European Spring at the Tour de Romandie

European Spring at the Tour de Romandie from Practicebicycle Bike Tours

By: Practicebicycle Bike Tours  23-Feb-2011

Be part of the action at the Tour de Romandie!
The "Tour de Romandie" holds a prestigious position on the International World Tour on the last week-end of April and is the final lead up race to the Giro d'Italia which starts the following week.

The history of the Tour de Romandie started in 1947, when the "Union Cycliste Suisse" (Swiss Cycling Federation) was celebrating its 50th anniversary and wished to promote the 6 cantons (areas) of the Romandie region of southern Switzerland.
This first edition of the Tour attracted 40 riders, divided into 10 teams, with 4 stages and a total distance of 755 miles (1208km) a staggering 300km per day!  The winner was Desire Keteleer (BEL) from Gino Bartali (ITA) and Ferdy Kubler (SWI).  Over the years many great champions of cycling have won this event including ; Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi, Bernard Thevenet, Joop Zoetemelk, Giuseppe Saronni, Phil Anderson, Bernard Hinault, Stephen Roche, Charly Mottet, Tony Rominger, Andy Hampsten, Laurent Jalabert, Andreas Kloden, Cadel Evans and Roman Kreuziger.

Today this spectacular 6 day bike race gives you the stunning opportunity of viewing the best 160 professional bike racers live from the roadside and to ride in this unique, cultural and spectacular part of Europe, on the northern shores of Lake Leman (Geneva) with a postcard backdrop of the French Alps and Mt Blanc.


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