2017

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15 January 2017

The past two months were without professional cycling. Yes, there was track racing and cyclocross. Quite interesting to watch, but not as intense as a road race (in my opinion). So I am happy that in two days the Tour Down Under will start again. Although here in Europe the broadcasting is early in the morning, so I won’t be able to watch the race live. Still, the race is great to follow, not only because of the race itself, but also to figure out who is on which team now. There are so many new teams, new colours and changes that it is hard to get on track.

The good thing about cycling is that the cycling races actually never change. I know that the Tour of Qatar got cancelled, due to a lack of funding.  But other than that the calendar looks pretty much the same. And I cannot say that I will miss the Tour of Qatar.  Still, I am aware of the fact that a new cycling season is about to begin. I am starting to check out the profiles of the riders on Twitter and Instagram again. I can tell there is lots of training and lots of kangaroos. It feels good to know that we still have so much to watch this year. Bring it on, 2017!

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The boys of Team Sky are training on Australian roads. Wonderful!
© Team Sky

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Presentation of the BORA-hansgrohe team at the Tour Down Under. The hair of Peter Sagan has grown again. © BORA-hansgrohe

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Enric Mas Nicolau and Petr Vakoc are holding a kangaroo. It is so cute!
© Quick Step Floors Cycling Team

morne-de-klerk-caleb-winsAnd the first win goes to… Caleb Ewan. Winner of the People’s Choice Classic.
© Orica-Scott / Morne de Klerk

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