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by Scott Penzarella on August 12, 2014
After 3 challenging days in the French Pyrenees, climbing over 20,000 feet and riding more than 200 miles, the 2014 Studio Velo/dZi Foundation team locks ups their second consecutive Trois Etapes, the largest pro-am race in the world and one of the most important charity events on the calendar for many non-profits.
“A great performance from the dZi Foundation Black team on the Col du Tourmalet during Stage 3, as described by Michele Smyth of Cosaveli, “meant that the team (the US dZi Foundation Team) took an emphatic victory in the Trois Etapes Tour 2014.”
The Studio Velo/dZi Foundation finished the fourth GC section of the event in 1:06:56, “leading by quite a margin” over the competition, as described by the race organizers. Hollybank Trust and Opportunity International, who also put in an incredible performance, retained top podium positions for the race.
Michele continued her summary of the event by noting “the all-women’s team, riding for World Bicycle Relief, delivered outstanding results in all three Stages with 4x World Ironman Champion, Christie Wellington, and Specialized-Lululemon’s rider, Evelyn Stevens.”
The final day’s race ended with an incredibly fast and technical descent town the north side of the Tourmalet, lead gracefully by our pro, Ian Field, the 3x and reigning UK National Cyclocross Champion. “It was great to have Ian back in the race,” say one of the dZi team riders, “after illness caused him to miss Stage 1.” Ian, whose depth and experience in cycling at all levels, brought confidence to the team on the final day and consequently road tempo into a firm headwind all the way back to Lourdes, helping the team successfully survive the final kilometers of the day. Once safely back in Lourdes, the final awards ceremony over a robust launch concluded the amazing weekend.