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Tour de France route jeopardised after massive floods – landslides in the Pyrenees, South of France.

News just in and the videos below show the extent of the damage to the region and roads the Tour de France will use in late July 2018. The landslide on the Col d’Aubisque was caused by the deluge in the region which has also resulted in major flooding, bridges, towns have been reported washed away.

The sections of road affected are the final mountain climbs of this years 200km “Queens stage19” of the Tour de France. The region is no stranger to this type of damage as the heavy rains and snowmelt combine. 2013, the backside of the Col du Tourmalet road wash completely destroyed from a flash flood. Initial reports are suggesting the western side of the Col du Tourmalet and Lourdes may again have copped the brunt of the damage in these recent heavy rains and floods.

We’ll keep you posted as more information comes in from the Pyrenees in the south of France.

Col d’Aubisque

 

This second Video from France3 show the  extent of the damage to Lourdes, the first images of the Lourdes Cathedral, grotto etc (It’s 17min long no need to watch all ;-))

We hope all our friends in the region are safe and well.

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More soon.
Ciao Pat, Grace and the Team

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10 riders to watch at the 2018 Giro d’Italia.

Ciao! The wait is finally over, the 2018 Giro d’Italia is here. The first Grand Tour of the season, the 101st Giro d’Italia starts today in Jerusalem.

The Giro d’Italia is an exciting time each year as we transition from the powerful Spring Classics races, to the Grand Tours. We enjoy this part of the season as we all get our first glimpse of how the General Classification riders will go at this year’s Grand Tours. In recent additions, the Giro d’Italia has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable races of each year. With the fantastic line up of riders appearing at the 2018 Giro d’Italia, we expect this to be one of the best Giro’s we’ve seen yet.

To see the official start list for all the teams/riders at the 2018 Giro d’Italia – click here: Starters_List

Giro d'Italia

There are some great pre Giro d’Italia productions rolling in, we’ve attached a couple below. First up, the ever smiling crowd favourite and genuine nice guy – Esteban Chaves talks about his love for Italy and the Giro d’Italia. How can you not love the guy? He’s such warm character off the bike and in front of the camera. Recent form suggests he’s back to his best and a real chance to stand on the podium in Rome.

Second, clip from GCN looks at 10 Riders to watch at the Giro, it includes the GC riders, sprinters and stage specialists.

It’s time to start planning your trip to experience the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Travel in comfort, ride the great roads and maximise your Italian – Giro d’Italia experience with our team of Giro, Italian experts. We’ll follow the final 10-12 days of the 2019 Giro. If you have any questions or queries – cycling or non-cycling give us a call or send an email.

Our Advance Booking page is open for 2019 Click Here

Forza – Enjoy your weekend emulating your favourite Giro d’Italia rider.

 

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Strada Bianchi “The White Roads” of Italy.

The Strada Bianchi, “White Roads”, Spring Classics mens and womens races are a favourite of ours, they are this coming weekend. The 184km race for the men, 136km for the women start and finish in Siena, Italy.

The normally 68km of white dirt roads for the men, 30km for the women are white for an entirely different reason this year, (watch the video below). “The Beast from the East” storm that has covered much of Europe in a cold snap this week, has blanketed parts of the course in Siena in snow. Sources say, it’s even snowed as far down as the beaches of Corsica.

Sections of the race to watch closely this year include: gravel Sector 8, the Ponte del Garbo (Asciano)  at 11.5km it’s the hardest of the race, it’s mostly uphill with tough punchy hills, the most important section being the Monte Sante Marie, which climbs steep gradients and sharp descents over short distances.

the last sector 11, is 1.1km it features a sequence of demanding descents, followed by a very punchy climb (18% max), that ends up at the Tolfe. Only 12km from the finish, the strongest riders that are left in the select final group will make their move here.

The final Km, the race route passes under the Fontebranda Gate, where the road surface becomes cobbled. The gradient exceeds 10% until 500m from the finish line, reaching its high point at 16% in Via Santa Caterina. With 300m to go, the road continues to climb slightly. The route then enters the Piazza del Campo just 70m from home, the final 30m descends slightly then the finish line itself is flat.

The technically strong riders to watch this year include: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), three-time men’s elite cyclocross world champion and 2015 Strade Bianchi winner Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), and current cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step), and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

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