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  1. How The Race Was Worn: Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5

    Text: Ian Fleck | Fotografie: Graham Watson | Datum:

    Epic conditions on stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico, tested mind, mettle and performance fabrics on Sunday. The Terminillo climb (1600m) and the blizzard that engulfed it meant that riders had to cope with -1°C on a day that blew the General Classification wide open. Despite freezing conditions, some riders braved it with fingerless gloves – and we salute you. Ian Stannard could be seen sporting Rapha Pro Team Softshell Arm and Knee Warmers which are new for this season, and specifically designed to keep riders warm and dry when the weather turns foul. No better time to put our racewear for testing conditions to the absolute test.

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  2. Wiggins’ World Champion Wool

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    For Bradley Wiggins’ last-ever Paris-Nice, Rapha have designed an official Team Sky, custom-made warm up kit. Inspired by the peloton style the 1960s and ’70s, and decorated with the world championship stripes that he won last season, it will have a more classic look and feel than the more ordinary team tracksuits, but still using merino wool and race-cut tailoring.

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  3. How The Race Was Worn: 1-2 Knockout in the Loire

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    Team Sky put on a masterclass in tactical and athletic prowess on stage 4 of Paris-Nice: Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas finishing with an emphatic one-two knockout on the 1200m summit finish. After Norweigan Lars Petter Nordhaug drove the group from the bottom of the the Croix de Chaubouret in the Loire, new boy Nicolas Roche took control, putting in a big effort to help distance Andrew Talansky (Garmin Cannondale), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo).

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  4. Double Stannards

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    Standing in the middle of a media scrum after Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a noticeably aggrieved Patrick Lefevere, manager of Etixx-Quick Step, complained that the day’s winner, Ian Stannard (Sky), had sat in the race’s “box seat” for over 30km – the implication being that Stannard only enjoyed the show, and hadn’t played a starring role. Lefevere’s lament doesn’t do justice to the Essex boy’s shrewd racing and raw power – nor does it acknowledge that even if Stannard had the box seat, it was Lefevere’s riders who booked his tickets, showed him to that seat, and all but paid his bar tab, too.

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  5. Iberia Express

    Text: Ian Fleck | Fotografie: Graham Watson | Datum:

    As the European racing season sets off, Team Sky are proving how well off-season training went. Geraint Thomas won in Portugal – at the Volta ao Algarve – holding onto a lead established with an outstanding solo attack on stage two, finishing just three seconds behind Tony Martin in the time trial and carefully seeing out the remaining stages.

    Meanwhile, over the border, Christopher Froome was found to be in fine form at the Ruta del Sol. Stage four of the race in Andalusia saw Froome drop his rival – Alberto Contador – on the 20%-slopes of the day’s final climb.

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  6. Nicolas Roche Interview

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    Rapha’s developers spend three hours with each rider, working their way through every aspect of the rider’s needs and preferences. We caught up with Nico as he trained with the team in Mallorca to ask him about his kit, the fit, and his plans for the year ahead.

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