Reblogging this saves me writing one and covering the same ground twice!
It’s mid-February and the cycling season is slowly starting to warm up. Recent races have placed the spotlight upon the sprinters and classics riders, but we should now start to see some of the climbers and GC riders come to the fore. This week has the 2.HC Tour of Oman, the 2.1 Vuelta a Andalucia, the 2.1 Volta ao Algarve, the 1.1 Trofeo Laigueglia and the 2.1 Tour du Haut Var, all races with plenty of climbing. It’s true that the major targets for the climbers are still far off, races such as the Ardennes Classics and the Giro d’Italia, never mind the Tour de France, so the riders are still early in their fitness programs, however with Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico rapidly approaching, anyone hoping for success there must be in decent condition at this stage, which sets us up for a good week of racing.
This will be the…
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