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Date set for Vinokourov trial; Women’s peloton forms own union: Daily News Digest
Caja Rural rider Freddy Ovett is one of many pro riders who live in Girona. Trade team allegiances are shrugged aside when training, with riders from many teams clocking up kilometres together. He’s written an entertaining post on Peloton Brief about some of the things he has learned about these training rides.
Here’s an excerpt:
Let’s be honest, cyclists are an unorganised bunch, at best. Although your standard “what riding you got tomorrow” WhatsApp message to your go to pedal-pal seems a foolproof system, there are instances of rare failures, rather dramatic ones to be exact. In our case for example, the victim was Matt Brammeier.
Having ridden with Nathan [Haas] and Marcel [Kittel] for the past week, the meeting point began at the standard place of the ‘Correos’, affectionately known to cycling locals as the ‘Postie’. After a few days, for various reasons, there was a shift of meeting point to the River-Café.
The following morning there was a long ride planned to leave from there at 10am. We all met there, exchanged the usual ‘man it’s getting cold’ lines, clicked in and rolled out. 2hrs down the track at our first stop we all checked our phones to find that all of us had missed calls and messages from Brammeier. It was pretty clear at that point from Marcel’s expletives that he was the reason for whatever dilemma Matt was in. “#$#@! I told him we were meeting at the Postie!”
Click through to read more at Peloton Brief.