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2017 Season - We're Off!
By Lorna Feb 21, 2017 8:28:53 PM Comments

It seems every year that the Pro Cycling scene gets bigger, better and even more global. From the races that start the season such as the Tour Down Under, to the more traditional European races such as Etoile des Besseges - riders seems to be globe trotting in search of their next race. It's a great thing that riders can pretty much race anywhere on the planet now and this can only be a good things for people and for those that are involved in the sport, from sponsors right through to the riders themselves.

We're a little over a month into the 2017 season so far and what a start it's been. Richie Porte was a dominant force in the Tour Down Under and will no doubt be looking to bring that form into his European campaign that starts shortly. Paris Nice looks like being a great race this year and the Race to the Sun as it's affectionally known as is always a hard race. This is very much on the aims and objectives list for Porte and his BMC team as victory here would ease any pressure and allow for a more tranquil build up to the Tour de France later in the year.

It was interesting to hear that Geriant Thomas will be going all out to target the overall GC at this years Giro d'Italia alongside his Spanish teammate Landa. Team Sky have had something of a difficult time at the Giro since their inception back in 2010 and sending 'G' and Landa there to aim for GC is a decision that will not have been made lightly. For Landa this is an important race, as to date he has not really lived up to the exceptions that Sky would have expected from him. For G on the other hand, this is his first time in leading a team at a grand tour and it will be interesting to watch how he handles himself and his team mates.

The Spanish veteran Alejando Valverde is always one of the most constant riders in the pro peloton and has started his 2017 campaign in imperious form, recently winning the opening stage of the Ruta Del Sol. At 36 years old Valverde has been around for some time and truly is a remarkable athlete and seems to be winning from February right through to October. This year at Movistar the pint sized Colombian Quintana looks set to head the team at both the Giro and also the Tour and this will be something of real interest for cycling fans. No rider since the late Marco Pantani has won both races in the same year and this was some 18 years ago since this happened.

Looking ahead for Arrivée - we are now only approximately 4 weeks away from launching our new website and online store and things are moving along nicely. If you are a regular reader of our blog please do also interact with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages. It's always good to see what other riders have been up to on their rides and what kit, bikes and gear that they like to use. After all, we are all cycling fans at heart!

Thanks for reading,

Safe riding,

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