Criterium du Dauphiné 2019 Pro Cycling Tour

The Criterium du Dauphiné (CDD) is a great cycling event that is usually held in the month of June in the beautiful region of France, which is the territory in the South -east of the country, that includes the departments of Isère, Drôme, and Hautes-Alpes.

Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Stage 6 La Rosière Avergne Rhone Alpes Savoie
Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Stage 6 La Rosière Avergne Rhone Alpes Savoie

This cycling race is a great opportunity for the professional cyclists and teams to get an idea about where they stand with their preparation compared to their rivals, at only three weeks away from the more important ” Tour de France” (TdF). Most of the CDD stages are ridden on the same roads of the TdF, therefore is also a great opportunity to inspect the terrain on which they’ll be competing again in three weeks time.

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Been mainly an alpine region, the Dauphiné presents stunning landscapes and beathtaking sceneries with beautiful mountains always in the background. The race itself is therefore usually more suitable for a climber type of cyclist, however usually a couple of flatter stages and a Time Trial day can help an overall rider with a strong team to aim for victory.

This 2019 edition has been won by Jakob Fuglsang of Team Astana ahead of Tejay Van Garderen of Team EF Education First, and Emanuel Buchmann of Team Bora – Hansgrohe. Adam Yates of Team Mitchelton-Scott was in the lead of the race up until stage 7, then unfortunately had to retire from the competition due to a stomach problem.

Adam Yates of Team Mitchelton - Scott in Yellow Jersey @FabrizioMalisan
Adam Yates of Team Mitchelton – Scott in Yellow Jersey @FabrizioMalisan

Julian Alaphilippe of Team Deceuninck-Quickstep came to this CDD without expectation he said, but been the amazing talent he is, he’s won a stage and finished in Champéry with the climber’s Polka Dot jersey on his shoulders. Wout Van Aert has won the Green Jersey for the points classification, and BJORG LAMBRECHT is the winner of the White Jersey, for the young rider’s classification. Amongst all the great riders in this year’s Criterium du Dauphiné, there was Chris Froome of Team Ineos that unfortunately had to pull out pretty soon due to an accident that unfortunately seem to keep him out from competing also in the TdF. Let’s hope he’ll be able to get back as soon as possible and so, we wish hil all the best for a speedy recovery.

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Nairo Quintana of  Team Movistar, Dan Martin of Team UAE Emirates and Romain Bardet of Team Ag2r were also in the group but probably mainly just in preparation for the TdF. Anyway, this CDD has clearly given an indication of the conditions of riders and teams leading to the TdF 2019, of course this is only a week-long event, whether the “Grande Boucle” is a much heavier 3 WEEKS of challenging long stages where anything can happen.

Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates spinning his legs towards the Tour de France 2019
Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates spinning his legs towards the Tour de France 2019

More of my images of the event on here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabriziomalisan/albums/72157709084626247

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A visit to the Museo del Ciclismo Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Museum by @fabulousport

A visit to the Museo del Ghisallo Cycling Museum @MuseoGhisallo http://www.museodelghisallo.it

Located in Magreglio overlooking Lake Como, by the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel contains an exposition of vintage bicycles and cycling memorabilia, many trophies and cycling photography history.

Beside the church there is the cycling museum “Museo del Ciclismo del Ghisallo”.

Very recommended a visit if you love cycling history and it’s also a great area to discover for cycletouring if you are a keen cyclist.

Just passed the church, the road descends for a few kilometres towards Erba, then with a right turn at a roundabout, you will discover the Sormano climb with also the steepest climb variation called the “Muro di Sormano” a 1800 metres climb with a 12% to 27% gradient!

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Selle Italia Slr Superflow Bike Saddle Test @fabulousport

After experiencing a lot of pain using a bike saddle that wasn’t good for me, the Selle Italia Monolink, I’ve decided to test another model but still giving a chance to Selle Italia as a brand. This new one to test is the Selle Italia SLR Superflow and it’s shaped with a major cut-out to allow ventilation as you ride. From Selle Italia’ website: “SLR Superflow L. The optimal sitting position on the toughest saddle
The sophistication and strength of the SLR range are combined with the benefits of SuperFlow technology to maximise your riding experience with an optimal saddle position.”
I haven’t used it for too long, but I can already say that it’s a much better design and comfortable saddle to ride, particarly at the moment, been summer and at 30*C the ventilation really helps.

