Kristian House Rapha Condor Recycling 2008

Kristian House clearly means business as he goes about the task of defending his king of the mountains jersey in the Tour du Loir-et-Cher in France.

The Rapha-Condor-Recycling rider stretched his lead in the competition on Thursday's second stage and news from France is that he's won the first climb of today's third stage too.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.