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TOUR ANALYSIS
Thomas surges, Froome falters
by JV Araneta - July 27, 2018 - 12:00am
Finally, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) showed his stuff to take the gimmicky stage 17 of the Tour de France.
Jarlinson Pantano wins stage 15
by JV Araneta - July 19, 2016 - 12:00am
A Colombian, who has a champion-sounding name, raised his hand in victory today, but it was not that Colombian.
In a quandary
by JV Araneta - July 25, 2015 - 10:00am
Saving French pride
by JV Araneta - July 24, 2015 - 10:00am
Four consecutive mountain stages packed in the last four days. Since I’ve started following the Tour de France back in 1989, I’ve never seen anything like this. But the Tour changes every year, sometimes,...
The Lantern Rouge and Cheng Ji
by JV Araneta - July 25, 2014 - 12:00am
In the Tour de France, the Lantern Rouge is the last rider in the GC, that's general classification or in local parlance, overall standings. "Lantern Rouge" means red lantern in French and it comes from the red lantern...
Chaos
by JV Araneta - July 16, 2014 - 12:00am
I think that in the history of the Tour de France has never seen two top contenders,Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, retire from the race.
Shark infested waters
by JV Araneta - July 11, 2014 - 3:37am
Stage 5 was either a classic or a carnage, depending on your view. It was a stage that was not suited for a grand tour rider but a specialist like Fabian Cancellara or a Tom Boonen.
Double d’Huez
by JV Araneta - July 20, 2013 - 12:00am
In any competition, when you are playing catch up, you have to take risks. Alberto Contador has been known to be a risk taker when he’s behind. In last year’s VueltaaEspana, everybody thought that Purito...
That sinking feeling
by JV Araneta - July 16, 2013 - 12:00am
Remember when you were just a kid and the balloon string slipped through your fingers and gradually disappeared from your teary eyes forever?
Compelling
by JV Araneta - July 9, 2013 - 12:00am
Alejandro Valverde's team Movistar showed that they could hurt Chris Froome.
Day of reckoning
by JV Araneta - July 7, 2013 - 12:00am
John Degenkolb is the #2 sprinter in Argos-Shimano after Marcel Kittel who won stage 1. But Degenkolb is no slouch against the sprinters. Last year, he won 5 stages via sprint in the VueltaaEspana.
Taking on Merckx’s record
by JV Araneta - July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
Eddy Merckx is the greatest cyclist in the universe. He won the Tour and Giro 5 times, won the World's and Paris-Roubaix 3 times, Liege-Bastogne-Liege 5 times, Milan-San Remo 7 times…well, you get the picture....
Tourminator
by JV Araneta - July 17, 2012 - 12:00am
This stage looked like difficult on paper with two difficult mountain climbs in the last half of the race. However, with the last 40km a downhill drag to the finish and team SKY holding the peloton by the scruff...
The Improbable Champion
by JV Araneta - July 29, 2008 - 12:00am
When Carlos Sastre moved from ONCE to CSC in 2002, I always believed that CSC director sportif Bjarne Riis signed him to work for his more prestigious teammates. He had to work for the now “disgraced”...
Sastre sews up the Tour
by JV Araneta - July 28, 2008 - 12:00am
There are no friends in the last K
by JV Araneta - July 26, 2008 - 12:00am
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