Tour de Romandie preview

The Tour de Romandie – a six-day stage race which runs from Tuesday 24th April until Sunday 29th April – started in 1947 in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Swiss Cycling Federation. Due to its varied parcours it’s long been used for fine-tuning form ahead of the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. It’s also an excellent opportunity to see who’s in form, and who’s not.

It’s a WorldTour event, and Switzerland’s largest race after the Tour de Suisse, so all the ProTeams will be riding in its 66th edition, along with wild-card invitees Saur-Sojasun and Europcar. A quick scan of the event’s history shows that many of the sport’s greatest names have won here, including Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Laurent Jalabert and three-time winner Stephen Roche. Continue reading

What’s happening in April?

Welcome to our preview of what’s happening in the world of road cycling in April. With the first of this year’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, just around the corner, this is a busy month for the professional peloton, featuring no fewer than seven WorldTour events – five one-day Classics (including three of the five ‘monuments’) and two six-day stage races – comprising exactly a quarter of the 28 WorldTour races for 2012. Continue reading