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The Tour de Wallonie is a bit of a drop after the French Tour, but we still have all the action. The ”Top Story” is the dopers at the NY Gran Fondo, I couldn’t believe it, and we have other news from the Olympics and around the World of cycling. Some great videos today and the transfer season starts next week…rumours! Settle back with some EuroTrash Thursday coffee.

“Top Story”

Two EPO Positives at New York Gran Fondo
When I received the Press Release (see below), I couldn’t believe what I was reading; Gran Fondo or even fun riders taking EPO. The organisers of the New York Gran Fondo announced well before their event that they would be having doping controls run by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which at the time I thought was a waste of time, but no, two riders were found positive at the Gran Fondo in May.

I had heard rumours of drugged riders at Gran Fondo’s in Italy, the prizes there are very good and the teams are organised like pro team with car’s etc and they are quite often televised, so I can see why a rider might be tempted to take something, as there would be something to gain. But a Gran Fondo, I thought, was mostly a fun event, to ride with/against your mates or to emulate your Tour hero’s at the l’Etape du Tour, but to take EPO?

The other point of the press release that surprised me was; “the announcement of testing before the event kept away notorious cheaters.” So the organisers know that it’s out there and they have their suspicions about some riders, this tells you a lot.

I didn’t think there was anything about doping that would surprise me, but, there it is.

Gran Fondo NY 2012 by jameysong.

Tour de Wallonie 2012
Giacomo Nizzolo won Stage 3 in a sprint from a select group after his RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team set the young Italian up for the win in what could be called a miniature Liиge-Bastogne-Liиge, with climbs like the Cфte de Wanne, the Col de Stockeu, the Cфte de la Vecquйe and the Mont Theux. With the stage win also came the overall lead for Nizzolo from Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha).

“I’m very, very happy with this win,” Nizzolo told his teams web-site. “I was a bit angry yesterday, because I positioned badly in the sprint. The sensation in the legs was good, so I knew I had the shape to do something. The team was amazing today. Jakob (Fuglsang) kept on telling me I had to go as hard as I could on the last climbs, because it could end up in a sprint.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 3 Result:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan in 4:47:07
2. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha
3. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
4. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
5. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha
6. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
7. Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
8. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol
9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 3:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan in 13:53:49
2. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha at 0:01
4. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:09
5. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:10
6. Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:11
7. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator at 0:12
8. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s at 0:14
9. Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) won the bunch sprint for his second stage win in Oreye after 207 kilometres from Huy. Klaas Lodewyck (BMC) was 3rd on the stage, but the winner of the most aggressive rider classification at the Tour of Oman said he hesitated when he hit the front. “It was a perfect lead out but I think I waited one or two seconds too long and that made me lose the victory,” he said. “But I’m happy with third. Maybe tomorrow I can do better than this.” Lodewyck said he was told in the pre-race meeting the team would ride for him in the absence of Greg Van Avermaet, who left Monday for the Olympics. “I didn’t feel pressure, but I was happy I could do my own thing and the guys believed in me,” Lodewyck said. “So I tried to make the best of it. To start with a third place is not bad at all.”

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said Lodewyck’s result – and the BMC Racing Team’s second straight top 10 finish after Van Avermaet was 10th on Monday – was a good example of teamwork. “Today was a really good day for us,” Verbrugghe said. “I asked Adam and Steve to make the lead out for Klaas and they did a nice job. And before that, Johann Tschopp was trying to go in the early breaks.” Yannick Eijssen (26th) is the BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in the overall standings. He and Morabito are both 15 seconds back of race leader and Stage 3 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) with only Wednesday’s 179.2 km race to go. “Tomorrow, it will be a little bit the same as today,” Verbrugghe said. “Klaas’s shape is getting better and better, so we’ll try to do it exactly the same.”

Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) held the lead.

Tour de Wallonie Stage 4 Result:
1. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone in 5:15:48
2. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky
3. Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC
4. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
5. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
7. Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
8. Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole
9. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp
10. Julien Stassen (Bel) Idemasport-Biowanze

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 4:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan in 19:09:36
2. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:01
3. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha at 0:02
4. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:08
5. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:10
6. Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:12
7. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s at 0:13
8. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
9. Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:15
10. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-BigMat.

