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climbing in the vosges

What a day in the Vosges! Climbing Col des Chevrères was like a boxing match. I wished that I could shift gears lower than 34×28. The long section with gradients vary between 15% and 18% completely ruined my smooth pedaling. All I can do was handing out punches on my pedals. Because what ever was […]

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only every 100 years Fausto Coppi

The journey of Fausto Coppi to become a champion really kicked off when he started to work together with Cavanna. A blind soigneur which had started a cycling school in Novi, where young riders were given the oppertunity to become a much better cyclist. The first time he met with Fausto Coppi, he only said […]

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career started with 570 Lire Fausto Coppi

Fausto Coppi was the first pro cyclist ever wining the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year, 1949. It all started when he was finally able to buy his first racing bike for 570 Lire back in 1935, a real Maino. He wasn’t an instant champion, ending often in the back of […]

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We’re not animals David Millar

The Angliru was first included in the Vuelta a España in 1999, and it was in 2002 when David Millar refused to finish the stage and got disqualified. He threw his racing number on the floor just meters before the finish line screaming “We’re not animals and this is inhuman”. During the stage there was […]

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monstrous stage Johan van der Velde

In the Giro d’Italia of 1988 the monstrous stage over the Passo Gavia was only 120 kilometers, but this day became legendary as one of the most brilliant and insane mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia. Most cycling fans will remember this Epic stage by the former Dutch pro cyclist Johan van der Velde, who […]

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Only the strongest Andy Hampstein

In the Giro d’Italia of 1988 the course director Vincenzo Torriani could draw the course freely. In these days it wasn’t uncommon, that the course was designed in the hope to have an Italian cyclist to win the Giro d’Italia. Francesco Moser, third most winning cyclist ever, was an impressive complete rider but not that […]

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Giro d’Italia at his best Fausto Coppi

The Cima Coppi is the title given to the highest peak in the yearly running of the Giro d’Italia. The categorization of the Cima Coppi was used for the first time in the 1965 Giro d’Italia. The aim is to honor Fausto Coppi, who won five editions and three mountain classification titles during his career. […]

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logical to really hate the climb Muro di Sormano

A climb banned for 50 years, sounds serious. In 1960 the organization of the Giro di Lombardia decided to introduce a climb, that could make a difference. The fourth out of the six climbs that riders have to tackle in Giro di Lombardia is the Muro di Surmano. It’s an incredibly difficult climb that was […]

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Michele Scarponi Michele Scarponi

Michele Scarponi, who was going to be the leading man for his team Astana, just died a few weeks before the start of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. His team decided to start with 8 riders instead of the usual 9 as a tribute to him. The Giro d’Italia cannot possibly forget a […]

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3.000 francs to replace the goat track Col du Tourmalet

In 1910 Col du Tourmalet was part of the Tour de France for the first time taking cyclists higher than they had ever been before. They needed to pedal over a 2.000m giant. To make this possible Henri Desgrange, at that time the director of the Tour de France, paid the local authority 3.000 francs […]

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100 years after Andy Schleck

It was in 1911 when the Tour de France organization decided to take up the Col du Galibier in the route. In 2011, 100 years after, this fact is honored by the Tour de France organization. The Galibier is one of the most intimidating obstacles of the Tour de France. Henri Desgrange, he is the […]

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Ice cream moment Federico Bahamontes

Federico Bahamontes is a former pro cyclist who that made the Col du Galibier look easy. It was in the Tour de France of 1954. Federico Bahamontes, also known as the ‘The Eagle of Toledo’, was riding up the climb fast and on the summit he took a break to get an ice cream while […]

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The start of a career Charly Gaul

Charly Gaul, ‘The Angel of the Mountians’, is the winner of the Tour de France in 1958. The Grosslockner marks the beginning of his career. He won the stage with the climb Grosslockner during the Tour of Austria setting a stage record at the age of 17. It was his first race outside Luxembourg, his […]

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Surviving a fall of 70 meters Wim van Est

At 2.5 kilometers from the top Col d’Ausbisque via Col du Soulor is a plaque on the left in memory of the Dutchman Wim van Est. He was the first Dutchman to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour of France, but slipped in the descent of the Col d’Ausbisque wearing the yellow jersey. He […]

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Legendary finish Fausto Coppi

In 1952 the first summit finish in the Tour de France was at the Alpe d’Huez (1.880m). Fausto Coppi placed an attack 6 kilometers underneath the summit and became the first winner. It was the first stage from Tour de France ever broadcasted live. A legendary finish, as he graphed the yellow jersey with 1 […]

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