Monday, 1 April 2013

Picture This: Vuelta al País Vasco: Carrot Time

The Tour of the Basque Country started today which can only mean one thing: It's carrot time! The orange clad Euskaltel Euskadi team are likely to be even more visible this week because of course this is their home tour. The Esukaltel team may have changed tactic in employing non-Basque riders this year, but the majority of the team are still Basque nationals and the spirit of the team is still very much Basque! I'm a big fan of the carrots and they come here, as suspected, with a very strong team including the likes of Samuel Sanchez and Igor Anton - the race is unlikely to be a complete orange domination though because it sports a serious start-list: Richie Porte, Thomas de Gendt, Andy Schleck, Teejay Van Garderen, Andrew Talansky, Nairo Quintana, Ryder Hesjedal, Romain Bardet, Jean-Christophe Peraud and of course Alberto Contador all line up at the start. Stay tuned for some stage previews and climb analysis throughout the week...

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