Stage 4:

Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) did it again in Stage 5 to Perwez, outsprinting Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) and Davide Appollonio (Sky). But Giacomo Nizzolo secured the overall classification on the last day after he took the yellow jersey on Monday. The 23 year old Italian sprinted to sixth place on the final stage. RadioShack-Nissan-Trek brings home the leader’s jersey, the mountain jersey and the jersey for best Young Rider.

The 179 km long stage between Welkenraedt and Perwez was destined to be a battlefield for the GC riders, with five riders within 10 seconds behind Nizzolo on the GC. Nizzolo: “It wasn’t easy to defend the jersey with such a short lead. We had three intermediate sprints with bonification seconds and it was to be expected that the fight for the overall win would be on until the finish line.”

Sports director Lars Michaelsen: “We were in for suspense until the finish line. The first two hours of the stage were very hectic, with the race situation changing several times. A lot of teams had an agenda for the stage and Lotto for Giacomo got third place in the first intermediate sprint, so he took one second there. Gianni Meersman, fourth in the GC, was second, so he took two second and was getting closer.”

After the second sprint proved irrelevant for the GC with breakaway riders taking the seconds, a breakaway of three riders was allowed up the road and gained minutes. RadioShack-Nissan controlled the gap together with other sprinters teams.

The sprint for the stage win was equally a sprint for the overall, with Gianni Meersman taking a close second place behind Napolitano (Acqua & Sapnoe), who took his third stage out of five in the Tour de Wallonie. Nizzolo finished sixth. “Jakob brought me up to the 1 km mark, while Ben and Matthew kept on keeping the pace very high. I managed to position myself well, behind Napolitano, but probably I went a bit too early for the legs that I had. Too bad, but the overall victory was the most important thing today.”

Giacomo Nizzolo: “I’m very happy with the win. I shows that all the training has paid of. When Daniele (Bennati) had to pull out of the race, I was allowed to sprint for myself and I’m happy I can pay back the trust that the team has given me. The guys have had to work a lot in these hot temperatures and hilly road, so this is above all a team victory.”

The Tour de Wallonie was a success for RadioShack-Nissan, with Laurent Didier taking home the climbers jersey and Giacomo Nizzolo also in first place in the Young Riders Classification.

Tour de Wallonie Stage 5 Result:
1. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone in 4:19:08
2. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol
3. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky
4. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp
5. Luke Rowe (GB) Sky
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
7. Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2r-La Mondiale
8. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
9. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s
10. Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 5:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan in 23:28:43
2. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:01
3. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:02
4. Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha at 0:03
5. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:11
6. Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony at 0:13
7. Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
8. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda’s at 0:14
9. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
10. Rйmi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-BigMat.

Here is the link to stage 5 on RTBF.

Tour de France 2012
It’s the Olympics up next, but we can still look back at the Tour, this is a documentary by the British TV station itv4, it shows the road Bradley Wiggins took to win:

Olympic News:

Chavanel for London Olympics
After his abandonment at the Tour de France before the final week with bronchitis, Sylvain Chavanel will be fit for the road race on Saturday and the time trial on Wednesday. The French time trial champion has been training normally since last week and is good to go. He will be joined by Arnaud Dйmare and Tony Gallopin for the road race and will be France’s sole representative for the race against the clock.

Chavanel wins the French TT:

Lampre-ISD at the Olympics
There will be also blue-fuchsia colours in the Olympic Games, Lampre-ISD will be represented by four members in London 2012. On Saturday July the 28th two cyclists by Lampre-ISD will take part in the road races: the Slovenian Grega Bole and The Ukrainian Dmytro Krivtsov.

In the Ukrainian team there will be mechanic Pavel Kunchenko too: his presence, with the one of Dmytro Krivtsov (in photo, with the Ukraina National Team technical director), is a very important step in the cooperation of blue-fuchsia team with the Ukrainian company ISD. In London there will be also Lampre-ISD’s technical director Roberto Damiani, who’ll be part of the UCI group that will manage the cars movement during the road races.

BMC Racing Team Sends Riders, Staff To Olympics
Press Release: The BMC Racing Team will send seven riders and six staff members to the Olympic Games in London, President Jim Ochowicz announced Monday.

Road Race and Time Trial Participants
BMC Racing Team riders participating in the 250-kilometer road race Saturday are Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Michael Schдr (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) and Tejay van Garderen (USA). Gilbert and Phinney will also represent their countries in the 44 km time trial on Aug. 1. Additionally, the BMC Racing Team will have four staffers working for the U.S. Olympic team: Michael Sayers (director), Kevin Grove and Ian Sherburne (mechanics) and Chris De Vos (soigneur). Working for the Belgian Olympic team will be manual therapists David Bombeke and Anthony Pauwels. “We’re proud of all our athletes and staff who have been selected to represent their national federations in London,” Ochowicz said. “We wish them all the best for a successful competition and to enjoy the Olympic experience.”

