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Video teaser TdF, two more days

June 27th, 13. Two days to go people.

 
Tour de France 2013 The Absentees (part 2)

thor hushovd thumbJune 26th, 13.  In part 1 of the absentees we took a look at three of the big names who will not be lining up in Corsica along with nearly 200 others in the biggest cycle race on earth.

 
Check out the 2013 Tour de France course in 3D

June 25th, 13. We have just been forwarded this release direct from the organizers of the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

 
Tour de France 2013 Top 10 and other predictions

froome thumbJune 25th, 13. This is the dangerous part.  Rarely if ever does a race like the Tour de France unfold as it should on paper.  Anything can happen.  On roads that widen and shrink at a moment’s notice crashes are a mathematical certainty.

 
Tour de France on PS3 and X Box

June 24th, 13. For any serious bike riding fan, this is a must.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH OPQS vs Lotto Belisol

June 21st, 13. I had to really.  I could write about the need to WATCH both of these teams separately but . . . . nah.  What will make the sprint stages so exciting this year is the fact that both of these teams have their (a) game on in terms of their choice of line up.  There are no reserves, there is no holding back, it is all about victory.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Alberto Contador

alberto thumbJune 20th, 13. Just before we get carried away with all the teams that we need to be keeping our eyes open for there is one more GC contender that we have yet to mention.

 
Omega Pharma and the Tour: Boonen on the bench

Boonen thumbJune 19th, 13. To all Tom Boonen fans, we have a special message brought to you by those in charge over at Omega Pharma–QuickStep; there will be no need to take your whitewash to l’Alpe d’Huez this year.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Orica GreenEdge

goss thumbJune 18th, 13.  The closest team to the land of the long white cloud in this year’s Tour de France, this Australian based unit are bristling with potential, past results and good form going into their second shot at the three week race.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Team Sky

sky riders thumbJune 17th, 13. So for the first time we arrive at an entire team to WATCH in this year's Tour de France.

 
Vink fifth in German tour

Elite mans race 168 thumbJune 16th, 13. Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink has finished a commendable fifth place in the week-long International Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Tejay van Garderen

te jay thumbJune 15th, 13. Ok so we’ve just done one yellow jersey contender, do we really need another one?  And ok we’ve just had one BMC Racing rider do we need a second?  Answer: oh go on then, I can’t help it.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Cadel Evans

cadel thumbJune 14th, 13. He is the first former Tour de France champion to feature in the roadcycling.co.nz WATCH series and with good reason.  From a nation that has brought many excellent riders, only two in recent times have seriously challenged for the overall title.  

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Hayden Roulston

roly thumbJune 13th, 13. The second Kiwi to feature in the roadcycling.co.nz WATCH series is actually a specialist classics rider and has recorded excellent results, and been the foundation for other riders’ excellent results in races like Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 5 Kristoff is king in sprint finish

June 13th, 13. At the end of the 176.4km between Buochs and Leuggern it was Norway’s Alexander Kristoff of Katusha who had the legs in the sprint finish.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 4 Demare wins in Buochs

June 12th, 13.  At the end of the 161km between Innertkirchen and Buochs it was FDJ’s Arnaud Demare who had the legs and the speed to see off challenges from Matthew Goss of Orica GreenEdge and Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Sharp, to take his first stage win of this year’s race, and his fourth stage victory of the season.

 
Interview- Heinrich Haussler, IAM cycling team

heinrich profileJune 11th, 13. Roadcycling.co.nz co writer Ed Wright spent some time chatting to IAM cycling team rider Heinrich Haussler, winner Stage 5 of the 2013 UCI Eurpoean tour event, Bayern- Rundfahrt.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 3 Sagan seals seventh Swiss success

June 11th, 13. The other three members of the four-man breakaway must have been kicking themselves when they saw that Peter Sagan was in the move with them; and they had good reason to as well, with the 23-year old Cannondale rider seeing off the challenges of Rui Costa of Movistar, Roman Kreuziger of Saxo-Tinkoff and Mathias Frank of BMC Racing to take the stage win.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 2 Mollema takes summit finish

June 10th, 13It was a day for solo wins after Alessandro De Marchi’s win in the Criterium du Dauphine (see the roadcycling.co.nz stage 8 report) as Bauke Mollema of Blanco Pro Cycling took the second stage of the Tour de Suisse, 11seconds ahead of a small chase group, led home by Mathias Frank of BMC Racing and Thibaut Pinot of FDJ.

 
In-form Vink on cycling podium in Germany

Elite mans race 168 thumbJune 9th, 13. Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink has made a strong start to the latest tour race for the BikeNZ squad in Germany today.

 
Full Start list @ 27/6/13

June 27th, 13. Here is the up to date final start list for the 100th Ed Tour de France, two Kiwis to start.