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Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Cycling

Stage 7 of this year 2018 #CriteriumduDauphiné from Moutiers climbed it’s way to Bourg St. Maurice and to the #CormetDeRoselend in the #Beaufort Julian Alaphilippe of Quick Step Cycling Team was the first to pass by at this point.                                                                SUBSCRIBE TO FABULOUS SPORT OUTDOORS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

(Source: Criterium du Dauphiné’s website:”131 riders have started stage 7 in Moûtiers. Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) was the first attacker at km 6 but he didn’t stay away more than two kilometres as the peloton reacted. Team Sky denied any attacker the possibility to ride away from the peloton before the ascent to the Cormet de Roselend. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) was the first to take off in the climb. After he got caught, he managed to react to a later attack by Dani Navarro (Cofidis). David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates) and Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) accompanied the Spaniard before being rejoined by Alaphilippe and Pierre Rolland (EF Education First). Gaudu crested the Cormet de Roselend in first position.”) #Beaufortain beautiful valley with stunning landscape views overlooking the lake #Roseland a big water dam where the surrounding mountain peaks reflects in it.

Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport
Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport

Geraint Thomas of Cycling Team Sky was in Yellow Jersey as race leader ending up winning this year’s edition in Saint Gervais Mont Blanc.

Pro Team Astana Vehicle driving through the colourful fields of Cormet de Roselend
Pro Team Astana Vehicle driving through the colourful fields of Cormet de Roselend

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Paola Gianotti’s new challenge ahead: Giro d’Italia 2018 #ILgiroDiPaola #ioRispettoILciclista

Paola is a Guinness World Record holder for the fastest woman to cycle around the Globe. She has then gone onto achieve and complete several other long distance cycling events, including the Red Bull Trans Siberian Race.
So she can now be included in the ULTRACYCLIST‘s category.
Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave
Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave © Fabrizio Malisan Photography

Her book “Sognando l’Infinito” has received many awards and has been enjoyed by many whether they’re cyclists or not. Paola’s motivating motto #KeepBrave, tells you that anything is possible, if you set your mind to it and to follow your dreams and passions to achieve whatever you want in your life. The book is only written in Italian however, it is available on AMAZON : Paola Gianotti – Sognando l’Infinito

Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave
Paola Gianotti #iorispettoilciclista #ilgirodipaola Keep Brave ©FabrizioMalisanPhotography

Paola is about to cycle all the Italian Stages of the Giro d’Italia 2018, one day ahead of the official race, to spread road cycling safety awareness all around Italy. See more images here on my FLICKR. She also ride this Giro to remember Alfonsina Strada(16 March 1891 – 13 September 1959) who was an Italian cyclist, and the only woman to have ridden one of cycling’s three major stage races. She started in the Giro d’Italia in 1924 when the organisers mistook her for a man. Newspapers called her The Devil in a dress.[1]  Her racing career included an Italian record which lasted 26 years. She died aged 69 as she propped up her motorcycle after riding to a bicycle race.

I, Fabrizio Malisan @fabulouSport  will be part of her team, where we’ll follow and support Paola Gianotti in her Italian Giro 2018 adventure. Please subscribe to this blog where I’ll give you regular updates on Paola’s progress or press LIKE ON:

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Rose Bikes Unboxing Bicycle Test Ride Road Bike Review by @fabulousport

Rose Bikes is an online website-based cycling shop from Germany.
The philosophy of the company is to provide a great ‘value for money’ service, good quality bicycles and components at a more affordable price than the competitors.
This is a personal honest experience as a customer. The service has been fantastic, the bike’s arrived exactly within the 3 weeks from when the order was placed on the Rose-Bikes website: http://www.rosebikes.com

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The bicycles are very well packaged for delivery, in a thick padded carton box. Bike assembly is very easy, you only need to straighten the handlebars, fit the seat-post and saddle, adjust in it to your height, put the skewer in the front wheel and attach it to the front fork, add pedals ..and that’s it, you’re good to go out riding your new bike.
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Cycling Tour Vlog: Rosazza Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piedmont Italy @fabulousport

The Biellese region is a fabulous land for cycling, offering several quiet roads to ride. Cycling is a great way to explore and discover these beautiful landscapes of the northern Piedmont region of Italy.
In this video I’m showing you a great climb, with quite a challenging gradient, reaching about 15%, but very rewarding and panoramic.
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The climb begins once passed Biella, a lovely ride up through the Valle Cervo which is a valley that feels like time has stood still. The ride is very pleasant surrounded by very beautiful characteristic houses and picturesque villages along the river. Just before you get to the town of Rosazza, there’s a left turn on a bridge, then left again towards San Giovanni and Galleria di Rosazza, the tunnel that leads to Oropa on the other side of the mountain. However, whilst you are there, I recommend you cycle all the way to the end of the Cervo Valley, to visit Rosazza and Piedicavallo, both really interesting little villages.

It’s always more exciting to cycle up a hill from one side and descend the other side, as it really feels like travelling further.

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The Sanctuary of Oropa has hosted a few Giro d’Italia stage finishes. It’s a great road to climb from the town of Biella, winding it’s way up to the Sanctuary.

Cycling Tour Vlog Rosazza in Valle Cervo to Oropa Sanctuary Biella Piemonte Piedmont region of Italy by @fabulousport
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Cycling Loop Ivrea – Oropa via Valle Cervo

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