BMC TT prep:

British Cycling congratulates Sir Chris Hoy
Press Release: British Cycling would like to congratulate Sir Chris Hoy on being selected as the Team GB flag bearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Brian Cookson OBE, president of British Cycling, said: “To be selected as a flag bearer at any Olympic Games is a great honour but to be selected for the home Games is an extra special achievement and I’d like to personally congratulate Sir Chris. Chris has been an outstanding ambassador to the sport of cycling throughout his extensive career, and we’re proud that he is a fellow member of British Cycling. To have Chris carry the flag on behalf of Great Britain is another milestone in the success of cycling in Britain.”

Speaking of being selected as the Team GB flag bearer, Sir Chris Hoy said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been voted as the flag bearer for Team GB. To lead out your team at a home Olympics is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I can’t wait to experience in just a few days’ time.”

Sir Chris Hoy: Keirin Gold.

Other News:

Johan Vansummeren Raced with Cracked Verteba
The tall Belgian came down in the big crash on the road to Metz on stage. Many of his Garmin-Sharp team mates came down in the same incident and finished many minutes down putting many of them out of the overall running, most notably the Giro d’Italia winner; Ryder Hesjedal. At first it was thought Vansummeren had an injured shoulder, but after examinations on Tuesday it was discovered that he had a cracked vertebra. He still managed to ride the post-Tour criterium in Roeselare and is scheduled to start the Vuelta a Espaсa later in August.

Johan Vansummerin wins 2011 Paris-Roubaix:

Three More Years for Sorensen
Chris Anker Sorensen will be staying with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for at least the next three years, manager Bjarne Riis announced after the Tour de France. The brave Dane won the “Most Aggressive Rider” at the Tour even though he needed stitches in a hand injury. I’m really happy. I have had many good years on the team and I am sure that having a lot of good years ahead.”

Chris Anker Sorensen is bored!

No Van Avermaet for Vuelta
BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet will not be lining up in Pamplona for the start of La Vuelta a Espaсa. After he has ridden the Olympic road race he will start the Eneco Tour and then some one day races before the World championships in Valkenburg. The Belgian thinks the Vuelta route is too hard for Worlds preparation and will take part in the San Sebastian Classic, Plouay and Hamburg before the Canadian races in Quebec and Montreal.

Greg wins 2011 Paris-Tours:

Kessiakoff Stay’s with Astana?
Swedish rider Fredrick Kessiakoff is in negotiations with his present team; Astana, but he says nothing is signed yet. Kessiakoff battled against Thomas Voeckler for the King of the Mountains prize at the Tour de France, but the Frenchman came off best in the end.

Roche to Saxo/Tinkoff?
Yet another rumour doing the rounds at the moment is that Nico Roche will be leaving Ag2r-La Mondiale after four years to ride alongside Alberto Contador at Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. Roche has always ridden for French teams since he was a stagiaire with Cofidis at the end of 2004 followed by two years with the team before moving to Crйdit Agricole and then Ag2r-La Mondiale in 2009. Of course nothing can be announced before the 1st of August.

Euskaltel-Euskadi for Three More Years
The Basque team have announced that they will be in the pro peloton for at least the next three years and intend to stay in the UCI WorldTour. As was earlier announced the management team will change, the team will not be run by the Euskadi Foundation, but by Pro Cycling Team Basque with Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano as general manager. Many of the present team will be staying; Samuel Sanchez and Igor Antуn amongst them, but riders from outside the Basque/Euskadi area are for the first time to be considered for places. The rumour that Festina are to be a co-sponsor is at the moment…just rumour.

The “Orange” team:

Kelderman with Rabobank one more year
Press Release: The revelation of the Dauphinй, Wilco Kelderman, has extended his contract with the Rabobank Cycling Team for one more year. The contract with this young talent will now last up to and including 2014. Technical director Erik Breukink is pleased with the extension: “We’re glad that he’s chosen us.”

Wilco Kelderman had a contract up to and including 2013; that has now been amended and extended by one year. Kelderman: “Last year I moved up from the continental team to the pro team. The first half of the year was all about settling in, but I’ve been well taken care of and now feel super comfortable. The Rabobank Cycling Team is the biggest team in the Netherlands – I’m very happy to be riding for them. This extension expresses a lot of faith – that is good for me.”

