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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Vacansoleil-DCM

I wonder how badly Vacansoleil regrets Thomas DeGendt’s decision to schedule his wedding during this year’s Tour de France after his incredible stage victory and third-place finish in the Giro d’Italia. But life must go on and Vacansoliel has a Tour de France to complete—with or without the team’s exciting Belgian star. Like several teams … Continue reading

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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Saxo Bank-Tinkoff

Someone asked me if it’s harder to write previews for the teams with the best or the worst chances to make a big impact on the race. Let me illustrate the answer to this question with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank’s roster for the 2012 Tour de France: Jonathan Cantwell Juan Jose Haedo Karsten Kroon (1 Tour … Continue reading

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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Team Sky

Well, I had to go through 19 teams to get here, but I’m finally at the squad that I think will be taking the yellow jersey back to its service course on Monday, July 23rd. First, let me say on record that I was wrong about Bradley Wiggins (in my defense, I wasn’t alone). I … Continue reading

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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Saur-Sojasun

Despite failing to win a stage last year, Saur-Sojasun was likely invited back to this year’s Tour de France for the simple reason that the team contains one of the most promising your French stage racers not named Pierre Rolland. I’m referring of course, to Jerome Coppel. Coppel finished 14th in last year’s Tour de … Continue reading

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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Radio Shack-Nissan

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for RSNT so far this year as injuries, poor results, abandons, and a new doping investigation have the team limping into the Tour de France. That said, there are still some bright spots on a team that could perform better than the drama surrounding it might indicate. Let’s take … Continue reading

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Tour de France 2012 Team Preview: Rabobank

Rabobank’s endured a bit of a tough season so far.  In fact, Rabobank (the company) admitted that it hesitated before renewing its sponsorship agreement with the squad. But success at the Tour de France has a funny way of healing all wounds and Rabobank comes to this year’s race with several riders capable of at … Continue reading

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