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    Today’s stage is riddled with tough climbs including the Col du Tourmalet which is 19 km long at 7.4%. Before the riders hit the finish line they also have the Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col de Val Louron-Azet and the Col de Peyresourde to contend with. Although this looks like a no-brainer – a stage for the

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    Win a box of Clif Shot Bloks

      Here the Tour gets really exciting! After a warm up in the valley, the road gets undulating. At any point in these rolling hills a break could form. But if the break doesn’t pull out a substantial lead they’ll no doubt be reeled in up the final climb, Col d’Aspin which is 12km long at

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      Harrogate Chain Gang

        Every Thursday, 7.15pm, meet outside Barker & Stonehouse, St James’ Retail Park (lights now required for return home). Chain gang provides a safe, fast and structured training ride. Watch this video to find out more about how to ride in a chain gang. The route takes riders along the A168 which is quiet with little traffic. The

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        Win Castelli leg warmers and a water bottle

          Will it be Cav’s day today? As you can guess, it’s a flat stage. In previous editions of the Tour de France Cavendish hasn’t come to fore until around stage five. Last year his win was on stage seven. Will he be warmed up enough to see off Kittel and Greipel? WIN: Enter our competition to guess

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          Win a stage one service in the Prologue Workshop

            We’re in the hills! Not the mountains of the Pyrenees or the Alps but the Massif Central. Racing on these climbs won’t be as explosive as the mountain passes but with three climbs condensed into the final 35km featuring an 8 per cent gradient, it’s going to be an interesting stage finale. Finishing on a

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            Win coffee and cake in the Prologue cafe

              It’s a tough day at the office this Monday morning for the Tour riders. Today’s stage is 222km long as the race heads south to the Pyrenees. Whoever picked the short straw to go with the break – that will inevitably form – will have a long day ahead of them. It’s likely their efforts

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              Win a Prologue iPhone case

                Whichever sprinter is clad in yellow today, after yesterday’s flat circuit, mustn’t get too fond of the leader’s jersey. Today’s stage features climbs including a 14 per cent ramp followed by a long six per cent uphill slog to the top of the Cote de la Glacerie where the race finishes. This is one for

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                Win a box of Clif Bars

                  The 2016 edition of the Tour de France starts today – in France – for the first time since 2011. The stage begins in Mont Saint Michel and traces the coast line to Utah Beach. Although the parcours is pancake flat, riders with have to contest with the coastline’s strong crosswinds which could cause some

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                  Rob Watson sprints to success at prestigious Otley Town Centre Race

                    Now in its 31st addition, the Otley Town Centre Cycle Races are the highlight of the local bike-race calendar. The series of races for youths, women, talented amateurs and professional cyclists attracts a colossal crowd. Matt Mannakee reports: The wall of spectators aren’t there just for the fish and chips. The UK’s best elite road cyclists are

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