Reblog cycling weekly – gearing up for the tours

From cycling weekly

The general classification at the Tour de Romandie is set to be hard fought with several Grand Tour contenders lining up

Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) step up their Tour de France preparations at the Tour de Romandie this week as a number of Grand Tour favourites line up for the Swiss race.

Quintana returns for his third European stage race of the year, having won the Volta a Catalunya and finished third at both the Tour de San Luis and Tour of the Basque Country.

Froome, a two-time winner of this race, leads a strong Sky team, featuring Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski and Ian Stannard.
The Brit finished third here last year after a lacklustre final time trial, which saw Katusha duo Ilnur Zakarin and Simon Spilak take the top steps on the podium.
Zakarin returns to defend his title with an eye on honing his form for next month’s Giro d’Italia, while Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) will also have the same target.



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