articles by Alekh Agrawal

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Tour de France 2018: From Team Sky's dominance to Geraint Thomas' popularity, takeaways from this year's race

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France 2018. We take a look at 10 takeaways from the race; some new, some reinforcing the old, but all that will impact the race and cycling in 2019

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Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas' transformation from precocious talent to a champion was worth its wait

A new name was added to the list of Tour de France winners last Sunday, when Geraint Thomas won the 105th edition of the race

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Tour de France: Geraint Thomas’ win signals Team Sky were more dominant than ever despite tough, abrasive route

After Geraint Thomas won the 105th Tour de France, we analyse the three action-packed weeks, in what was one of the most hard-fought race of recent years.

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Tour de France 2018: Movistar's Nairo Quintana runs textbook perfect race as Chris Froome cracks under pressure

It was Quintana who rode a courageous solo attack over the final climb, to earn a much deserved stage victory. This being the highest climb of this year’s route, meant the Colombian also earned the Souvenir Henri Desgrange for his efforts.

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Tour de France: From training methods to expensive technology, understanding factors behind Team Sky’s rise

Having seen Team Sky’s dominance since the start of the 2018 Tour de France, we take a look at the factors which have made Team Sky such a formidable force in a short span of time

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Tour de France 2018: With favourites crashing out, Geraint Thomas and Team Sky continue march towards title

Stages 10, 11 and 12 created the intended havoc, upsetting many race favourites leading Team Sky to emerge all-powerful with their riders occupying the top two places.

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Tour de France: Why Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and other sprinters had a premature end to 2018 race

How can established pros and multiple stage winners like Cavendish not be able to finish within the time limit? Here's why:

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Tour de France 2018: From riders’ diet to rigorous rest-day routines, all you need to know about life during the race

With another edition of the Tour de France underway, here are the answers to some FAQs regarding the race and its history.

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Tour de France 2018: From Richie Porte's premature end to Chris Froome's comeback and other talking points

At the end of a hard week of racing, the Tour is evenly poised with no single rider having a distinct advantage, and all but one of the top contenders still in the race.

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Tour de France 2018: From L’Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux, look at the most scenic, difficult and famous climbs of race

Here's the preview of the five most scenic, difficult and famous climbs that are an integral part of the Tour de France and have attained legendary status.

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Tour de France 2018: Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin lead challengers to Chris Froome’s throne at 105th edition

Froome is not coming to the Tour this year in ideal conditions.His legal troubles notwithstanding, defeating the Brit cyclist will not be easy as he demonstrated in the Giro recently.

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Tour de France: From veteran Richie Porte to driven Mikel Landa, riders who can stun Chris Froome in 2018

After Chris Froome's shaky victory this time around, Firstpost looks at five riders who have the potential to end the Sky rider's juggernaut next year.

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome wins 4th title despite open course, big-name crashes played spoilsport

Route, rivals and ravines — nothing could stop Chris Froome from winning his third Tour de France on the trot and fourth in five years.

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Tour de France 2017: Marseille time trial last chance for Romain Bardet, Rigoberto Uran to outperform Chris Froome

International Time Trial is the last opportunity for Bardet and Uran to outperform Froome, so it will be interesting to know if it is likely to happen.

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome is vulnerable, but his challengers need to step up to dethrone him

With the toughest Alpine climbs coming in the last week, here's our analysis on what lays in store for the riders, particularly Chris Froome.

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Tour de France 2017: Edge-of-seat finishes, battle for yellow jersey and other talking points from Week 2

With the yellow jersey itself changing shoulders twice within a span of six days, no rider had the luxury to cruise in the second week of Tour de France, and that meant an action-packed week for fans.

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Tour de France 2017: From 'favourite' Chris Froome to unlucky Richie Porte, here's a review of contenders

We are just past the halfway stage in 2017 Tour de France and it would be therefore apt for us to review how the pre-race favourites have performed compared to the expectations of the media and the fans.

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Tour de France 2017: From not racing during last stage to forming 'groupetto', here are some uncommon rules

Here is an essential guide to the ‘not-so-common’ rules a Tour de France fan needs to know, starting with the unofficial commandments.

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Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel and team Sky top rankings in a week marred with crashes

The biggest winner from the first week is definitely Marcel Kittel. The German sprinter has won three of the nine stages in impressive fashion.

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Tour de France 2017: From Peloton to Flamme Rouge, a look at jargons from cycling's mega event

Here is a short crash course on some terms and etiquette from Le Tour de France (disclaimer: few terms are not unique to this race, but apply generally across cycling).