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It has been another exciting and riveting Giro d’Italia. With one stage to go, there are four riders within one minute of each other. The decisive factor will be an individual time trial.

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The Giro has just concluded, with Vincenzo Nibali securing victory. Here is what we learned across three exciting weeks of racing.

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Vincenzo Nibali cemented his reputation as one of the great grand tour riders when he claimed his second Giro d’Italia title in vintage fashion on Sunday.

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The 2016 Giro d’Italia’s penultimate stage has been taken by Rein Taaramae (Katusha) after the breakaway managed to stay clear, but back in the peloton it was Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) who rode away from everyone to take the pink jersey.

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There have already been two individual time trials in the 2016 Giro d’Italia to date, but this one is different: it is all uphill. Stage 15 promises to be another ‘full gas’ day for the general classification contenders.

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It is time to focus on the Astana Pro Team, the squad of Giro d’Italia favourite Vincenzo Nibali and one of the most controversial teams not just in cycling, but in all of sport.

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It says a lot about Astana’s team unity and communication when at the very same press conference that Vincenzo Nibali stated his race program wasn’t yet decided, Alexandre Vinokourov stated it had.

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The good news story to come out of Stage 2 of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana was Esteban Chavez (Orica-GreenEDGE) riding away with the stage win on the hilly finish and taking the red leader’s jersey, however it’s not what the stage will be remembered for.

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Both Astana and Movistar head into the final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana, with many cards to play in terms of the general classification. Is this a blessing or an avoidable complication? It can work both ways.

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Every Tour de France, there are riders or teams that do not get the luck they were hoping for. Let’s have a look at the riders and teams that did not achieve what they were hoping for this year.

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This year’s Tour de France – taken out by Sky Racing’s Chris Froome – was defined by a number of key stages, attacks and events.

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Stage 19 added fuel to the fire when Chris Froome was caught out by a mechanical issue going up the Col du Croix de Fer.

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After an opening phase of the Tour de France best suited to defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, it is the Italian who actually appears the most likely to lose his ‘Big Four’ status.

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It has been an absolutely hectic first week for the riders in this year’s tour, with many of them now thankful that today is a rest day.

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Wow. What a first week! With the Tour de France’s first rest day, let’s sit back and review the action thus far.

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According to that old chestnut it’s the riders who make the race – not the route. But when you have cycling’s ‘Big Four’ plus a raft of plucky outsiders in tow then the route can make all the difference.

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The biggest event on cycling’s calendar, the Tour de France, rolls around this weekend and it is time to look at who will take home cycling’s most prestigious prize, the Maillot Jaune.

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This year’s Tour de France promises to be the most exciting in years, with four legitimate contenders, all Grand Tour winners, riding out of Utrecht in the hope of pedalling onto the Champs Elysees wearing the famed Maillot Jaune.

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Stage Results: A strange Criterium du Dauphine got even stranger during stage seven as Chris Froome (Team Sky) put in a punishing attack to take out the stage.

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In-form Australian Richie Porte may face a huge new threat at next month’s Giro d’Italia in the form of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali.

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