Erik Breukink is pleased with the contract extension for this highly talented rider. “Wilco is a talent that we are keen to help advance in his development. He’s already shown some nice results on the road (he won the white jersey in both the Tour of California and the Critйrium du Dauphinй), but he’s still at the beginning of his career. We are happy that he has chosen to extend his stay with us.”

Here’s Wilco:

Two Positive for EPO at NY Grand Fondo
Press Release: Two cyclists tested positive for EPO at Gran Fondo New York on May 20, 2012. David Anthony of New York City admitted today to having used the drug to enhance his performance at bike races. The other rider who tested positive is awaiting the result of the B sample. As soon as appropriate, Gran Fondo New York will comment further on the second case.

“Of course we were shocked to hear the news on the positive tests, in particular given the use of EPO. EPO is a blood boosting drug that has to be injected and is not a simple over the counter product,” says Gran Fondo New York CEO Ulrich Fluhme. “Doping control helps clean riders have fair competition. We believe that we came closer to achieving that by introducing out-of-competition (OOC) and in-competiton (IC) testing. All our OOC tests came back negative as did the vast majority of IC tests. Plus, the announcement of testing before the event kept away notorious cheaters.”

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was onsite in Weehawken, NJ, the finish site of Gran Fondo New York, on May 20, 2012 and conducted the testing. Gran Fondo New York appointed USADA to perform urine testing for both OOC and IC testing on its behalf. All doping control tests were conducted in accordance with the USA Anti-Doping Rules, which are in accord with World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standard for Testing.

In his statement issued on NYVelocity.com Anthony says: “I was using ways to improve my performance that were cheating. This was something that I alone did, and I take responsibility for it. My team, coaches and friends had absolutely no knowledge or participation in this.”

“I hope he takes the chance to help fight doping,” adds Gran Fondo New York President Lidia Fluhme. “He’s done the first step: not fighting the test result. Now he has the opportunity to apologize to his rivals as well as reveal his suppliers and anyone else involved. While we will never again allow him to participate in Gran Fondo New York, we’re inviting him for a Q&A with other athletes provided he does all of the above. Instead of just admitting it and going away from cycling, we hope he can become an outspoken advocate against doping, help cyclists who are doping to stop doping, and raise money for doping control programs at local races.”

Five thousand cyclists from 72 countries took part at the second annual Gran Fondo New York International (“GFNY”) on May 20, 2012. The event was preceded by the NYC Bike Expo, a two day exposition of all things road cycling in the heart of Manhattan with an attendance of 15,000 people. GFNY raised money for Operation Smile, a charity that provides children with facial deformities a normal life through surgery.

Excitement Builds for the Haute Route 2012
– Four weeks to go to the start of the second edition of the Haute Route
– Riders can share their training and preparation news via the Haute Route’s new online online community network: https://community.hauteroute.org/
– The official Haute Route magazine available soon in hard copy and online
– Compex and Bio-Racer join the Haute Route family of Official Suppliers

Press Release: With professional cycling hitting the international headlines and fantastic images of Alpine scenery featured on TV screens across the globe, thousands of cycling enthusiasts can only dream of experiencing cycling the Alps as part of a peloton. But, in just under 30 days time, 600 amateur riders will take to the start line of the Haute Route and experience first hand the highs and lows of an epic multiday cycling and human adventure.

Participants and the organisers, OC Sport, are raring to go for the second edition of the World’s Toughest and Highest Cyclosportive, starting from the heart of Geneva on Sunday, 19th August 2012.

Training has stepped up a gear in these final four weeks for the cyclists from 33 different nationalities that will face some of the most famous and equally intimidating cols of the Alps during seven consecutive days. The organisers have now launched a new online riders’ community network featuring profiles and training information of how the participants are shaping up as the event approaches, as well as following their triumphs and misfortunes during the race.

The site is integrated with major training networks and social media sites, offering a one-stop hub of information for both fans and riders of the sell out race. Join the Haute Route riders’ community and get involved online at https://community.hauteroute.org/.

The official Haute Route magazine is also hot off the press and will be available for riders and media, and distributed throughout the cities and resorts visited by the Haute Route in the coming few weeks. The 48-page publication features content in both English and French, with stunning photography from last year’s event, profiles of the host venues, and of course information about the infamous climbs that the riders will face. An online version will be available too, via the official Haute Route website.

