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Switzerland

Switzerland

Tour de France stage 16: a Throw Wins it for Sagan

The Tour entered Berne, Switzerland for the first of two stages.   Covered tram lines in the final straightaway.     Andrea and I lucked out and were given passes to watch the stage from the technical zone. This is one of my favorite places at the Tour because it’s the fascinating logistics hub and it … Continue reading »

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2015 Giro stage 19

I’ve been lucky enough see some truly beautiful places but I was not at all prepared for today’s Giro stage. Studying the map, I knew that the Matterhorn was just over the Swiss border from stage 19’s arrival in Cervinia, Italy, but I hadn’t realized that the Matterhorn would be plainly visible, let alone looming … Continue reading »

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2015 Giro stage 18

For the Giro’s final day in Switzerland, the 170km stage started in Melide, just a short drive from yesterday’s sprint finish in Lugano. Andrea and I are planning to catch the rest of the race on the climbs and at the finale in Milan, so I got my banner our for our last sign on. … Continue reading »

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2015 Giro stage 17

After yesterday’s summit finish at Aprica, Andrea and I sat in traffic for a good while (though it was child’s play by Tour de France traffic standards). In order to reach Lugano, Switzerland, we pretty much drove the stage 17 race route and our jaws were on the floor the entire way, admiring the stunning … Continue reading »

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Tour du Mont Blanc day 3

The last day of our trip promised to be the longest and hardest yet. Each morning I’d wake up with stiff calves but after 5 minutes of hiking, my legs relaxed and felt fresh and new again.   Morning mountains.   In the sun, it was warm but in the shade, it was awfully cold! … Continue reading »

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Tour du Mont Blanc day 2

Yesterday’s hike concluded with a steep climb up from Trient to Col de la Forclaz. We took a trail rather than hike on the road, but in case you’re wondering what I mean when I say “steep,” Col de la Forclaz is the penultimate climb in this coming Saturday’s stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. … Continue reading »

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Tour du Mont Blanc day 1

My ears perked up.   “…And coming up after the break: travel tips from Matt Lauer,” came the voice from the TV.   “Oh this could be good,” I thought.   It’s been a bit of a while now, but here’s what I remember of Matt Lauer’s travel tips. 1. If you think you’ll get … Continue reading »

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