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Cycle Sport November: out now

Cycle Sport November is out now, and it’s packed with excellent writing, stunning photography, expert analysis, incisive opinion and snarky banter.

Blog: the Vu-hell-ta a Espana

After a disastrous Vuelta in 2010, Andy McGrath vowed never to return. He’s back this year.

Xavier Tondo interview: Passport to freedom

Spanish rider Xavier Tondo is a new hero of the anti-doping movement following his role in the recent police raids in Girona. We interviewed Tondo following his incredible Tour of Spain in 2010, for Cycle Sport November.

Grand Tour Doubles – Introduction

Grand Tour Double Jersey

It’s the ultimate stage racing achievement — winning two Grand Tours in the space of a single season. Cycle Sport takes a look at the exclusive club that includes Eddy Merckx, Alberto Contador and Marco Pantani

Grand Tour Doubles – Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Just when we thought that winning two Grand Tours in a season had gone out of fashion like denim-look cycling shorts and helmet-and-ponytail combinations, Alberto Contador popped up this year to become the ninth, and hopefully not the last, to join the double Grand Tour winners’ club

Grand Tour Doubles – Marco Pantani

Marco Pantani 1998 TOUR DE FRANCE

Marco Pantani was a legend; a climbing genius; an extraordinary and complicated character; a painfully shy and awkward individual whose extrovert riding style was inversely proportionate to his inability to relate to people; a doper; a cheat; and a victim.
In taking enough EPO to transform himself from an already gifted climber into a double Grand Tour winner during the late

Grand Tour Doubles – Miguel Indurain

Miguel Indurain

Miguel Indurain’s Grand Tour-winning method was a more generous, less explosive version of the template Lance Armstrong used for his seven Tour de France wins.
Both used the long time trials to kill off the opposition, then rode at the front in the mountain stages. But while Armstrong had a big appetite for stage victories, Indurain was happy to spread the

Grand Tour Doubles – Stephen Roche

Stephen Roche

Irishman Stephen Roche distilled a career’s worth of big wins into one season, winning the Giro, Tour and World Championships in 1987.
Roche took the first part of his Grand Tour double in Italy, amid scenes which walked a fine line between drama, farce and comedy.
The Giro organisers showed they had both a sense of humour and a flagrant disregard for health

Grand Tour Doubles – Giovanni Battaglin

Giovanni Battaglin

Compared to every other rider to have won two Grand Tours in a single season, Giovanni Battaglin is relatively unknown. Perhaps it’s because he never shone in the Tour de France — in five starts, he finished only once, in sixth place in 1979 (when he also won the climbers’ classification).
But he was the Grand Tour rider of 1981, and

Grand Tour Doubles – Fausto Coppi

Fausto Coppi Tour de France 1952

Fausto Coppi’s legend was created as much by the florid language of the newspaper journalists and the radio broadcasters of the day as the legs and lungs of the man himself.
That is not to say that Coppi was not an awesome man, of course he was, the first modern champion and first to win the Giro and the Tour in