Tour of Utah review

Having started the final stage tied on aggregate time, Tom Danielson successfully attacked Chris Horner on the final climb to earn a merited victory to finish an exciting Tour of Utah in which the leader’s jersey changed hands on all but one of its six days.

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Early season Spanish races review

In the same way we’ve recently reviewed results in the early French and Italian races on the European circuit, we also need to wrap up the Spanish ones ahead of their first World Tour event, the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya from 20th to 24th March.

The picture’s somewhat similar: races reduced in length either thanks to adverse weather or the adverse financial climate, or both. Again, the races threw up a few surprises, a few new faces and names to conjure with. But in essence, these are races to showcase emerging talent and for second and third division sides to angle for further race invites. Continue reading

Tour Down Under preview

The 2012 UCI WorldTour kicks off on Tuesday with the  14th edition of the Tour Down Under, boasting a strong line-up as the professional peloton seeks to shake off the winter rust and prepare for a long season ahead.

What kind of race is it?

Traditionally the Tour Down Under has been a sprinter-friendly race, primarily comprising flat stages with some relatively benign climbs. Continue reading