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by Scott Penzarella on August 08, 2014
As recapped by the race organizers of Cosaveli, it was an amazing day for Team SV / dZi Foundation here at the 2014 Trois Etapes, the global pro-am race in France. We couldn't be more pleased with the result.
“A strong team performance in hot conditions saw the dZi Foundation Black Team take the lead after today’s Stage 1 of the Trois Etapes Tour.
The day started with a closed road roll out and police escort from Lourdes. The early neutral section hugged the river through some of the most stunning scenery in the Pyrenees. The first test came on the Col des Borderes, a short leg stretcher before a fast descent down into Arrens Marsous and the start of GC1 over the top of the Col du Soulor. Points were awarded for the seventh rider over the line.
The weather proved to be one of the biggest challenges with temperatures reaching the low thirties; making good team work, a solid strategy and hydration all important factors. The teams then dropped down to Eschartes to start second timed section, the Col des Spandelles. The top four riders’ average times were taken for this section.
It was the dZi Foundation Black team who took an early lead in Stage 1. The charity has enjoyed continued success at the Trois Etapes, winning the Trois Etapes Giro event earlier in the year. As far as team stage racing goes, it’s early days and there’s still plenty to play for. Tomorrow's Stage 2 also features the Col du Soulor, from the reverse direction. (Note, it was dZi Europe, a team established here in Europe that won the Trois Etapes Giro this spring, not the current team).
This is the fourth Edition of the Trois Etapes. The events give riders the chance to truly experience team cycling, with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour.”
We are so incredibly proud of the event’s youngest rider, Studio Velo client and friend, Eli Kranfuss, who rode the best ride of the day and is becoming quickly our absentee pro.