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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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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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Women’s Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Sunday’s Alfredo Binda 2019 will be the 44th edition, a surprisingly large amount of editions for a top level women’s race. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s the race was won mainly by Italians with few exceptions. Since the turn of the millennium, the race has only been won by home riders twice in 2000 …

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Women’s Strade Bianche 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Strade Bianche 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Strade Bianche is a new-ish race on the men’s calendar but has had even less editions on the women’s calendar. First run in 2015, the Women’s Strade Bianche has had 4 different winners in 4 years so far and 3 different riders have each finished on the podium 3 times. Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo …

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