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by Mark Zalewski
June 22, 2016
Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Stars-and-stripes saga: The backstory behind Greg Daniel’s missing national champion’s jersey; Dimension Data long-list for Tour de France; IAM Cycling for Tour de France; Bora-Argon 18 Tour de France roster; Matt Brammeier on his work beyond racing; Cavendish talks nutrition; USA Cycling Pro Road Tour standings update; Shane Kelly backs Shane Perkins for Rio; Eight-year-old conquers Col du Tourmalet; Vos not concerned with Rio problems; Aviva Women’s Tour stage 5 highlights; POV inside the Lotto-Soudal team bus; Copenhagen video bid for the Grand Depart
On June 11, eight-year-old British cyclist Alfie Earl climbed the famous Col du Tourmalet, one of the youngest riders to summit this famous mountain pass.
He and his father rode the climb in three-and-a-half hours.
“It took us 15 minutes to get coffee in the cafe because bystanders wanted to shake his hand and take pictures,” said his father Steve Earl.
While there is no official record, the younger Earl is certainly in the running. “We asked around in cycling shops in the area and apparently a nine-year-old local has been up it but they couldn’t remember an eight-year-old ever doing it before, so Alfie is quite smug with himself!”
Alfie has also completed the Tour of Flanders sportive.
Click through to read more at Cycling Weekly.