Trois Etapes Launch 2014 and Route Announced
26 Mar 2014
On Tuesday, March 26th, NOMAN participated in 2014 Trois Etapes Launch, where event organizer Cosaveli unveiled the 2014 Giro and Tour de France stages – they are steep and they are furious.
In day one of the Giro, riders will take on the Passo Pordoi, a 2339 m high mountain, with the gradient starting as soon as the team ride out from the hotel. The second day of the GIRO features the Passo Giau, which begins with 1200 m of a 9% gradient climb! The last day will be the ultimate test for the riders – it begins with a unique chance to ride through Sottaguda, a deep ravine cut through from solid rock with towering cliff edges that soar above the rider’s heads. Then, the final ascent of the Marmolada will begin… even for a seasoned climber it is a true test of physical and mental skill.
The event was fantastic gathering of nearly 300 people including representatives from the various sponsors and participating charities such as Kids Company and World Bicycle Relief. Tour du France winner Carlos Sastre and Olympic Gold Medalist Nicole Cooke were interviewed by ITV’s Matt Barbet. In one of the more entertaining parts of the evening, Sastre volunteered himself as a masseuse for all of the other squads… We should put him on the official Support Team!
We went over the challenge with Ian Field, our Team Pro, who is wrapping up his professional season to focus on getting the NOMAN GIRO team to the podium, and also met his lovely girlfriend, Annie Simpson, for the first time. Not only is she an outstanding cyclist, she’s an amazing baker as well – and promised to bake for the NOMAN team if Ian Field leads us to victory on June 9. We also met a new member of the team, Matt Hill, who finished in the top 10% in the Etapes de Tour last year. Chris Wardrop, our Directeur Sportif, made an appearance to see how the team was shaping up.
The NOMAN GIRO team have a lot of work to do. @TeamdziUK has already been in Tenerife to train as a cohesive unit!!