Race Preview

All my posts that a probably race previews in some way.

Women’s GP de Plouay 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Saturday sees the Women’s WorldTour take on the GP de Plouay or the GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT to give the race its full, catchy, made-up marketing name. There’s been 17 previous editions, with honours shared equally with 5 wins for the Netherlands and the UK. Only 2 previous winner has made …

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Women’s Prudential Ride London Classique 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile, Balsamo

Women’s Prudential Ride London Classique 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile, Balsamo

This Saturday sees the women’s peloton visit London for the Prudential Ride London Classique. Unlike the men who get to leave London and visit some of the Surrey Hills, the women are confined to Green Park and St James’s Park. The backdrop will be good, a finish line on the Mall and several passes of …

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Women’s Tour of Britain 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Tour of Britain 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The 2019 Ovo Energy Women’s Tour (of Britain) starts on 10th June in the Suffolk town of Beccles. It then traverses across the middle of the UK, working its way down to Essex, across to Oxfordshire, a tiny burst north to Warwickshire and then heads west, where it spends 2 days in Wales. The end …

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Women’s Emakumeen Bira 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Emakumeen Bira 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Emakumeen Bira is one of the oldest continually running Women’s stage races. It’s taken place each year since 1988 in the Basque region of Spain. For 2019, the time trial is gone – replaced instead with more climbing. The first stage is lumpy but expected to finish in a bunch sprint. The start of …

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Women’s Tour of California 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Tour of California 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

California here we come, right back where we started from – or something. The Women’s Tour of California is a 3 stage race with a couple of sprint stages and 1 queen stage that will see the general classification sorted. And it starts tonight for us Brits. The sprint stages are no formality though. Stage …

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Women’s Tour of Chongming Island 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Tour of Chongming Island 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Chongming Island is, unsurprisingly, an island on the Eastern side of China. Roughly twice the size of the Isle of Man it’s almost pan-flat with the highest point being 2.6 metres above sea-level. With that in mind, the race has always been a sprint fest. There are 3 stages in the race, which takes place …

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Men and Women’s Liege Bastogne Liege 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Men and Women’s Liege Bastogne Liege 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This Sunday’s Liege Bastogne Liege will be the first with the new finale. Gone are the late climbs of Saint-Nicolas and Ans and replaced instead with a more or less flat run into the centre of Liege. The old favourites are still in there though – the Cols and Cotes of Stockeu, Haute-Levee, Rosier, La …

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Men and Women’s Fleche Wallone 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Men and Women’s Fleche Wallone 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Wednesday 24th April sees the men and women’s pelotons tackle Fleche Wallone. Unlike Amstel Gold the women’s race has a solid continuous history since the first race in 1998 and similarly to the men has had a single rider dominate the finish in recent years. Alejandro Valverde’s run of 4 wins in a row was …

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Men and Women’s Amstel Gold Race 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Men and Women’s Amstel Gold Race 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Sunday’s Amstel Gold Races see the men and women take on the hilliest part of the Netherlands – the enclave of Limburg tucked away in the very bottom corner with Belgium and Germany on either side. The men’s race is one of the major classics, although not a monument. The women’s race originally started in the …

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