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SUMMARY Richmond Park road cyclists in winter – via Flickr Creative Commons “Rather than leaving the sport embittered and disenfranchised, we leave it proud and…

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Richmond Park road cyclists in winter – via Flickr Creative Commons “Rather than leaving the sport embittered and disenfranchised, we leave it proud and on our terms”: Ribble Weldtite issue statement on team’s demise Giro 2014 Stage 2 Marcel Kittel wins in Belfast – picture credit LaPresse I think it’s fair to say that on road.cc in recent weeks we’ve been fairly critical of grand tour organisers who – in the face of the current climate crisis – insist on incorporating mammoth transfers as part of their routes, as well as featuring an increasing number of far-flung, and lucrative, foreign starts.

For example, on Tuesday we reported on the blog that Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport received quite a bit of flak for moving the finale of next year’s race to Rome (link is external) , necessitating a 750km transfer from the penultimate stage in the far north-east of Italy, for a few ceremonial laps of the capital.

Of course, the Giro isn’t the only grand tour guilty of ignoring the pleas of environmental activists: each of the big three-week races began outside of their respective home countries in 2022 , to the extent that all three events required early ‘travel days’ to facilitate the long journey back home following a money-spinning opening weekend. Then the news broke last night that the Irish government and Northern Ireland executive have submitted an expression of interest to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France , with 2026 and 2027 pencilled […]

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