inspired by GCN’s video titled “Top 10 iconic road bikes in racing history” while writing this post. I made some changes, excluded some of Daniel Lloyd’s choices, and extended the list by including a few bikes.
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Tyler Hamilton, the ex-teammate of Lance Armstrong during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tour de France where Armstrong won the Yellow jersey, has declared that he believes Chris Froome of Team Sky won the 2013 Tour de France riding clean.
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Pinarello was the most successful bike supplier of the pro-peloton at the Tour de France 2013. Chris Froome of Team Sky won the yellow jersey, and Nairo Quintana of Movistar team won both polka dot jersey of the KOM (King of the mountains) and white jersey of “the best young rider” classifications on Pinarello Dogma bikes. Pinarello also produced a special edition to honor the polka dot jersey.
The famous Italian bike manufacturer revealed its 2014 models.
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David Walsh, the famous Irish sports journalist, who the chief sports writer of the British newspaper The Sunday Times, has announced that he is believing that Chris Froome is worthy winner of the Tour de France.
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Today, Chris Froome probably claimed his first Tour de France victory, despite still six stages to go, including Alpe d’Huez. Lots of people, including me, surely wondering what Paul Kimmage says on this performance.
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Paul Kimmage, journalist and former pro cyclist, has doubts about Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky, suggests that their dominance at Tour de France 2012 is suspicious.
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A hundred meters from the beach of Ézaro, where the Galician coast at its best, there is an ominous sign with the red warning triangle: thirty percent (30%) warns the board, then you directly ride against uphill over a huge rock.
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