 
Tour de France 2013 Bauer and Henderson to fly the flag in France
Kiwi flag 2 thumbJune 26th, 13. Our heartiest congratulations from roadcycling.co.nz go out to both Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer and Lotto Belisol’s Greg Henderson who will be flying the flag for New Zealand in just 3 day’s time for the 2013 centenary edition of the Tour de France.
 
 
Full National Championship results from around the cycling world

June 25th, 13. We have compiled all the Country National results from the weekends events.

 
Tour de France 2013 Current start list

June 24th, 13. This is the current Tour de France start list up to date as we have it, we will continue to update it as all the riders are finalized.

 
Tour de France 2013 The Absentees (part 1)

Brad yellow thumbJune 23rd, 13. In seven days the third biggest sporting event - behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup - and the biggest annual sporting spectacle in the world will kick off.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Movistar Team

Rui Da Costa thumbJune 20th, 13. A few weeks ago roadcycling.co.nz writer and race reporter, Ed Wright, enjoyed the pleasure of interviewing cycling commentator Phil Liggett regarding the season to date.

 
Tour de France 2013 No Roulston for the Tour

June 20th, 13.  Steadily the twenty-two teams of the Tour de France are unveiling their line ups for this year’s race.

 
Williams enjoying fine form

presentation thumbJune 19th, 13. In a couple of weeks time Georgia Williams will be lining up for the 2013 Giro d’Italia alongside her new team for 2013 Be Pink.

 
Kiesanowski second in Team Tibco 1-2

1 2 jo thumbJune 18th, 13. There’s nothing quite like being part of a team 1-2 in cycling.  George Bennett did it with Hayden Roulston at the Nationals in January and on Sunday so did TIBCO’s Jo Kiesanowski.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 9 Double victory for Costa

June 17th, 13. Hats off to BMC's Mathias Frank who held the lead in the Tour de Suisse for so long, but in the end there was nothing he or anyone else could do to stop Movistar's Rui Costa from winning the final time trial stage of the Tour de Suisse and taking the final leader's jersey of the last World Tour race before the Tour de France.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 8 Sagan’s second sprint success

June 16th, 13. Before the stage it was a day that really could go either way, to the breakaway specialists or the sprinters; but in the end there was nothing anyone could do to stop Peter Sagan from taking stage win number 2.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 7 Costa wins on mountain stage

June 15th, 13. At the end of the hardest day of climbing in the Tour de Suisse, Movistar’s Rui Costa sprinted to victory ahead of stage 2 winner Bauke Mollema of Blanco Pro Cycling and Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing. 

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 6 Rast races to victory

rust finish thumbJune 14th, 13. The first day-long successful breakaway of this year’s Tour de Suisse ended with a Swiss stage winner, as RadioShack Leopard’s Gregory Rast took his first win of the season and his first World Tour win on a day where the peloton were quite happy to let the breakaway riders have their way.

 
Trotman fourth in Austria

reta trot austria thumbJune 13th, 13. Kiwi up and coming female rider Reta Trotman (Maxx-Solar womens team) finished in fourth place at the Austrian Tour Langenlois 4 stage road race over the past weekend.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Thibaut Pinot

Thibaut Pinot thumbJune 12th, 13. Since 1985 France have been waiting for their next Tour de France champion.  It is one of Bernard Hinault’s bug bares, that he is the last French winner; and it’s getting ever closer to that 30 year mark too.

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Mark Cavendish

cav thumbJune 11th, 13. Ok, so the reasons are pretty obvious for this one.  You could take a whole range of different explanations and apply any one of them to why this rider is one to watch.

 
Kuhajek defends Omnium title in the US

Kuajek thumbJune 11th, 13. Over the weekend Nelsons Team Vanderkitten rider Jeannie Kuhajek defended her Tour of Galena Omnium title, a four stage series over the long weekend. Jeannie was kind enough to share her blog on the weekend for us here at Roadcycling.co.nz

 

 
Tour de France 2013 WATCH: Daniel Martin

martin daniel thumbJune 10th, 13So from Britain to Slovakia, Germany to New Zealand and France, the roadcycling.co.nz WATCH series in preparation for the 100th Tour de France takes us to Ireland this time.  The small island to the west of England and Wales has been waiting patiently since the era of Roche and Kelly for its next Tour great.

 
Criterium du Dauphine: Stage 8 De Marchi takes rain soaked stage

stage 8 thumbJune 10th, 13. The remaining riders had plenty to contend with on the final day of racing in the Criterium du Dauphine, including two major climbs, terrible wet racing conditions and a barrage of attacks from some of the race’s top names.

 
Tour de Suisse: Stage 1 Meyer wins opening time trial

June 9th, 13.  The Australian youngster Cameron Meyer took his first World Tour win of the year with victory in the opening prologue time trial of the Tour de Suisse.

 
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