12 January 2016
It’s January and the internet is full of photos of cyclists. Some of the riders are already in Australia to prepare themselves for their first race of the season, the Tour Down Under. The weather over there seems to be changing every day, according to some of the riders. One day it is sunny and warm, the other day it is raining and cold. The Astana Pro Team and Team Lampre-Merida are two teams that are already training in Adelaide.
© Astana Pro Team
© Team Lampre-Merida
These teams are used to the weather conditions already, while the guys from Team LottoNL-Jumbo were still on their way to Australia. They seem to enjoy themselves on the plane though. They are travelling together, because of the extremely long travel time by plane to the other end of the world.
© Maarten Tjallingi
Most of the other teams are training together in the south of Europe. Majorca and Calpe are favorites this year. The temperature is not too high, the roads are good there and most riders don’t have to travel too far to get there.
© Alejandro Valverde
Oh yes, they sure know how to smile. The riders from Team Movistar know how to pose nicely in front of a camera. Meanwhile, the riders from Team Giant-Alpecin act on a whole different level when they see a camera. Nico Waeytens made a selfie with his teammates during a training. He is new in the team, so he will have to get used to photos like the one below. Judge for yourself.
© Nico Waeytens
The Cannondale Pro Cycling Team is on training camp too. But training camps include rest days as well, so the riders went out for a ‘coffee ride’. I dare to say that more time was spent sitting outside that coffee shop than riding on the road.
© Sebastian Langeveld
Team Sky is training on Majorca. Most of them wear the blue kit, but Wout Poels has to be the exception again. Michal Kwiatkowski calls him the black sheep of the team and says that there is one ‘in every herd’.
© Michal Kwiatkowski
Okay, after seeing the photo below, we will all know that Calpe is full of riders. Sometimes they bump into each other. Four riders from Zalf Euromobil Fior under 23 Cycling Team met Bernhard Eisel (Team Dimension Data), Valerio Conti and Simone Petilli (Team Lampre-Merida) during a training. Time for a selfie! Training camps. I guess it’s a good thing that they were invented.
From left to right: Pietro Andreoletti (ZEF), Valerio Conti (LAM) , Bernhard Eisel (DDD), Nicola Bagioli (ZEF), Michael Bresciani (ZEF), Simone Petilli (LAM) and Franceso Rosa (ZEF) / © Pietro Andreoletti