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Le Tour De France has already been there, and will be back in 2014. But where is it?

Le Tour de France est déjà passé par ici, et repassera par là en 2014. Mais ou est-ce ? 

A qui le Tour ?

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AUG-24 SEP-15 Vuelta a España  - 
Vuelta a España: Philippe Gilbert finally shows his stripes in stage 12 sprint World champion wins at last in complicated uphill finish

With time running out to take his first win in the rainbow jersey, Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) sprinted to victory in the 12th stage of the 2013 Vuelta a España, between Maella and Tarragona, on the challenging uphill finishing straight. The World champion managed to hunt down the long effort from Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), after the former Norwegian champion opened up what had looked like a winning margin himself, and crossed the line in jubilation a bike length clear.

Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) took third place, as many of the big-name sprinters were apparently surprised by the toughness of the finish.

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Stage results
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
3. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
4. Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
5. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
6. Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8. Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano
9. Anthony Roux (Fra)
10. Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura

Overall classification
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Pro Team Astana
2. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ 31s
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team @ 46s
4. Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack-Leopard
5. Joaquim Rodríguez (Spa) Katusha Team @ 2’33”
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale @ 2’44”
7. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling @ 2’52”
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) @ 3’35”
9. Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ 3’46”
10. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha Team @ 3’56”
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AUG-24 SEP-15 Vuelta a España  - 
7th for Team +NetApp-Endura in the Vuelta a España's Stage 1 TTT! They completed the 27.4-km course in 30:34 - just 35 seconds off the pace of winners Team Astana. #fujivuelta  
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JUN-29-JUL-21 TDF  - 
One for all the Tour de France fans out there...

Featured in this special collector's edition is complete coverage, stage by stage, of the Tour De France.
Meet the mastermind and the riders behind SKY's historic win. 
Chapters include:

    Hot shots from the tour
    The big rivalry: Froome vs Wiggins comes to a head
    SKY's 2013 tour team
    Tour De France roll of honour
    The main man: Froome steps from the shadows

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“Se stai attraversando l'inferno, non ti fermare” 

“If you're going through hell, keep going”

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wow... Zoncolan again without Giro 2011 or 2010... nice =)
The Giro 2014 will started from Ireland
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AUG-24 SEP-15 Vuelta a España  - 
*Dan Martin taken to hospital following late crash at Vuelta a España - Combined with Farrar puncture, crash was “the perfect storm,” says Weltz

A bad crash in the end of stage seven of the Vuelta a España saw Ireland’s Dan Martin complete the day’s racing but the Garmin-Sharp rider was then taken to hospital for further checkups as a result of his injuries.
Without going into detail, Garmin-Sharp sports director Johnny Weltz said Martin had suffered injuries on his right side and that they had taken him to a hospital after the stage. He could not confirm if Martin would start the stage tomorrow. An official race medical report by the Vuelta’s own doctors said Martin had suffered “multiple blows to an arm and hip” and that team-mate Nick Nuyens had also crashed.
Martin went down with around ten kilometres to go and finished 1:33 back in 116th place. The 2013 Tour de France stage winner crashed shortly after teammate Tyler Farrar had punctured and was being pulled back up to the peloton, with Garmin-Sharp suddenly having to fight to get both sprinter and their GC rider back in the bunch.
Johan Vansummeren and other teammates tried to bring Martin back into the peloton, but with the bunch already going flat out on a very technical, fast finish and Martin not in a good condition in any case, it was mission impossible.
“It was a perfect storm, I have to say that,” Johnny Weltz told Cyclingnews afterwards. “He hit some kind of a hole in the ground and went into his handlebars and went down.”
“Tyler had just punctured before this shit started going down so we already had to stop to give him a wheel. Then Dan came down, it was just the most chaos it could have possibly been.”
Weltz, like Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was critical of the stage finish, saying “the final was absolutely crazy. You know you have to be on the front but on a circuit like that....”
To add insult to injury, Martin, Farrar, Vansummeren, Alex Howes and Nick Nuyens were all handed 20-second time penalties and fined 50 Swiss Francs by the commissaires for drafting behind a team car. Johnny Weltz and fellow directeur sportif Bingen Fernandez were fined 200 CHF for the same incident.
Furthermore, Farrar was fined another 50 CHF for “irregular team support” following his puncture, with Fernandez fined 200 CHF for the same offence. Ferandez was landed with a third 200 CHF fine for irregular feeding, while Caleb Fairly was fined 50 CHF as the recipient of the illegal feed.
In total, therefore, Garmin-Sharp amassed 1,150 CHF in fines on stage 7 of the Vuelta.

