Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Looking to July

The InnerRing blog sums up a lot of what probably most of us felt about this year's Giro. To read the full post go to:

I found the Giro a mixed race, for me the death of Wouter Weylandt clouded everything and wish his family, friends and team mates well. Other moments of the race saw a dominant Contador and I know many are impressed but me, well I prefer more of a scrap between the contenders. Anyway, with the Giro d’Italia over, focus now turns to upcoming races.

Many races in June share a common theme, the results are there to be viewed against the backdrop of the Tour de France. Can form in the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race starting this weekend last into the back of July? Can riders dominant in Europe’s fourth longest race, the Tour de Suisse also stay fresh for Le Tour?

It’s a pity in a way as this month sees some great races in its own right. The Dauphiné is typical, a week long mini Tour de France with something for the sprinters and the climbers, not to mention a time trial stage with an identical route to that used in the Tour de France a month later. If organisers worry their races are used as mere training events, it seems some are also actively encouraging participants to test themselves in view of July.

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