One of the aims of the Haute Route is to give the experience of professional cyclists to a peloton of amateur riders. The high quality services that are provided to the participants are a key ingredient to the race’s success, and OC Sport pride themselves on delivering a premium package to those taking part. Integral to this is the valued support of the Haute Route partners’ family, which is continually expanding as brands choose to be associated with this unique cyclosportive.

Compex, a global leader in electro muscle stimulation for athletes, will have a professional team available to give valuable advice and service at a Compex recovery booth after every stage of the race. The opportunity to test the brand new Compex Wireless, the first cableless muscle stimulator in the world, will be given to riders along with advice on how to integrate muscle stimulation into their training. A special discount will also be available to participants.

Upon partnering with the Haute Route, Caroline Dupouy from Compex commented: “For years, the Compex teams have taken part in various sports events, in order to let sportsmen and women discover the benefits of electro muscle stimulation. This year, we have decided to participate in the epic adventure of the Haute Route in order to offer our expertise to the cyclists. Why choose the Haute Route? Simply to enable amateur cyclists to have access to the same technology as the professional ones.” More information about Compex and their range of muscle stimulation technology is available here (https://www.compex.info/en_EU/index.html).

Each participant will receive a full set of Haute Route cycling kit to wear at the event, provided by clothing partner Bio-Racer. Their jerseys have been worn by many medal winning and podium conquering athletes and will provide the Haute Route riders with not only the comfortable and technical clothing they’ll need for the tough ascents, but also a valuable souvenir of their participation in the event.

Bio-Racer CEO Peter Croonen explained their incentive for becoming involved: “The Haute Route is a very high level event which is the dream of many of us: to live our passion and the magic of cycling in such a legendary setting, and to push our own limits. The ambition of Bio-Racer is to use the best thermal, aerodynamic and aquadynamic textiles to meet the needs the best riders in the world. Our clothes are Race Proven and approved by the champions!” More details about Bio-Racer are available here (https://www.bioracer.com/startpage.aspx).

Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba: Pedalling has Never Tasted so Good!
Press Release: At the Palagusto specialties from the Ladino tradition Arabba (BL), 23 July, 2012 – Not just cycling! Following tradition, once again this year the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba will offer our guests, participants and company a tasty itinerary of mountain flavours.

At the end of the race, in fact, at the Palagusto set up for the occasion in the centre of Arabba, you can taste a right proper lunch based on typical products from the Ladino tradition accompanied by excellent DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene sparkling wine. Choose between two alternatives: the classic Pasta Party or the Menщ Ladino, which is a single dish featuring “a salad of tepid canederlo on local cabbage seasoned with beef goulash” plus, for dessert, “apple strudel or forest berry pie”. Everything is prepared and served thanks to the priceless support of Olis professional kitchens.

“The Palagusto is one of the peculiarities of the Dolomiti Classic-TMC-Arabba and a source of great pride,” explains Michela Lezuo, President of Arabba Fodom Tourism, committed first hand in organising the culinary part of the event. “We specifically wanted to surpass the logic of the Pasta Party, giving extra impulse to the tourism aspect within the sporting event and at the same time guaranteeing the athletes the added benefit of a sophisticated meal.”
Marvelous Dolomite scenery, cycling and good taste: what more could you ask for?

Palagusto Operating schedule:
Arabba, Saturday, 08 September
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: welcome cocktail
Arabba, Sunday, 09 September:
6:30 – 8:30 a.m.: bicyclers’ breakfast
12:00 – 5:30 p.m.: post-race lunch.

Roads to Glory Cycling Guide – ALPS – How to Climb
Another sneak peek at the “Roads to Glory” from cyclefim.com. Inspirational Cycle Guide and Route Recon designed for indoor training. The Ride Recon follows the 2012 L’Etape du Tour Route Acte 1: Albertville – La Toussuire, 140km featuring Col de la Madeleine, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Mollard, La Toussuire.

Limited Edition DVD available from: https://www.cyclefilm.com.shop.

DOWNLOAD available from: https://www.e-junkie.com/cyclefilm.

How to get Bottles from BMC!
This is BMC’s Adam Blythe in the Tour de Wallonie trying to get bottles from the team car on a narrow road, not the easiest of tasks. Very interesting to see how it’s done from behind the scenes or steering wheel.

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