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AUG-24 SEP-15 Vuelta a España  - 
La VUELTA, cycling's hidden gem It's the forgotten youngest child of the two more revered Grand Tours on the cycling calendar, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Lacking the Tour's history and largesse, or the inspired marketing and tempestuous weather that is the Corsa Rosa, the Vuelta sits apart

"Cuitu Negru had shown the Rodriguez a class above. If he was to fall, it would have to be spectacularly. Then came Fuente Dé"

Gone are the days of it competing for top billing with the Giro in May. Its August home only perpetuates its status to the uninitiated as an afterthought to the cycling season, and yet, it's a disservice to treat it as such. There's an x-factor in Spanish racing that has, and will make the next three weeks a feast for the eyes. Last year's Vuelta was arguably the race of the year, the late injection of inspiration that saved the latter half of the cycling season. And in 2013, it promises just as much.

"I had an angel on one shoulder, saying “don’t do this, they’re going to roll you over” and a devil in the other saying “go for it”. On this occasion, I didn’t listen to the angel. It was attack or die."  Contador on Stage 17 of the 2012 Vuelta.

Stage 17, the 2012 Vuelta, 187.3km, Santander - Fuente Dé. The battle between Joaquim Rodriguez, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde had raged since Stage 4, the day that ended so well for Australian Simon Clarke on Estación de Valdezcaray. And now it was set to reach a head.

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JAIZKIBEL the key at CLÀSICA SAN SEBASTIAN, says VALVERDE Spaniard leads strong Movistar line-up

After finishing the Tour de France strongly, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lines up among the favourites for the Clásica San Sebastián and, as ever, he believes that the race will hinge on the double ascent of the Jaizkibel.
“It’s a race that I like and a course that suits me, but it’s the same for a lot of other riders,”* Valverde told Diario Vasco. _“I know the parcours perfectly and the two ascents of the Jaizkibel – the first time up the climb makes a selection and the second time around, there’s even more of a filtering process. For me the key is the Jaizkibel, no doubt about it.”
Valverde won the Clásica in 2008 and will be at the head of a solid Movistar squad that also includes Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana, and he is confident that the squad is capable of managing the race. “There will be more riders who want to win, but wherever we race, we always have responsibility for controlling things,” he said. “I expect a group of six or seven riders at the end, no more, but I don’t think anyone will win alone.”
Valverde finished eighth overall at the Tour but stood as the closest challenger to Chris Froome (Sky) until the end of the second week, when a broken wheel on the road to Saint-Amand-Montrond ultimately saw him lose almost ten minutes to his general classification rivals.
“I haven’t given a lot of thought to what happened there,” said Valverde. “The races come as they come. What is clear is that without the problem, we would have raced differently and maybe both Nairo and I could have been on the podium.”
The 33-year-old Valverde returned to racing at the beginning of last season after spending 18 months on the sidelines after he was belatedly suspended for his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation. Valverde will lead Movistar’s challenge at the Vuelta a España in three weeks’ time, and he is pleased with his condition in the wake of the Tour de France.
“I’m in good shape. I finished the Tour a bit tired, which is normal, but very well physically,” he said. “On a mental level, I feel very good. I didn’t finish fatigued.”
In spite of his consistency in recent months, Valverde is without a victory since winning the Ruta Del Sol in February and he knows he faces stiff opposition as he bids to break that duck on Saturday.
I don’t know exactly who’s going to race but people like Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) should be dangerous,” he said. “In the Clásica, there should be several selections and until the end, you never know who you will be fighting it out with for the win, but at the front we usually see a majority of riders who have just come from the Tour.”
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He's definitely got a chance to win the sprint out of a select group as long as The Leach Gerrans doesn't latch onto a wheel. 
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