TdF stage 19 preview

Stage 19: Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand, 204.5km, high mountains

It’s a long day in the mountains for the peloton, with five climbs that start right from the off. The first part of the stage has two monster hors catégorie climbs, the second half has three tricky climbs before a short descent into Le Grand Bornand. This might not be a summit finish but be under no illusions – this stage will blow the peloton apart. Continue reading

Tour de France preview: Five key stages

There are 21 stages in the Tour de France and every single one of them counts, but for different reasons to different riders. There are sprint stages in the first and second weeks that will be pivotal in the green jersey battle. And, of course, there is the final stage on the Champs-Elysees, which is always special. But here are five stages that we believe will be key to winning the maillot jaune this year. Continue reading