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The Tour of Britain on our doorsteps!

While a lot of the big players in road cycling are reaching the business end of the Vuelta a Espana, some of the other top riders in the world are currently in the UK competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, which started yesterday. Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins are both racing, Wiggins is spearheading his newly formed ‘Team Wiggins’ which will no doubt please the crowds on the stages that take in some of the great sites of Britain this week. Mark Cavendish (winner of 10 stages in the Tour of Britain already) is also competing and hoping to take the race by storm. However just to spice things up Andre Greipel, who was Mark’s nemesis on the Tour...

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DAY 21 - The final stage! At last the riders make it to Paris

Today the Tour de France 2015 comes to its final stage. For the majority of the peleton today is largely a ceremonial stage, cruising the 109km into Paris for the final celebrations. There is a gentleman’s understanding that the rider in the yellow jersey after yesterday’s stage is the winner, and no-one will challenge this. But for the sprinters in the teams, winning on this final stage on the Champs-Élysées is the highlight of their tour. Since 1975 the race has finished on the Champs-Elysées, before that it spent seven years at the ‘Cipale’ velodrome in the South East of Paris. Prior to that from 1903 until 1967, it finished at the Parc des Princes velodrome, home now to Paris...

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DAY 2 - A little more about Mark Cavendish the greatest ever sprinter of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish is probably one of the best known riders in the Tour de France this year. At only 30 years old he has had huge success as a rider both on the road and track. Born in Douglas, in the Isle of Man, he began his cycling career on a BMX but was soon competing for GB on the track, racing at both the 2005 and 2008 track worlds, and the Beijing Olympics. The last few years have seen him commit to the roads, and he is one of the most successful sprinters ever to be part of the peloton. When it comes to the Tour de France, he has some incredible records and stats against his name. He is...

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DAY 1 - Who are the British riders in the 2015 Tour de France?

This year sees 10 British riders in Saturdays starting list, the most British riders since 1955. Last year only 4 British riders took part, with just 1 making it to the last stage in Paris. So its great to see such an increase. As expected Sky has the most British riders, and has Chris Froome heading up a team that includes Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard & Peter Kennaugh.  Fresh from his National Championships win, Peter Kannaugh could easily cause some upset to his Isle of Man Buddy Mark Cavendish on some of the sprint finish stages. Also riding of course is Cavendish. Mark has won an amazing 25 stages throughout the tours he has raced in in the last few...

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