Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!; Jan Hirt wins Tour of Austria; Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour; Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees; Tactical error? BMC Racing loses out to Froome on Tour’s first big mountain stage; Dan Martin feeling ‘great’ as Tour de France heads for familiar roads; Froome defends action against fan; Commentary: Why Chris Froome was right to punch that spectator; Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business; New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team; Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases; Tour de France, stage 9 recap; Tour de France, stage 8 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 7 on-board highlights; POV footage of Adam Yates crash into 1km inflatable; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 7; 6-year-old tries Froome’s aero-tuck

Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases

by Matt de Neef

Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France finished in the tiny principality of Andorra. For many riders, this tiny landlocked state — 1/20th the size of Melbourne — is much more than just another destination on the 2016 Tour — it’s a place they call home for most of the year.

So what makes it so desirable? A lot of hills, for one. And the weather (despite what we saw at the finish!) is normally very temperate. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Andorra’s capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, perched some 1,023 metres above sea level. And from there it only goes up. The average elevation nationwide is a touch under 2,000m, the highest peak reaches 2,942m, and the highest pass — the Port d’Envalira — peaks at 2,408m. That particular pass features early in stage 10 of the Tour while stage 9 concludes with the 10km ascent to the Arcalis ski resort.

While the terrain in Andorra certainly favours those who enjoy riding uphill, there are opportunities for the flat-land specialists nearby as well.

“Obviously there are a lot of mountains but if you want the flats you go out of Andorra and you go into Spain a little bit,” Rohan Dennis said. “You just basically train in the valleys there.”

And with Andorra being little more than 25km across — north to south and east to west — getting out of the country doesn’t take long at all.

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